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.
After 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.
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.
So, 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…..
Now that Louis Van Gaal has finally been officially appointed as new Manchester United manager, the Dutchman can get to work on his squad ahead of next season and with less than four weeks until United open their Premier League campaign against Swansea, the former Holland manager is determined to hit the ground running.
In his first press conference as United manager, Van Gaal indicated that he wants to assess his players and that he’s determined to add a couple of signings to his current squad but the Dutchman is also likely to carry out the long overdue clearout United fans have been crying out for over the last couple of years.
Here’s five players who should leave United this summer.
A year on from the abdication of Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United remain in a limbo. The much planned succession led not to an expected summer of triumph but to a ten-month long winter of turgid football, impotent crosses and Marouane Fellaini. Less than a year after a sacking at Old Trafford seemed unthinkable, the fans were as desperate for one as an addict seeking a hit. To rub salt into the gaping wound, Manchester City, the noisy neighbours, smugly conducted their own succession with the proficiency and serenity of seasoned footballing operators. Continue reading
The World Cup has been brilliant, with many fans sharing their belief that it has been the best tournament that they can remember. I agree, but with all the hype of the World Cup in full flow, I can’t help but feel more excited for the coming season than I have done about any previous tournament or Premier League campaign. The feeling of football returning to Old Trafford is something that will always remain unparalleled.
It’s two days until the Manchester United obsession can begin again, and whilst Louis has a few days off with his family, United are moving. The £750M kit deal with Adidas has been officially announced, and it is clear that we remain active in the transfer market; You only have to type #Vidal in to Twitter for reports to suggest that a deal for the Chilean maestro is imminent.
As Mario Gotze inscribed his name in the history books by scoring the goal that clinched Germany’s first World Cup in 24 years, one wonders how Shinji Kagawa must have felt. The Japanese would have undoubtedly been happy to see his former teammate shine on the biggest stage of them all and perhaps he also thought that he too still has a chance of redemption.
Integral figures to the Dortmund side that won back-to-back titles in 2011 and 2012, neither Gotze nor Kagawa excelled after leaving the Westfalenstadion and while the former has largely atoned his inconsistent form for Bayern Munich by carving himself a spot into Germans hearts, the latter must be hoping that one of the biggest characters of the 2014 World Cup will give him another chance to shine at Old Trafford.