Jul 29 2014

United’s squad “broken and unbalanced”

Louis van Gaal believes there is quality in his Manchester United squad, despite his concernsLouis Van Gaal has said he’s inherited a squad that is “broken” and “unbalanced” and dismissed suggestions that it’ll be easier for him to succeed, given David Moyes’ disastrous tenure at the club.

The Dutchman was asked whether he thought replacing Sir Alex Ferguson would have been harder than replacing Moyes, Van Gaal insisted that following a manager as successful as Fergie wouldn’t have been a problem for him.

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Jul 28 2014

Van Gaal impresses United’s record signing

Juan MataJuan Mata admitted Manchester United players were given a first glimpse of what to expect from Louis Van Gaal when he’s disappointed, after the Dutchman made clear he was far from impressed by his team’s 3-2 win over AS Roma in Denver on Saturday.

United won their inaugural match in the International Champions Cup but looked far from their best and almost scuppered a three-goal lead as Roma scored twice in the last 20 minutes, leading Van Gaal to criticise some of his players’ performances, including Mata’s. However, far from seeking excuses for his performance, the Spaniard insisted Van Gaal’s demand for perfection and almost obsessive attention to detail is exactly what United need.

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Jul 25 2014

Jones excited by new tactics

Phil JonesPhil Jones has revealed Manchester United have already embraced Louis Van Gaal’s tactical revolution and despite having been in charge for less than two weeks, the Dutchman has already won many admirers within the United squad, particularly thanks to his footballing philosophy.

Jones impressed in United’s 7-0 mauling of Los Angeles Galaxy on Thursday and the 22-year-old has insisted he’s happy to adapt to Van Gaal’s new 3-5-2 system, if that means finally being handed an extended run is his preferred position, after spending his first three season at the club covering a variety of roles.

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Jul 24 2014

LVG tactical revolution begins

Louis-Van-GaalLouis Van Gaal has vowed to stick with the 3-5-2 formation that marked United’s 7-0 win against LA Galaxy earlier this morning, as the Dutchman made his debut as Manchester United manager in the first pre-season friendly.

Wayne Rooney, Reece James and Ashley Young both grabbed two goals apiece, while Danny Welbeck was also on the scoresheet but the biggest point of focus of Van Gaal’s first game in charge was the 3-5-2 formation he opted to field, with Jonny Evans, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling at centre-backs and Luke Shaw and Antonio Valencia at wing-backs.

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Jul 23 2014

No offer yet for Dutch star

Tag: Transfer Rumours @ 2:00 pm

Netherlands v Mexico: Round of 16 - 2014 FIFA World Cup BrazilGalatasaray’s president Unal Aysal has confirmed the Turkish giants are yet to receive an offer for Manchester United’s target Wesley Sneijder and has insisted that the Dutch playmaker will be allowed to Istanbul if his release clause is met.

The Dutchman has been more or less constantly on United’s radar since 2009,when, having been made surplus to requirements at Real Madrid, he looked to be the perfect answer for the lack of creativity that afflicted United’s midfield, only for him to opt to join Inter Milan instead.

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Jul 22 2014

Van Gaal’s first big change

Carrington-Training-GroundLouis Van Gaal has ordered his first major change as Manchester United manager. Unfortunately for those of us expecting it to be a one way ticket out of Manchester for Nani and Anderson, Van Gaal’s demand is for the training pitches at Carrington to be ripped up and replaced with the same surface in place at Old Trafford.

The Dutchman is in the States where United will take on LA Galaxy in their first pre-season friendly of their North American tour but that hasn’t stopped him from demanding changes to be made on the training pitches.

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Jul 21 2014

United confirm Evra’s exit

rp_Patrice-Evra-celebrates-001-200x200.jpgPatrice Evra has left Manchester United after nine seasons to join Serie A champions Juventus, the club have confirmed via a statement on their website.

Despite the fact that Evra had put pen to paper on a 12-month extension in May, his decision to leave Old Trafford after almost a decade was largely expected, particularly as his spot in the starting XI was put under serious scrutiny by Luke Shaw’s arrival. A hugely popular figure among fans and teammates, the Frenchman was one of the best left-backs United have had over the last three decades.

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Jul 21 2014

New signings imminent at United

Ed WoodwardEd Woodward has told Manchester United fans the club will be extremely busy over the next couple of weeks and that fans should expect various arrivals and departures before the Premier League gets underway on August 15th against Swansea.

Having already spent more than £50m on Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw, United have lost Ryan Giggs, who retired at the end of last season, while Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand, Federico Macheda and Alex Buttner have all left the club and the quartet is set to be follow suit by another couple of players, including Patrice Evra.

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