Louis van Gaal can breathe a sigh of relief as his new signings propelled his squad towards a much needed first win of his Manchester United managerial career.
With players returning from injury, Marcos Rojo finally acquiring a work permit, Rademel Falcao and Daley Blind available for selection, questions arose regarding whether Van Gaal would stick with the 5-3-2 formation or adopt a new tactic to cater to the new signings. For the moment, Van Gaal reverted back to a four-man defence with Rafael and Rojo in the fullback position, while Evans and Blackett played centrally. In the middle, Van Gaal went with a diamond shape; Daley Blind was the sole pivot, Angel di Maria and Ander Herrera manned the flanks, with the latter returning from injuries, and Mata – whose inclusion came under question with the Falcao signing – was head of the diamond. Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie remained the two main strikers in a 4-4-2, meaning Falcao would make an appearance off the bench.
All summer, Manchester United’s transfer activity has been long, drawn out and a hive of speculation but, overnight, from nowhere, initial rumours of their interest in Monaco’s Radamel Falcao has rapidly evolved into reports he’s all-but a done deal.
United’s Mexican striker, Chicharito, has agreed to join Real Madrid on a season-long loan.
With his 1st team chances limited under Van Gaal a move to a club in the Champions League is a fantastic opportunity for ‘the little pea’, hopefully he’ll celebrate his trip to Anfield later this year with a hat-trick!
Who’ll be next to leave?
With little more than 24hrs of the summer transfer window remaining, Shinji Kagawa has agreed to rejoin Borussia Dortmund after what can only be considered as a disappointing two year spell at Manchester United.
German newspaper, Bild, are reporting that Kagawa has agreed terms earlier today with United receiving a fee of just £6.3m.
Another day another barrage of clickbait articles posted from around the World regurgitating all the rumours surrounding the endless list of names reported to be targets for Manchester United’s summer spending spree.
The last 24hrs have been especially so with the rumour mill doing overtime on the Arturo Vidal case, but has respected Italian agent, Andrea D’Amico, thrown us the biggest clue yet that perhaps, just perhaps, Vidal really is on his way out of Juventus and into the welcoming arms of Manchester United or can Vidal’s name be added to the illustrious list of those that never happened?
As per usual we’re running a Fantasy Football League all of our own only this season there’s a twist.
Instead of using the old platform we’ve converted to Fantasy Football Powered by Fantasy Football Commissioner.
We’ve made our own budget, our own rules and our own scoring system.
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I think you might find this interesting if, like me, you’re interested in the history and the future of Manchester United’s Academy system.
Tony Park, AKA @MrMujac, is a lifelong United supporter with a knowledge far richer than most, especially about United’s youth system. Regularly found following the youth teams home and away, Tony’s views are certainly to be respected.
In this short video, Tony talks about the impact Louis van Gaal may have on United in general, why particular youth players went on tour and what van Gaal’s introduction means to players hoping to make the step from youth football to the Premier League.
Jose Mourinho believes the signing of Luke Shaw would have killed his current club, Chelsea, had they have pursued his signature.
Mourinho was interested in the ex-Southampton left-back but the 19-year-old chose to move to Manchester United ahead of Chelsea this summer in a £28m deal.
In an attempt to silence youngsters within his own squad, Mourinho insists that, had he agreed to Shaw’s wage demands, the dressing room at Stamford Bridge would have been in uproar.