Time for Van Gaal to drop his stubborn front

Louis Van Gaal

It is as if the gripes and frustrations of several million Manchester United fans across the globe must now vent. Following another harrowing defeat at the hands of Swansea City – the second of the season – questions have unsurprisingly arisen regarding the direction of Louis van Gaal’s regime. The club may have lost just twice in the past 20 […]

Above all a team

Louis van Gaal, Robin van Perise

Outclassed, out-passed and creatively out-imagined at home by a side struggling to break out of the relegation zone –  last Wednesday Old Trafford witnessed Sean Dyche’s Burnley outplay Manchester United in almost every way. Yet, amazingly, it was Louis van Gaal’s side that earned three points at the end of the night to leapfrog Southampton […]

Rojo: United’s most satisfying surprise

Marcos Rojo

When the summer transfer window closed few would have anticipated that former Sporting Lisbon defender Marcos Rojo would establish himself as the best signing of Manchester United’s season. Acquired on a five-year deal for £16 million, the Argentine became the club’s third recruit of the off-season, following an impressive domestic season in Portugal in which […]

Long Ball United

Daley Blind, Marouane Fellaini

Strange times these. Not only is Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United side every bit as insipid as that presided over by David Moyes last season, but the Dutchman has seemingly taken on board his predecessor’s predilection for long-ball tactics. It’s in the data you know. And while statistics can tell many stories, for the moment […]

In defence of Radamel Falcao

Radamel Falcao

In seven days the club would have to sell 75,715 pies to cover Radamel Falcao’s hefty £260,000 weekly wage, and therefore it comes as little surprise that those less patient Manchester United fans are calling for the Colombian’s head. Signed on a season-long loan deal from AS Moncao, the Red Devils have the option to […]

Van Gaal’s quest for balance

Louis Van Gaal

Ushered in by a chilly January, snow finally hit Manchester this week, though Manchester United finally warmed up by winning two games on the trot. The Red Devils washed off the “bitter taste” of Leicester City’s 5-3 victory last September with a thumping 3-1 at Old Trafford last Saturday. It marked the return of the […]

Van Gaal retreats into philosophic accommodation

Cambridge United v Manchester United

It is the word that has become most synonymous with Louis van Gaal’s first six months at Manchester United: the “philosophy.” It is at one the Dutchman’s favoured “play style” and a system of coaching belief; his principles and a fundamental axiom. The philosophy has carried Van Gaal through two decades at the sharp end of […]

When the seagulls followed the trawler

Eric Cantona

Wednesday 25 January 1995. Alex Ferguson kicks open the door to the away dressing room at Selhurst Park and executes one of his infamous rants. “Manchester United does not settled for a draw against Crystal fucking Palace!” After a few carefully selected obscenities directed at his players 53-year-old Ferguson turns to Eric Cantona, who  had been […]

Wilson’s goal extends beyond QPR strike

James Wilson

It has not always been an easy campaign for James Wilson. Strange words for a player nominally behind Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao in Manchester United’s pecking order. Yet, while the Biddulph-born striker forced his way into manager Louis van Gaal’s thinking during the summer, Wilson has scored just once in the United […]

In defeat Van Gaal’s philosopy takes shape

Louis van Gaal

Manchester United’s performances with three at the back have rarely been good this season and the 1-0 loss to Southampton at Old Trafford at the weekend may be one poor showing too many in the formation. With Ashley Young now the only player in Louis van Gaal’s squad now injured the Dutchman has both the […]