Sep 25 2015

Should Van Gaal revert back to 4-3-3?

hi-res-3b1d5b59f90200670c80001641ba9b65_crop_northFor only the second time since Louis Van Gaal took charge of Manchester United, his side have scored 3 or more goals in two consecutive league games.

Cries of “Attack Attack Attack” are heard around Old Trafford more frequently than ever and fans of other teams often take great pleasure in pointing out that the number of goals scored during Van Gaal’s first season as manager was less than when David Moyes was in charge.

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Sep 24 2015

LVG: “Martial won’t get carried away”

Man-Utd-vs-Ipswich-Capital-One-Cup (1)Louis Van Gaal believes Anthony Martial will not get carried away despite making an explosive start to his Manchester United career.

The Frenchman, a £36m signing from Monaco, came off the bench to score United’s third goal in their 3-0 win against Ipswich in the third round of the Capital One Cup on Wednesday night, making it four goals in three appearances for his new club.

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Sep 24 2015

Pereira: “Mata trusted me to score”

Man-Utd-vs-Ipswich-Capital-One-CupAndres Pereira has thanked Juan Mata for allowing to take the free-kick which gave him his first professional goal for Manchester United.

The Brazilian made his first competitive start for the club against Ipswich Town on Wednesday night and capped an impressive performance with a superbly-taken free-kick, which put United 2-0 up on the night.

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Sep 22 2015

“I only managed four world class players at United,” says Fergie

Tag: Manchester United News @ 12:33 pm

Manchester-United-Training-SessionSir Alex Ferguson said he only managed four world class players during his 26-year tenure at Manchester United, a statement which will undoubtedly upset some of his former players.

In his latest book, Leading, which is released on Tuesday, Fergie identifies the four players he considered to be best among those who wear a red shirt during his time at Old Trafford.

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Sep 22 2015

Fergie: “I didn’t want players to be paid more than me”

Tag: Manchester United News @ 8:40 am

28Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed he was shocked to find out Wayne Rooney was getting paid twice as much as him and told the Glazer family players should not be paid more than the manager.

In October 2010, fter accusing the club of not being ambitious enough and threatening to leave Old Trafford, Rooney was handed a new five-year deal worth £200,000-a-week.

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Sep 22 2015

Fergie: “Moyes’ appointment was perfect”

Tag: Manchester United News @ 8:18 am

FILE-David-Moyes-To-Leave-Everton-FC-At-End-Of-SeasonSir Alex Ferguson said the process that brought David Moyes to Manchester United was “perfect”, although it admitted the former Everton manager missed out on becoming his number two in 1999.

Speaking in London at unveiling of his new book, Leading, Fergie insisted that United chose the right man by appointing Moyes as his successor in the summer of 2012, even though the Scotsman lasted only nine months in the job after a disastrous spell.

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Sep 22 2015

Tactics Board- Martial glory as Rooney flounders

Tactics BoardSouthampton FC [2] vs [3] Manchester United
St Mary’s Stadium – 20 September 2015

A Manchester United victory over Liverpool last week was followed by a lost away to PSV midweek in the Champions League. More damaging was Luke Shaw’s broken leg, meaning that Louis Van Gaal needed to change his back line. Led by another Dutch coach, Southampton has struggled to rediscover the form that led to a 7th place finish in the league. With no love lost between the coaches, the Saints were set up to take advantage of United’s weaknesses. Continue reading

Sep 19 2015

Schneiderlin hoping to sink Saints

Tag: Match Preview @ 10:41 pm

hi-res-3b1d5b59f90200670c80001641ba9b65_crop_northThe love affair with the United of recent is fairly similar to being mislead by a Thai lady boy.

The rush, the desire and the passion quickly decimated by the reveal of a twelve-inch python between his legs. After that initial high you’re left lost, disappointed and even a bit confused.

That is what best describes United fans at the moment. Confused.

Going from an unforgettable second half display against Liverpool that resulted in the fairy-tale no one could have predicted. Even Martin Tyler replicated surprise that he hasn’t shown since his first prostate exam.

But less than a week later you’re recovering from a shock defeat to a side that would struggle to survive relegation in the Premier League.

Take nothing away from PSV, they had a game plan and they stuck to it. The Dutch side proved that if you do the basics, execute them well and stick to the plan you’ll get the result.

Obviously the injury to Luke Shaw did nothing to help the performance, mainly because of the mental affect it had on the players but the result was a shock regardless.

Southampton at St Mary’s would be very far down the list of ideal games for a team to bounce back in, but victory would definitely be the best medicine.

This is a side that have the makings to challenge for the title, but they need the confidence to prove it.

Manchester United team news

The biggest emission on Sunday will be Luke Shaw who misses the trip to the South coast because of a broken leg.

This is a huge loss for United as the young left back has arguably been United’s best player this season.

This could lead to a major re-shuffle at the back, with Blind moving to left back and one of Jones or Rojo coming in at centre back.

Smalling and Blind have been as reliable as a Hungarian fence, asking Jones to step in would be like asking Bill Cosby to be the guest speaker at parents evening.

The bag of sand being used for roadworks on the M6 is back fit, as Wayne Rooney is likely to start tomorrow.

Southampton team news

Southampton forward Sadio Mane could be restored to the starting line-up after being on the bench last weekend.

Ryan Bertrand, Jordy Clasie, Fraser Forster and Florin Gardos remain out, and Gaston Ramirez is a doubt.

Key men

After an explosive debut and a promising performance midweek many will hope that Anthony Martial leads the line against Southampton on Sunday.

The young Frenchman could see himself partner up with Wayne Rooney for the first time.

Many will be hoping Martial can inject the pace into the forward line that United need, bringing playmakers like Rooney and Mata into the game.

It is yet to be determined what United’s best front line is and how well they will work.

Sunday could be an excellent opportunity to answer both of those questions.

Predicted XI


William Dawson

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