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 […]

West Ham v United: Van Gaal demands victory

West Ham v Manchester United, Upton Park, Premier League, 7 February 2015

Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United side begins Sunday’s fixture in east London 13 points behind Premier League table-toppers Chelsea. The distance to José Mourinho’s side remains the final indicator of progress under the Dutchman, although European qualification is the only real ask of Van Gaal this season. In truth the Reds’ remain some way off the country’s […]

United v Leicester: Carrick out

Manchester United v Leicester City, Old Trafford, Premier League, 30 January 2015

In time Louis van Gaal will preside over far more important matches than Manchester United’s 5-3 defeat at Leicester City in September. There will, presumably, be title deciding games, trophies and glory along the way before the 62-year-old leaves Old Trafford – richer and more successful than when he started. That, at least, is the […]

United v Southampton: Van Gaal lauds fully fit Reds

Manchester United v Southampton, Premier League, Old Trafford, 4pm 11 January 2015

Home at last. Manchester United’s road-trip through the festive programme at Aston Villa, Stoke City, Tottenham Hotspur and Yeovil Town has stretched the Reds’ unbeaten run to 11 games, but, some might say, with little uptick in performances. Louis van Gaal’s outfit struggled at Villa and Stoke, ran out of steam in north London and […]

Rant writers on the year ahead

Louis Van Gaal

Say goodbye to 2014. It was a year that started horribly for Manchester United with a home defeat to Tottenham Hotspur and ended with the club on the up, albeit with a draw against the same opposition. Hello, then, to 2015: a year in which United will, well, we’re not quite sure… but United Rant’s […]

Stoke v United: Di Maria returns

Stoke City v Manchester United, Britannia Stadium, Premier League 1 January 2015

When will Louis Van Gaal crack the code? At the half way stage of the season United’s home record reads 10 games played and 25 points gained. It is a set of results second only to Chelsea’s this season. In stark contrast United has secured just 11 from nine games on the road – two points […]

Spurs v United: Louis bemoans fixture pile-up

Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United, White Hart Lane, Premier League, 28 December 2014

Welcome to England. Manchester United’s second game inside 48 hours is a phenomenon only of the game’s birthplace; unquestionably a novelty for United manager Louis van Gaal. Still, the Reds travel south for Sunday’s fixture against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane in good spirits, having notched up a seventh win in eight fixtures in dispatching […]

United v Liverpool: Van Gaal looks to the summit

Manchester United v Liverpool

There was, in truth, rare occasion over the past two decades that this fixture meant as much in competitive terms as it does to the state of local rivalry. While the passion has always burned bright for supporters, only twice during Sir Alex Ferguson’s Old Trafford tenure did Liverpool challenge for the Premier League title. Then, […]