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

Video: Mr Mujac on the impact of LvG

Unied v City AcademyI 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.

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Jul 28 2014

Louis Van Gaal and his formula for success

Range RooneyAfter a disappointing season under David Moyes leaves United missing out on Champion’s League football this coming season and a truly awful viewing experience for even the most hardcore Red Devil fan, the board did what they should have done a year earlier and conducted an extensive search for a suitable manager to ensure they didn’t repeat the errors made replacing the retiring Sir Alex Ferguson.

After appointing Louis Van Gaal as the new manager, he went on to lead the Dutch national team to an unexpected third place finish in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

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Jul 28 2014

United make £30m bid for Barcelona’s target

Tag: Transfer Rumours @ 12:25 pm

Juan CuadradoThere isn’t just Arturo Vidal on Manchester United’s radar this summer, and Louis Van Gaal might have already moved to secure another World Cup star, if reports in Spain are to be believed.

Spanish newspaper El Mundo Deportivo today suggests that United have tabled a €38m – £30m – offer for Colombia international Juan Cuadrado, who’s attracted interest from a host of different clubs this summer, including United and Barcelona. It is an interesting development, given that on Tuesday another Spanish newspaper, Sport, claimed that both clubs were ready to go head-to-head in the race for the Fiorentina player, after La Viola‘s manager, Vincenzo Montella, admitted that Cuadrado’s future remained uncertain.

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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 28 2014

United in £48m bid for number one target

Tag: Transfer Rumours @ 8:19 am

Arturo-Vidal-Juventus-Champions-League_2890955Manchester United are ready to table a €60m – €48m – bid for Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal and they’ve also already contacted the Chilean’s agent over the financial package they are ready to offer to the midfielder, according to reports in Italy.

La Gazzetta dello Sport claims that Vidal’s agent, Fernando Felicevich, is due to arrive in Turin tonight to meet Juventus’ manager Massimiliano Allegri and the Serie A champions’ general manager, Giuseppe Marotta, and during their meeting Juventus will be made aware that United are ready to offer Vidal €8m – £6.3m – a season plus bonuses for the next four seasons.

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Jul 26 2014

Mourinho attempts to unsettle United youngsters

Tag: Manchester United,Opinion Piece @ 1:00 am

Luke Shaw with England 2914Jose 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.

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Jul 25 2014

“Get me Hummels, Strootman and Vidal”

Louis van Gaal and assistant manager Ryan Giggs of Manchester United watch their team train in LASo, the new era as begun. Louis Van Gaal’s Manchester United crushed the L.A.Galaxy 7-0 in a testimony to Oranje style and an affirmation that Woodward and the Glazer’s may have finally got the right man, twelve months too late….

That 12 months resulted in an enforced hiatus for United, an enforced break for myself due to work and health reasons. But, we’re both back!!!

I thought I’d re-introduce myself with a chat to America based podcaster, @NipunChopra7, about all things United. Here’s how it went…..

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