They say a week is a long time in football. It is when it comes to Louis van Gaal’s unique brand of football. One step forward, how many back? Manchester United’s victory over West Ham in the FA Cup brought rare cheer on the road, only for the Reds’ old limitations to be exposed once again as the Premier League’s worst team, Aston Villa, visited Old Trafford. Same on Louis van Gaaal, same old performance then.
The fun, such as it was, couldn’t last. Manchester United’s run of four wins in five Premier League games was always a mirage, containing as it did a series of narrow victories and largely unimpressive performances. It came home to roost as Louis van Gaal’s side was thrashed at Tottenham Hotspur. The Dutchman claimed, ridiculously, that his side was “an equal” of Spurs – an equal in all but good football and scoring goals.
Is this a run of form we see before us? Four wins in the past five Premier League games keeps Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United in touch with Champions League qualification – and the Dutchman, potentially, in a job. After victory over Everton at Old Trafford, can United now make the top four?
Victory! Over Manchester City! At the Etihad! Who’d have thunk it? Expectations coming into the 171st derby were low, perhaps as low as they have been at any time in the past 40 years, but in winning 1-0 at City’s home United surpassed those expectations and some. Read More
Just where does Manchester United’s defeat at Liverpool in the Europa League ranks in terms of ‘really bad days at the office’? Right up there, say Ed & Paul. True, there have been worse performances under Louis van Gaal, including this season, but have there been any more damning of the manager, more embarrassing to the team, or more acutely speaking to the need to change course? Very, very few.
Miserable and predictable, Manchester United’s away form meant it was little surprise that a jammy win over Watford was followed by a disheartening defeat at the Hawthorns. Ed & Paul discuss both games, though they failed to mention that the Hawthorns is the stadium highest above sea level in the country.
Horny you say? Check out Manchester United’s new-found sexy football for guaranteed satisfaction. Three victories, 11 goals scored, progress in two cup competitions, and three vital Premier League points earned: it has been a very good week for Louis van Gaal.
Another week, another disappointing result after United lost to a low quality Sunderland outfit at the Stadium of Light. Low quality you say? A phrase that aptly describes the team that Louis van Gaal has built. Read More
They say he is a legend. No, not Wayne Rooney’s acting, nor the booze the Manchester United striker was shilling, but manager-in-waiting-if-we-believe-the-tabloids José Mourinho. The former Chelsea manager’s representatives have reportedly held talks with United in recent weeks. Read More
Victory! Over Liverpool! At Anfield! Look past the mind-numingly dull football, searingly negative approach, and predictably conservative tactics for a moment and remember that United emerged victorious, over Liverpool, at Anfield! Read More