Should Van Gaal Build His Team Around Mata?

Should Van Gaal Build His Team Around Mata?

In one of his stranger pressers, Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal notoriously mentioned about the lack of a 'creative player' in the mould of a Hazard, a Sergio Aguero or a Neymar, players who could turn the game on its head single-handed, after spending about £230m since he took charge last summer. He also went on to mention Young and Neymar in the same sentence illustrating the gulf in class between Manchester United and the rest of Europe's elite teams, …
Juan Mata: Why he Shouldn't be United's 'Fall Guy'

Juan Mata: Why he Shouldn't be United's 'Fall Guy'

Manchester United finally got their league campaign up and running on Sunday with a four-nil demolition of (the distinctly average) Queens Park Rangers. The reports in the aftermath of this destruction alluded mainly to the expensive new weapons that United now possess in their upgraded armoury. Ed Woodward finally dusted off the Old Trafford cheque-book at the back end of August, as the Red Devils for once flexed their financial muscle. As a result, United now possess a wealth of …
Manchester United in 2013/14 - A Season Review

Manchester United in 2013/14 - A Season Review

Manchester United endured their worst season in the last 25 years, as they finished outside top four for the first time in over two decades in their first season post the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson. The season also saw David Moyes get the sack just 10 months into his 6-year contract and rightly so. There is a long list of things we could look back and point our finger at, as to what went wrong at this football club …
Everton vs Manchester United Preview | Key Men, Stats & Team News

Everton vs Manchester United Preview | Key Men, Stats & Team News

Not many predicted that Everton would have more to play for than Manchester United at this stage of the season, or that Everton would finish higher than the current champions, but that has proved the case this campaign. David Moyes must be left dumbfounded at how he has struggled at Old Trafford, yet Roberto Martinez has enhanced his old Everton side. Obviously the two have only had one season at their new clubs and it would be extraordinary for the …
Juan Mata vs Aston Villa | Player Performance Analysis

Juan Mata vs Aston Villa | Player Performance Analysis

After a convincing derby defeat in mid-week the pressure at Old Trafford was reaching boiling and spurred the infamous airplane banner protest during the first few minutes of the game. It meant Manchester United needed someone to step up and Juan Mata put in his best performance since his move in January. Moving to Manchester United to play in his favoured (and best) position behind the striker, Mata encountered the same problem with Rooney and Van Persie’s places in the …
Manchester United v Manchester City Preview | Team News, Key Men Stats

Manchester United v Manchester City Preview | Team News, Key Men Stats

On March 25th, Manchester City travel to Old Trafford to take on local rivals Manchester United.  The latest installment of the Manchester derby will be a bit of a strange one.  It is strange because, for the first time in the Premier League era, the two will meet with Manchester United well and truly out of the title race and Manchester City in the thick of it.  Manchester City will try to continue their winning ways and continue to claw …
Mourinho’s Matter with Mata: The Rapidly Discounted Importance of Juan

Mourinho’s Matter with Mata: The Rapidly Discounted Importance of Juan

“I’m sorry I couldn't make Juan a stronger player.”
Not the selection of words one would enjoy any manager choosing to use to describe you. It’s understandable, then, that Juan Mata got the hint that his future was no longer with Chelsea. So, on January 26th, Juan Mata made successful his escape from Chelsea and approved a £37.1m transfer deal to Manchester United. No longer would he be asked to patrol the outer reaches of the Chelsea right …
Sunderland Vs Chelsea Preview | Stats, Key Men & Team News

Sunderland Vs Chelsea Preview | Stats, Key Men & Team News

The month ahead is the busiest of the season and it will prove to be crucial for both of these sides. Sunderland need to pick up as many points as possible to move out of the relegation zone, whereas Chelsea will be hoping to make inroads into Arsenal's lead. Neither can afford a bad month. Gus Poyet will be facing Chelsea as a manager for the first time in a competitive fixture, and as a former Blues player, he will …
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