Louis van Gaal clings to United job following Norwich defeat

Posted on December 21, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Managers, Match Reports, Norwich City, Premier League   1 Comment »
Alex Tettey boots home Norwich’s second goal as Manchester United lose for the first time at home

The pressure is piling on Louis van Gaal and his Manchester United side following a humiliating home defeat to Norwich, who were third from bottom at the start of play. The newly promoted side fully deserved their hard grafted win, with two simple goals on the counter attack. United looked limp, slow and uncreative in a game that was very reminiscent of previous fixtures.

Alex Tettey, who scored Norwich’s second goal, was immense in the middle of the park. The visitors were first to every ball, harried United’s players and were well worth their first win at Old Trafford since 1989/90. Van Gaal, who had been defiant in recent weeks following similarity poor performances and results, appeared to be in a more sombre mood – perhaps a man who realises that his job is on the line – following the 2-1 defeat. Ryan Giggs, Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho are all candidates that have been linked with the United hot seat and the next two games against Stoke City and Chelsea will be crucial in the fate of the Dutchman.

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Norwich City travel to United as Jose Mourinho rumours grow

Posted on December 19, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Man United News, Managers, Norwich City, Premier League   No Comments »
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Shinji Kagawa scores a hattrick for Manchester United against Norwich City back in 20013/14

Manchester United are looking for their first win since the 2-1 victory over Watford a month ago. In that time, United have been dumped out of the Champions League and have lost ground on leaders Leicester City in the league. This week has also seen the biggest managerial casualty of the season so far. Jose Mourinho was shown the Stamford Bridge exit as the Portuguese departs Chelsea for what is surely the final time. Some bookies have put Mourinho as favouite to be the next Manchester United manager. The independent have also suggested that Mourinho’s representatives have reached out to Manchester United as it is “the job he covets the most”.

Louis van Gaal will be looking over his shoulder as pressure grows on the United boss to start delivering a brand of football that is usually associated with the twenty times English champions. The news that Pep Guardiola is set to leave his post at Bayern Munich will of course have alerted Manchester City, Chelsea and to a lesser extent Arsenal – who will only ever act on Arsene Wenger’s terms. United will be in the mix for the in demand Spaniard, but Ryan Giggs is surely the more likely candidate to succeed the Dutchman when his contract expires in 2017.

United’s last home goal came in the 2-0 victory over WBA at the start of November , so United need to put in a performance against Norwich City, who last won at Old Trafford back in 1989/90 with a 2-0 victory at the beginning of the season. The visitors have conceded 18 goals away from Carrow Road this campaign, but are up against a United side that are goal shy at home – netting nine goals so far; sixteen goals fewer than Manchester City in third.

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Manchester United draw 0-0 again – will the philosophy ever work?

Posted on December 06, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Managers, Premier League, West Ham   1 Comment »
Anthony Martial fails to find the back of the net against West Ham United

Another afternoon. Another 0-0. Another excuse from the manager. Louis van Gaal saw his Manchester United side fail to score for the sixth time this season, as West Ham United earned a well deserved point at Old Trafford. The visitors had the better of the chances, with David De Gea thwarting Victor Moses – who was through one on one following a poor Daley Blind pass. The Spaniard was also lucky to see Chris Smalling’s attempted clearance smash the post, just before Winston Reid hit the same upright later in the half.

Argentine Mauro Zárate was guilty of missing the best and easiest chance of the match as his outside of the boot strike went well wide having been played in by Andy Carroll. Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial went close in the second half, but it was the same old story as United picked up another goalless draw. Statistics show that United are much tighter at the back and concede fewer goals than last season, however – the visitors were unlucky not to find the back of the net.

United’s manager believes that his side have not got luck on their side at present, which was evident in the amount of chances van Gaal believes his side have squandered. With United apparently cooling any interest on Pep Guardiola, it appears that the Dutchman will be able to finish off his philosophy as we approach the halfway mark of his tenure.

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Van Gaal’s difficult second album

Posted on October 29, 2015  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Guest Writer, Man United, Managers   No Comments »

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In music they talk of the ‘difficult second album’, matching or bettering a previous work. It is of course subjective. To one person a riff could be art, to another, nothing more than offensive noise. Football is more clear-cut in that there is always a definitive result but the process of winning a game remains open for interrogation.

This is where Louis van Gaal finds himself now. He’s roughly 15 months into his spell at United and after achieving the absolute minimum in his first season, there is already an air of impatience amongst the fanbase. Just how do we assess the progress the club is making?

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Cause for optimism: Van Gaal’s a twister, not a sticker

Posted on November 10, 2014  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Managers, Players, Premier League   4 Comments »

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Nearly a third of the way through the league season and van Gaal’s United side are still yet to click. The players are currently playing their third system of the season and appear no closer to exemplifying the mythical ‘philosophy’ that the Dutch manager has referred to so often. But, this is not necessarily a bad thing.

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Manchester United next captain: Who is your money on?

