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eat, sleep, rant

Out-of-touch Van Gaal has failed – now for the inevitable endgame

Ed January 9, 2016 Tags: , , Opinion 44 comments
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It was, one supporter departing Old Trafford claimed, the worst Manchester United performance in more than 30 years. Perhaps not, there have been some truly devastating defeats in that time, but few supporters can remember less entertainment on a night where United’s passivity in the face of a supposedly inferior opposition reached a fresh nadir. Indeed, the Reds’ narrow FA Cup victory over League One Sheffield United, despite a rash of defeats in December, may yet come to be seen as peak Louis van Gaal – a day when the tide finally turned in the endgame of the Dutchman’s Old Trafford departure. Read More

Van Gaal sets sights on silverware as Reds welcome Sheffield United

Daniel Bennett January 9, 2016 Tags: , Latest 2 comments
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The last time Sheffield United visited Old Trafford, back in 2007, Manchester United was on course for a 16th league title under Sir Alex Ferguson. The Scot earned plaudits for the way he had once again rebuilt a young, hungry side, following the summer sale of Ruud Van Nistelrooy. The Reds were playing attacking, free-flowing football, with Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo leading the attack, and comfortably won 2-0 at Old Trafford. How times change. Read More

The clock is ticking on Juan Mata’s Old Trafford career

Adam Joseph January 8, 2016 Tags: , Latest, Opinion 12 comments
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January 25th, 2014. Ex-Chelsea playmaker Juan Mata makes his grand entrance at Manchester United, arriving aboard a helicopter at Carrington to meet Ed Woodward and David Moyes, as the Spaniard moves in a then club-record £37.1 million transfer from Stamford Bridge to Old Trafford. Almost two years to that day Mata could be heading for the exit, with the rest of this season potentially determining his future. Read More

Data Rant: pressing

Jay Shon January 7, 2016 Tags: , , Data 6 comments
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Aside from an obsession with possession the mainstay of Louis van Gaal’s philosophy has been an insistence on a high line. Curiously, however, the heavy pressing that usually accompanies adventurous defensive positioning has been noticeably absent at Old Trafford. Read More

Michael Carrick – from coach’s dream to coaching dream

Thariq Amir January 6, 2016 Tags: Opinion 6 comments
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“I changed Herrera because I wanted to waste time – what Swansea were doing the whole match,” admitted Louis van Gaal after his side’s 2-1 defeat of the Swans. Manchester United’s was a welcome, if nervy victory on Saturday, but lost among all that was the fact that Michael Carrick, the Spaniard’s replacement, was making his 400th appearance for  the club. Read More

10 predictions for 2016

Ed January 2, 2016 Tags: , , , Opinion 11 comments
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The year ended much as it began: with Louis van Gaal’s side languishing well behind the Premier League leaders, exiled from European competition and out of at least one domestic cup. Plus ça change, Louis. United’s run of eight matches without a victory as 2015 closed helped to end the year with a sense of crisis in the air. The new year begins with Van Gaal under pressure to turn the team around, Ed Woodward to secure the resources his heavily backed manager needs, and the fans to remain positive amid what is beginning to feel like permanent decline. 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

United’s sporting dilemma

Thariq Amir December 30, 2015 Tags: , Opinion 8 comments
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“Until the club understands what it stands for, and how it operates beyond making deals with regional noodle vendors, any manager will struggle.” – United Rant Twitter feed, 22 December 2015

Manchester United is now a fully blown Glazer entity, a cash cow being milked to the nth degree and then some.  The club can boast a total of 21 global, 16 regional, 15 media and 14 financial partners; more than 60 partners in total. Talk about leveraging an asset. Read More