Van Gaal seeks title push as Reds visit Stamford Bridge

Daniel Bennett February 6, 2016 Tags: , Matches No comments
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Manchester United, in fifth, travel to 13th-placed Chelsea on Sunday, with Louis van Gaal’s side seeking to mount a serious challenge for the top four. It is a sentence few would have believed if mentioned in August. Yet, mediocrity has struck at both Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge this season, with neither set of supporters enjoying the football on offer for much of the campaign. Read More

Van Gaal calls for consistency ahead of Stoke visit

Daniel Bennett February 1, 2016 Tags: , Matches 12 comments
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Boxing Day 2015. Manchester United, beaten 2-0 by Stoke City, left the Britannia Stadium flattered by a disappointing scoreline. Louis van Gaal marched down the touchline waving at the traveling United fans. Many saw it as an apologetic goodbye; few thought they would see Van Gaal in the dugout again. The defeat left United without a win in seven games over a period that saw the Reds crash out of the Champions League and slip down the domestic table. Read More

Reds in make-or-break cup tie at Derby

Daniel Bennett January 29, 2016 Tags: , Matches 6 comments
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“Awful and horrible,” are two words that might suitably describe Manchester United at the moment, with turmoil on- and off the field continuing to dominate the headlines. I was apt that Louis van Gaal should this week use the line to describe speculation surrounding his job prospects. Few Reds will feel sympathy with the Dutchman. Read More

Van Gaal rues injury luck ahead of Saints’ visit

Ed January 22, 2016 Tags: , Matches 8 comments
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Relaxed. It was the dominant adjective describing Louis van Gaal’s performance in the Dutchman’s meet-the-press gathering on Friday. The Dutchman, whose propensity to last in the Manchester United job has been questioned more than once in the past two months, has cut an irritable figure of late. Little wonder – the veteran manager has built a career on surety of opinion, if nothing else, and doubts raised by pundits, supporters and the fourth estate do not sit easily with Van Gaal’s increasingly challenged worldview. Yet, victories over Swansea City, Sheffield United and Liverpool have added to Van Gaal’s confidence, and a renewed sense of momentum since the turn of the year. Read More

Battle for top four begins as Reds face old enemy

Daniel Bennett January 16, 2016 Tags: , Matches 2 comments
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“I can’t stand Liverpool, I can’t stand Liverpool people, I can’t stand anything to do with them,” Gary Neville once noted of Manchester United’s opponents this Sunday. It is a sentiment that resonates with many. And so often in the past this game would have been the most important on the football calendar; two North West giants toe-to-toe in another Cup final or with a League title on the line. It is a very different time for English football’s greatest clubs. Read More

Stepping away from mediocrity: United’s New Year’s resolution begins with Swansea

Daniel Bennett January 1, 2016 Tags: , Matches 3 comments
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“We are improving every week and we will be better in 2015, just watch” – Louis van Gaal’s words in December 2014, just after his Manchester United side had ended the year with a draw at Tottenham Hotspur. Although the veteran couldn’t know it, he could not have been further from the truth. Despite finishing fourth back in May, Van Gaal’s side has offered supporters little over the past year other than disappointment. Having not won for eight games the Reds look to start the New Year in positive fashion with victory over struggling Swansea City on Saturday. Read More

Last chance for Van Gaal as Reds face Stoke

Daniel Bennett December 25, 2015 Tags: , Matches 7 comments
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Manchester United’s last visit to the Britannia, New Year’s Day 2015, resulted in the kind of scoreless draw that most sides would take on a cold, windy day away at Stoke City. This time is different; anything other than a win on Boxing Day could spell the end of Louis Van Gaal’s period at Old Trafford. After all, the Dutchman is overseeing his worst spell as United manager – six games without a win, the last three of which ended in defeats. In total United can boast just three wins in the past 13 games. Read More

United ‘must win’ weekend fixture with Norwich

Daniel Bennett December 19, 2015 Tags: , Matches 1 comment
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The last time Norwich City came to Old Trafford it was very different time at Manchester United. David Moyes had been sacked after defeat to Everton four days earlier, leaving Ryan Giggs to oversee United’s 4-0 victory over the Canaries in his first game as caretaker-manager. Fast forward 19 months and few supporters in the Premier League could have forecast the season’s events to date. Just under half way through the campaign, Leicester City sits top of the table, two points clear of Arsenal and three of Manchester City. Champions Chelsea, in stark contrast, lie 16th having sacked Jose Mourinho’s this week. Read More

Bournemouth v United: Van Gaal accuses fans of living ‘in the past’ in the hunt for glory

Ed December 12, 2015 Tags: , Matches 5 comments
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It wasn’t boring at least. Manchester United’s defeat at Wolfsburg on Tuesday featured five goals and the kind of drama that is supposed to happen on pivotal European nights. For better or worse, there has been little of this kind of entertainment at United this season. Yet, with the Reds out of Europe’s premier competition after defeat, Louis van Gaal is under pressure as never before. Two competitions down, two to go, plus an unwelcome spell in the Europa League lies ahead; the season could yet turn into a calamity. Read More