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van Gaal ushers in a brave new tactical dawn

While the 7-0 scoreline spoke amply to its effectiveness, it was Manchester United’s tactical complexity that astounded in Louis Van Gaal’s debut against LA Galaxy on Wednesday night. The veteran manager’s strategy was far more intricate and exotic than any employed by David Moyes’ yet the team carried out the plan with remarkable fluidly despite an unfamiliar back-three system. The complexity of the approach fed through to the media, with morning reports varying in their analysis of van … more

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Poll: which ‘world star’ should United sign?

Executive vice chairman Ed Woodward claims that Manchester United can break the world transfer record for player, with manager Louis van Gaal working under no fixed budget. Speaking during United's tour of the USA, Woodward echoed previous sentiments … more

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Louis van Gaal, Wayne Rooney

van Gaal gets busy erasing Moyes’ legacy

There has been no word on David Moyes' fabled iPad bunker. You know the one - the Scot's replica of Everton's Finch Farm transfer headquarters: whiteboard lists of targets and touchscreen analytics married effortlessly to interactive profiles on … more

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Everything you wanted to know about pre-season

Louis van Gaal's 25-man Manchester United squad set flight for California on Friday ahead of a three-week pre-season tour of the United States - a regular summer fixture with so many stateside with sponsors to please. Games follow against LA Galaxy, … more

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No limit to Reds commercial gain – now for squad renewal

It is, in every sense, an extraordinary deal. Some 13 years after Manchester United first hooked up with Nike, executive vice chairman Ed Woodward has brokered a shirt manufacturing contract with adidas that is worth at least £750 million to the club … more


World Cup Rant Cast – the final countdown

In the final special World Cup Rant Cast of the summer Ed & Paul look back on two dramatic semi finals: Germany's demolition of hosts Brazil, and Argentina's penalty shootout victory of Netherlands. Rant Cast looks forward to Sunday's World … more

Ander Herrera

Data Rant: box-to-box midfielders

The soon-to-depart midfielder Anderson was converted from a typical advanced playmaker to an ‘eight’ by Sir Alex Ferguson – the rationale being that the Brazilian has all the attributes of a great box-to-box midfielder. Anderson has not lived up … more

Marouanne Fellaini

Coiffured Fellaini faces a United career cut short

There is no degree of prolixity in an assertion that this has not been a good year for Marouane Fellaini. The Belgian's disastrous first season with Manchester United ended with the Reds trophyless, managerless and the £27.5 million signing roundly … more

Adnan Januzaj

United’s new kit is…

The annual cycle of corporate nonsense and glib spin: Manchester United's kit launch. Two years ago the club released, to much fanfare about Manchester's "industrial heritage," something akin to a £60 tablecloth. Last year, with a kit that actually … more


World Cup Rant Cast – eight to go

In another special Rant Cast regular presenters Ed & Paul look forward to the World Cup quarter-finals and back at a dramatic Round of 16. Eight knock-out games down, just eight to go as each of the group winners secured a place in the next round … more