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8 Things We Learned about van Gaal’s System


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With the Dutch manager set to take over Manchester United after the World Cup,  United fans will be curious as to what to expect from his philosophy.Watching the Holland v Ghana match over the weekend, we can see what Louis van Gaal has in store for the Dutch. But what does this mean for United? We’ll take a look at some general principles illustrated in this match which he may also bring to Manchester United after the World Cup.

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Troubled legacy of David Moyes lives on in form of disruptive Rooney


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David Moyes has been put out of his misery at Old Trafford, yet the legacy of his doomed ten months in charge look set to linger on at Manchester United for many years to come.

The club are reported to already be far down the road in securing Moyes’ identified transfer targets, a list of players so unimaginative, obvious and overpriced that it makes Sir Alex Ferguson pursuit of Juan Sebastian Verón look like the identification of a 16 year old starlet from deep rural Africa. Elsewhere, Moyes has reportedly implemented substantial changes to the club’s academy, shifting the focus of its work from technical skill towards the development of athleticism. Read the full story

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The ones who got away


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“The only way after United is down,” is the oft-heard warning when a big-name player at Old Trafford is tempted by a move away from the club.

Yet history has proved that it’s not always downhill for those sent packing from Old Trafford.

To prove it, here’s an XI of the most prominent former reds who have left the club, but still managed to go from strength to strength elsewhere. Clearly, it’s a side which could certainly hold its own against the very best. Read the full story

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