United v Arsenal: Van Gaal seeks victory in ‘Cup Final’

Manchester United v Arsenal, FA Cup Quarter Final, Old Trafford, 9 March 2015

Up for the cup? Manchester United’s FA Cup record in recent years suggests anything but. Now more than a decade since the club’s last victory in the world’s oldest tournament, manager Louis van Gaal says other priorities take precedent once again. Plus ça change each season for the past decade and more. Typically league and […]

Pragmatic Van Gaal seeks points ahead of philosophy

Wayne Rooney

Manchester United’s bench said much. The list of those who didn’t feature speaks even louder. Ander Herrera, Juan Mata and Adnan Januzaj – three of United’s most technically gifted players – were used for not a second of the Reds’ diligent 2-1 victory over Arsenal on Saturday night. This was Louis van Gaal’s first win […]

Arsenal v United: Reds face resurgent Welbeck

Arsenal v Manchester United, Premier League, Emirates, 22 November 2014

“If it wasn’t for bad luck,” penned Stax singer William Bell, “I wouldn’t have no luck at all.” It is, surely, a sentiment that resonates with Louis van Gaal. His squad has been decimated by injuries for much of the season, and yet the recent international break has brought little but further cause for concern. […]

Preview: Arsenal v United

Arsenal Manchester United

Which side will crack under the pressure? Manchester United, having lost five of nine games in 2014, slipping to seventh place in the Premier League; or Arsenal, just two points from the league summit, but a team in shock having been smashed by Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday? United’s draw with Fulham on Sunday afternoon […]

Victory over Arsenal is Moyes’ opportunity and threat

Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney

Attrition. It was, at times, little more subtle than trench warfare; Manchester United’s ambition bent, it seemed, on the utter destruction of the visitor’s rhythm. The strategy worked, of course, negating the visitors’ superior technique to a series of personal physical duels and tactical battles at set pieces. Indeed, United’s performance against Arsenal on Sunday […]

Preview: United v Arsenal

Robin van Persie

It has to be more than a decade since Arsenal arrived at Old Trafford in such buoyant mood, with Arsène Wenger’s outfit leading the Premier League by five points heading into Sunday’s clash – a full eight ahead of the hosts. Victory for the Londoners this weekend might just put the title beyond United’s reach […]

Preview: Arsenal v United

Phil Jones Arsenal

Robin van Persie will command the headlines Sunday afternoon, although the former Arsenal striker is unlikely to receive a welcoming entrance at the Emirates. Manchester United’s visit to north London less than a week after claiming the Premier League title ensures that the Dutchman garners a much discussed ‘Guard of Honour’ from his former colleagues; […]

Frustrated Fergie challenges Reds on van Persie’s special day

Robin van Persie celebration

Comfortable, then, was victory for Manchester United over Arsenal on Saturday afternoon, stretching a record against the London opponents to eight wins in the past 10 fixtures. Yet, the 2-1 scoreline at Old Trafford barely tells the full picture of United’s total dominance against an Arsenal so tepid that it is tempting to wonder whether […]

Preview: United v Arsenal

Manchester United v Arsenal - Premier League, Old Trafford - Saturday 3 November, 12.45pm

The odds, according to one well-known bookmaker, are a little short of 100/1 that Manchester United and Arsenal will share nine goals between them this weekend. Surely cheap at a half the price if the past week is anything to go by. Four goals down at half-time against Reading in the Capital One Cup, the […]