Posted on August 02, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Managers, Players, Premier League   6 Comments »
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Robin van Persie is being touted as the next Manchester United captain

Guest Author: Mitchell Jones

You may not have been aware of this, given how little coverage football has received this summer, but Manchester United have replaced the managerial turd that was David Moyes with a pair of giant Dutch testicles by the name of Louis van Gaal. Given the hype of the media and the supporters, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the champions are back in town. The champions who, well, aren’t actually the champions any more.

Things have gotten so bad at Old Trafford that United don’t even have a team captain any more. Our last one, Nemanja Vidic, decided he couldn’t live up to Moyes’ expectations of everyone playing like Phil Jagielka and shipped himself off to Inter Milan. Patrice Evra saw the writing as well, begging his way into Juventus before he was pushed out in favour of youth. That left Rio Ferdinand, who was told to pack his bags and follow suit. He’s now at Queens Park Rangers, exchanging banterous tweets with his new teammates and hocking his branded merchandise to anything he can put a cap on: footballers, rappers, mannequins, pigeons, lampposts, etc.

So now van Gaal, a mere few weeks into his new post, has a monumental decision to make. With the captain and vice-captain positions open, who will he deem fit to lead the new United back into the promised land of top four glory?

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Louis van Gaal and changes at Manchester United

Posted on July 23, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Managers, Premier League   No Comments »
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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal with assistant manager Ryan Giggs

Despite not joining the club until after the World Cup Finals in Brazil, nearly all Manchester United fans were delighted at the news that Louis van Gaal would be the next manager of the club. We watched with joy when, what appeared to be, a happier Robin van Persie launching himself into the air to score one of the goals of the tournament. The diving header looped over Spanish captain Iker Casillas who was stranded by the quick thinking Dutchman. His high five celebration with van Gaal is something many Reds will be hoping to see time and time again this campaign.

Even though the former Holland coach has only been at the club for a week – he has been a breath of fresh air with his comments in the limited number of press conferences he has had thus far. A confident and self assured man that is never afraid to voice his opinion or to challenge the status quo. Already, the limp and predictable exchanges between his predecessor David Moyes and the press are a thing of the past. Manchester United have the real deal here – a manager who has won a number of titles in different countries and won the European Cup with a youthful attack minded Ajax side.

So what changes can we expect to see this season?

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Manchester United fans will enjoy Louis van Gaal says Dutch football expert

Posted on May 19, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Managers, Premier League   1 Comment »
Manchester United have appointed Dutchman Louis van Gaal as the new manager of the club.

It wasn’t the best kept secret, but today – Manchester United announced that Louis van Gaal will be the new manager of the club from the 2014/15 season having signed a three year deal. The Dutchman, currently preparing for the World Cup 2014 in Brazil with his homeland, will be ready to take over at the club in July and there have already been a number of big names linked – Luke Shaw, Mats Hummels and Kevin Strootman just a few.

Van Gaal is welcome appointment to many Manchester United fans following the disastrous David Moyes reign. He has won the Champions Leagues, domestic titles in different countries and plays open attacking football. Only Frank O’Farrell in the 70s managed United who wasn’t born in the UK- now United have got their Dutchman.

Ryan Giggs, who called time on his unbelievable career today, will take up the assistant managers post as the next era at Old Trafford begins. We caught up with Dutch football expert Peter McVitie, who writes over at http://benefoot.net/, who spoke about potential signings, the Ajax team of 94/95 and how is style of management differs from that of David Moyes. You can follow David on Twitter @PeterMcVitie.

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With Louis van Gaal imminent is this Ryan Giggs’ final appearance at Old Trafford?

Posted on May 05, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Hull City, Legends, Man United, Managers   1 Comment »
Will Louis van Gaal be the manager of Manchester United next season?

Ryan Giggs will walk out at Old Trafford tomorrow night in what could well be his final home appearance for Manchester United, either as one of the most decorated players to have ever graced a football pitch or even in his short managerial role. Giggs has played 962 times for United, that is 204 more appearances than Sir Bobby Charlton, who he overtook that evening in Moscow back in 2008. Looking back to that rainy night, it would be hard to imagine United in limbo less than a season without the guidance of Sir Alex Ferguson.

David Moyes had a torrid time in the hot seat, a seat that will forever be reminded of the task at hand with with the name of the greatest manager of all time plastered across the stand it faces. Moyes couldn’t even start to rebuild and was sacked following the 2-0 defeat away at Everton. United now know they have to get it right as another season without Champions League football will be catastrophic for the club. The two main contenders are club legend Ryan Giggs or the disiplinarian Dutchman Louis van Gaal, who won the Champions League with a young Ajax side in 1995. Who would you pick?

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Giggs Off To A Flyer as United thrash Norwich – Talking Points

Posted on April 27, 2014  by Bricki  in Bricki, Man United, Managers, Match Reports, Norwich City, Premier League   3 Comments »


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After a busy week at Old Trafford that saw David Moyes contentious reign ended and stalwart Ryan Giggs take over as interim manager, Norwich City were the visitors for a game that many hoped would bring a feel good factor back to the club.

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