Louis Van Gaal: A genius behind the struggle

Louis Van Gaal: A genius behind the struggle

Under Louis Van Gaal, Manchester United have struggled to gain consistency and they've failed to make an impact in the league since the Dutchman's arrival. Despite spending around £250 million on transfers, United currently sit out of the top four and the title appears to be out of their reach. Recent calls for the manager's sacking has added a further cloud over what has already been a disappointing season but has Louis Van Gaal's time at Manchester United really been …
From Cult Hero to Gaffer | Players Who Became Managers at Their Beloved Clubs

From Cult Hero to Gaffer | Players Who Became Managers at Their Beloved Clubs

In modern football it's becoming more and more common to see former players return to their clubs as a coach or manager. The latest could see Didier Drogba return to Chelsea to work alongside interim manager Guus Hiddink. He'd follow in the footsteps of Ryan Giggs at Manchester United, who's enjoying his second season as part of the coaching and management team. However, it's not always been a succesful transition. Here's some of the best and worst stories of players …
Sunderland: Which top dog, will take over the Black Cats?

Sunderland: Which top dog, will take over the Black Cats?

Ah Sunderland, eternally destined to struggle it seems. After being beaten by the likes of Bournemouth, Norwich, Leicester, Manchester United and Tottenham - Dick Advocaat has thrown in the towel. This Sunderland Echo article has Dick citing the reasons; "the struggle against relegation isn't my cup of tea" and "our squad was simply not good enough". Fair points, if you look at the fact he was practically begged by the Sunderland fans to sign the contract extension earlier this year & their …
Could Everton challenge for the top six again?

Could Everton challenge for the top six again?

Everton have had an interesting couple of years under Roberto Martinez, with a 5th and 11th placed finishes. The Spaniard is certainly the right man for the job, with last season's disappointment being largely down to the Europa League. Everton have a very good squad, but it is small and the extra games that the Europa League brought had a negative effect. They have started this season off with two wins, two draws and a defeat, which came against the …
Van Gaal vs Pochettino - Consistency is Key

Van Gaal vs Pochettino - Consistency is Key

Louis Van Gaal has a managerial CV the envy of football coaches worldwide. Having won major honours at the helm of Ajax, Bayern Munich and Barcelona, whilst also leading his home nation The Netherlands to the semi-finals in the recent 2014 World Cup in Brazil. So what next for the man many deem a footballing genius? The vacant role of manager of another club giant in Manchester United of course, and after the failing of predecessor David Moyes, surely the …
Are Manchester United the Tortoise, the Hare or Just Not There?

Are Manchester United the Tortoise, the Hare or Just Not There?

This season was always going to be an interesting one for Manchester United. After the disastrous reign of David Moyes, which saw United finish seventh in the league and more importantly miss out on a Champions League spot, the summer saw big changes at Old Trafford with the arrival of Louis Van Gaal as manager. Van Gaal brought experience to the club and acted quickly in the transfer market to bolster his squad. All of this left Tatts betting and similar …
Comparing Van Gaal to David Moyes is Unfair, Despite the Points Tally

Comparing Van Gaal to David Moyes is Unfair, Despite the Points Tally

To state that Louis Van Gaal can be a little spiky in his press conferences is somewhat of an understatement. An unfortunate journalist felt the Dutchman's wrath recently, in the wake of United's home defeat to Southampton, when he alluded to the fact that Van Gaal's team now had the same amount of points that his predecessor David Moyes had at the same stage last season. The current United manager angrily retorted that the journalist in question had been waiting …
Man City v Man United 13-14 | What did the fans think?

Man City v Man United 13-14 | What did the fans think?

The first Manchester derby of the 2013-14 season was played on September 22nd 2013 and ended in humiliation for United Manager David Moyes, as his team were comprehensively outclassed and beaten 4-1 by a rampant City side. The hosts outperformed United in almost every part of the pitch, Sergio Agüero opening the scoring just past the quarter hour mark and Yaya Toure adding a second just before the break. Any hopes the visitors had of resurrecting a point were shattered …
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