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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Jul 25 2014

Premier League rivals could bid for United misfit

Tag: Transfer Rumours @ 1:44 pm

hi-res-454303911-nani-of-manchester-united-during-the-barlcays-premier_crop_northArsenal could be doing Manchester United a massive favour this summer by taking Nani off their hands, with reports in the Portuguese press suggesting the Gunners could soon table an offer for the United misfit.

Despite signing a five-year deal 12 months ago, Nani has been linked with an exit from Old Trafford since the January transfer window and, somewhat mysteriously given his appalling performances, the Portuguese looks to have attracted interest from a host of European clubs, including Juventus, Inter Milan, AC Milan and Galatasaray.

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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 25 2014

United and Barcelona to go head-to-head for target

Tag: Transfer Rumours @ 11:02 am

thomas-vermaelenManchester United face stiff competition from Barcelona in the race to sign Arsenal centre-back Thomas Vermaelen, according to reports in Spain that claim the Catalans’ interest in Vermaelen has increased in recent weeks.

The Belgian centre-back has been linked with a move to United for over a month now, with suggestions that Louis Van Gaal sees the Arsenal man as the perfect candidate to replace the departed Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic, while Vermaelen’s versatility and his ability to play as left-back mean he could even provide cover for Luke Shaw.

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Jul 25 2014

Have United found the new Fergie?

Tag: Manchester United News @ 8:16 am

Ryan GiggsRyan Giggs has compared new Manchester United manager, Louis Van Gaal, to Sir Alex Ferguson, claiming both men have a special aura about them and both understand what it takes to make a team successful.

Van Gaal has only been in charge for nine days but that didn’t prevent him from getting his United career off to a flying start as the Reds trounced Los Angeles Galaxy 7-0 in their first pre-season friendly on Thursday, and Giggs believes what he’s seen of the Dutchman so far has a lot in common with what he experienced during the 23 years he played under Fergie.

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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 24 2014

Five things we’ve learnt from United vs LA Galaxy

Tag: Match Reports @ 8:47 am

c1e0b9b6-07ab-4fa1-bf31-0609119a5fb2-460x276The Louis Van Gaal era is up and running after United dismantled Los Angeles Galaxy 7-0 in their first pre-season friendly of the season earlier this morning to kick off their US tour in perfect fashion. Resounding though the result might be, United will have to face much sterner tests on this tour but Van Gaal’s debut was as slick as he could have hoped for.

Danny Welbeck opened the scoring, before Wayne Rooney netted twice in the first half, while second half substitutes Reece James and Ashley Young grabbed two each as United trounced the MLS outfit.

Here’s five things we have learnt.

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