Scholes, Butt and Neville May Stay

Scholes, Butt and Neville May Stay

Class of '92 trio Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Phil Neville may yet have a future at Manchester United under Louis van Gaal who assumes role as manager following the 2014 FIFA World Cup. So far the Dutchman is yet to contact any of the three, even though Ryan Giggs has been appointed as his number 2 at Old Trafford. Butt has stepped up from the academy position he held at the club, while Neville was brought in with David …
Van Persie Reveals Injury Problems

Van Persie Reveals Injury Problems

Manchester United and Netherlands centre-forward Robin van Persie has revealed that he has been struggling throuhg niggling and recurring injuries the past five or six years. The former Arsenal striker was constantly sidelined when playing for Wenger's side, but managed to stay fit to make him one of the deadliest finishers in the Premier League and earn a big money move to Old Trafford. “I can’t remember a game over the last five or six years where I haven’t felt …
Van Gaal Eyes Instant Success

Van Gaal Eyes Instant Success

Newly appointed Manchester United manager, Louis van Gaal has revealed he intends on winning the Premier League title in his first season in charge, and emulating the success he had at Barcelona and Bayern Munich. In an interview with Dutch radio, he said: "Spain saw me succeed in my first year and in Germany as well. In England, it must also be possible. "But there can only be one champion." Jose Mourinho was the first manager to achieve this feat …
Manchester United Appoint Louis van Gaal as Manager

Manchester United Appoint Louis van Gaal as Manager

Manchester United have officially revealed that Dutchman Louis Van Gaal will take charge at Old Trafford next season, following the FIFA World Cup. Van Gaal was rumoured to have held meetings with club legend Ryan Giggs, who will also be his assistant manager. The club statement said: "Louis, 62, has managed at the top level of European football for over 20 years and in that time has won domestic titles and domestic cups in three countries, as well as the …
Van Gaal Announcement Next Week

Van Gaal Announcement Next Week

Manchester United are expected to announce Louis Van Gaal as their new manager at some point next week following the concluding game of the season away to Southampton on Wednesday. The former Barcelona manager is to takeover from interim manager, Ryan Giggs, who is set to end his career at the club to pursue pastures anew in management. The Dutchman was educated in the Total Football philosophy, and implements this style of play where he goes. However, he is known …
Fellaini Saddened by Moyes Sacking

Fellaini Saddened by Moyes Sacking

Belgium midfielder Marouane Fellaini has revealed his sadness in seeing former Manchester United coach David Moyes relinquished from his duties. The former Everton duo moved from Goodison Park to Old Trafford in the summer after Moyes was hand-picked by Sir Alex Ferguson to succeed him, while the Belgian was Moyes' first signing at the club, Fellaini told MUTV: "It was a hard week because I was close with the manager." Ryan Giggs has stepped in as interim-manager with a backroom staff …
de Boer Confirms Tottenham Approach

de Boer Confirms Tottenham Approach

Ajax coach and former Netherlands international Frank de Boer has confirmed he has been approached by North London outfit Tottenham Hotspur in their quest to find a replacement for Tim Sherwood. Sherwood was given an 18-month contract following the dismissal of Andre Villas-Boas, but the former Blackburn midfielder's performances and comments have left a lot to be desired for the Spurs fans and Daniel Levy. Louis van Gaal was heavily linked to the Spurs job, but since the sacking of …
Anaethetising the opposition: passing & shooting analysis for Euro 2012

Anaethetising the opposition: passing & shooting analysis for Euro 2012

The key is to control the game. If we have the ball, he'll participate less and cause us fewer problems.
The above quote by Gerard Piqué about Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of the semi-final with Portugal summed up Spain's approach during Euro 2012. In a typically excellent piece by Sid Lowe for the Guardian (from which the above quote is taken), Spain's approach is described as being anaesthetic rather than aesthetic. The crux is that by controlling the ball, Spain are able to …
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