Reds face tough choice in search for De Gea alternative

David De Gea

It is football’s equivalent of Oscar Season; that time of year when the gongs are handed out and the focus is on individuals rather than teams. This year Manchester United’s sole nominee at the Professional Footballers Association ceremony, held last Sunday, was David De Gea. As the country’s outstanding stopper the Spaniard fully deserved recognition after being voted […]

Smalling signs but his place is far from certain

Chris Smalling

It has, at times, been a strange campaign for Chris Smalling. From the “stupid” pariah after dismissal at Manchester City back in November to United’s most accomplished defender in recent weeks. If anything Smalling’s past two months have been his finest in four and a half seasons at United – with a new contract the reward and a […]

Transfer potshot

Louis van Gaal

The season is not quite over yet, but the time is nigh for the Manchester United’s squad to be assessed in anticipation of the upcoming transfer window. After all, Louis Van Gaal must have seen enough of his men to draw up a list of summer additions – and the Dutchman has reportedly been handed […]

Van Gaal’s aura sets him apart in an era of change

Louis van Gaal

Only a few months ago there remained a section of Manchester United’s support that suggested David Moyes should have remained in charge at Manchester United. False equivalencies were made, comparing points totals from different seasons, and £150 million reasons were offered as to why Moyes had it harder than Louis van Gaal. If Moyes under-achieved […]

Once lost, now found at Anfield

Juan Mata

Rant could feign indifference. Not that, somehow, there wasn’t full of joy taken from Manchester United’s outstanding victory over Liverpool on Sunday, but that schadenfreude didn’t take complete hold. The truth, however, is that there is very little more enjoyable than beating Liverpool at Anfield. Better still when the opposing captain departs in rambunctious ignominy – […]

Van Gaal’s only option is to attack

Wayne Rooney, Ander Herrera, Angel Di Maria

Manchester United has succumbed to a second season without silverware after defeat to Arsenal in the FA Cup on Monday. At most clubs, this might not be a big deal, where each trophy earned is cherished. The fact that United is in the midst of such tumult says much more about the club. Few clubs […]

Van Gaal’s mystique broken on the promise of rapid gain

Louis van Gaal, Ryan Giggs

There is in historiographic thinking a concept, an idea if you will, that advances in science, technology and society produce an improvement in the human condition. That, indeed, this “progress” is innately desirable. This idea is deeply ingrained in modern culture; that progress is the sum of these advances and, according to sociologist Robert Nisbet, […]

Van Gaal set to unleash width

Angel Di Maria

Manchester United’s 2-1 loss to Swansea City last weekend marked a new low in Louis van Gaal’s tenure at the club. With an unlikely hand from Liverpool, United remained in the top four, but with the Reds dangerously close to slipping out of the Champions League spots, and struggling to dispatch lower league sides, the […]