Dec 22 2015

[POLL]: LVG, Giggs, Mourinho or Pep? Who do you want?

Tag: Manchester United @ 10:42 am

With Louis Van Gaal increasingly under pressure and Jose Mourinho available, what should Manchester United do?

Dec 22 2015

Ferguson could decide LVG future

Tag: Manchester United News @ 8:41 am

Manchester-United-v-Norwich-City-Premier-LeagueSir Alex Ferguson will help Manchester United’s board in deciding Louis Van Gaal’s future and to choose the Dutchman’s potential successor.

With the United manager increasingly under pressure, the board is said to be considering his future, particularly given Jose Mourinho is available after being fired by Chelsea, while Pep Guardiola confirmed he will leave Bayern Munich at the end of the season.

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Dec 20 2015

Van Gaal: “We can bounce back”

Tag: Manchester United News @ 8:50 am

Manchester-United-v-Norwich-City-Premier-League (1)Louis Van Gaal has urged Manchester United to remain professional as they aim to bounce back from shocking back-to-back defeats against newly-promoted Bournemouth and Norwich.

Saturday’s 2-1 loss against Norwich, the first time the Canaries won at Old Trafford since the 1980s, piled further pressure on Van Gaal and his team, with both falling way short of expectations at the moment.

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Dec 20 2015

Van Gaal worried by lack of confidence

Tag: Manchester United @ 8:10 am

Manchester-United-v-NorwichLouis Van Gaal has blamed a lack of confidence for his side’s dismal results over the last couple of weeks.

Having lost 2-1 to Bournemouth last week, United were condemned to defeat by the same scoreline against another newly promoted side, Norwich City, on Saturday.

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Dec 20 2015

LVG fears for his job

Tag: Manchester United News @ 7:30 am

Manchester-United-v-Norwich-City-Premier-LeagueLouis Van Gaal has admitted he now fears for his job after United stumbled to a second defeat in a row, as they lost 2-1 to Norwich City at home.

The defeat, United’s second in a row against a newly promoted side after last week’s 2-1 loss away at Bournemouth, left Van Gaal’s side in fifth position, nine points behind league leaders Leicester City.

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Dec 16 2015

Hernandez lifts lid on United exit

Tag: Manchester United News @ 7:00 am

Javier-Hernandez-celebrates-after-scoringJavier Hernandez has revealed the reason why he left Manchester United in the summer, accusing Louis Van Gaal of never giving him a chance to prove himself.

The Mexican left United for Bayer Leverkusen in the summer after being told in no uncertain terms that he did not fit the manager’s plans. However, Hernandez has hit the ground running in Germany, netting 15 goals in the last 12 games in all competitions, while United have managed just 10 over the same period.

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Dec 13 2015

Five things we’ve learnt from Bournemouth vs United

Tag: Match Reports,Opinion Piece @ 6:27 am

Bournemouth-v-Manchester-United (2)Manchester United’s already disastrous week took a turn for the worst, as they were deservedly beaten by Bournemouth and could end the weekend outside the top four.

Having gone down within two minutes, United drew level through Marouane Fellaini before conceding earlier in the second half after some more calamitous defending. With the hosts 2-1 in front, Louis Van Gaal’s side never looked like getting back in the game and slumped to their second defeat in four days.

Here’s five talking points from yesterday.

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Dec 11 2015

A week of stormy seas ending in a trip to Bournemouth

Tag: Match Preview @ 10:30 pm

Manchester-United-v-PSV-Eindhoven (1)This opening paragraph is largely irrelevant. Everyone reading this will have already made up his or her minds about the man at the helm of Manchester United. Like one of Donald Trump’s thoughts you’re either filled with hatred or largely uncertain of anything.

The fact remains that regardless of what anyone thinks Louis Van Gaal will remain Manchester United manager. Here are some other facts. United are three points off the top of the Premier League. This is a young team full of potential and Katie Hopkins can spit acid up to 150 feet.

Some facts may need clarification but before this has been released United are still definitely three points away from first place.

Defeat in Wolfsburg was disappointing and a reminder that United have a lot of work to do before they can call themselves that tired propaganda rhetoric of “the biggest club in the world”. Football works in the short term and that label can only belong to a team performing in the present.

With a team in tatters through injuries and still thread bare during a rebuilding stage Saturday’s trip to Bournemouth could not have come at a better time. That is not sarcasm, it is an opportunity for a young group of players to step up and hold the United mantle aloft.

Not too dissimilar to a group of footballers in 1992.

Manchester United team news

 In the interest of keeping to the prescribed word count this will have to be brief. Otherwise we won’t get through the entire list.

Chris Smalling and Matteo Darmian join the United injured starting XI, brining the total to nine injured players and one suspension.

Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones, Ander Herrera, Antonio Valencia, Wayne Rooney and Luke Shaw remain out. Bastian Schweinsteiger misses out through suspension after an incident that no one saw because they’d probably fallen asleep by that stage in the game.

Bournemouth team news

 Artur Boruc is expected to continue in goal for Bournemouth despite an ongoing knee problem, while Adam Federici and Marc Pugh have recovered from injury.

Lee Tomlin and on-loan Christian Atsu have returned to training but need to build up their fitness levels.

Key men

 Although they were beaten and beaten well in Wolfsburg, the young United players on the pitch that night can take pride in their performance. They played without fear, taking risks and attacking with intent. Something that has been missing for many months at Old Trafford.

With a large number of injuries it is important that this young side take their chances and begin to flourish. After an emphatic start to his United career Antony Martial had somewhat dropped off the radar. But an excellent finish against Wolfsburg midweek reminded everyone what a talent the young Frenchman is.

Yet to convince on the same scale is the young Dutch forward Memphis Depay. Although the Dutchman may need to improve his attitude off the pitch, on the pitch things look to be improving. With a run in the side and a consistent front three to work with, United could see the beginnings of a future generation.

Predicted starting XI


William Dawson

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