Manchester United's Projected Formations for 2015-2016

Manchester United's Projected Formations for 2015-2016

Louis van Gaal tinkered with formations quite frequently last year, confusing even the most loyal Manchester United supporters. His determination to use different setups and play stars out of position (see: Rooney, Wayne) rubbed many up the wrong way, but some of it stemmed from lacking the right personnel. With a second transfer window under his belt, Van Gaal seems to have acquired the right players to fit his possession-dominant, high line system. How will that translate tactically? Here are the …
Roberto Firmino to Manchester United - Necessity or Luxury?

Roberto Firmino to Manchester United - Necessity or Luxury?

If twitter reports are anything to be trusted, then Manchester United have already wrapped up their second signing of the summer - Hoffeinheim's attacking midfielder Roberto Firmino for circa 18m€ (some sources quote €30 million). Although there has been no noise in particular from the British Press on what has been going on behind the curtains at Old Trafford, it looks like the deal could be on and the player could have actually undergone his medical already whilst on international duty, …
The Renaissance of Marouane Fellaini Under Louis Van Gaal

The Renaissance of Marouane Fellaini Under Louis Van Gaal

In a team that boasts the attacking prowess of Wayne Rooney, Robin Van Persie, Radamel Falcao and Angel Di Maria, I for one don't think many would have envisaged the afro-sporting Belgian scoring the vital winning goal that would ultimately take Manchester United to where they wanted to be at the start of next season, not even the hipsters in twitter you come across, every now and then. Often the scapegoat in a completely catastrophic last season for fans to …
Jeers to Cheers: How Fellaini Resurrected his Manchester United Career

Jeers to Cheers: How Fellaini Resurrected his Manchester United Career

A few months back, if you'd have asked fans around Old Trafford to name one player synonymous with David Moyes' disastrous 2013/14 campaign in charge of Manchester United, the most popular answer would have almost certainly been Marouane Fellaini. The big Belgian was seen as the perfect personification of United's direct tactics under Moyes, and his struggle for form made him an easy target for the boo boys. Fellaini's transfer also highlighted Ed Woodward's perceived ineptitude in the transfer market, …
Manchester United v Manchester City Preview | Team News, Stats and Key Men

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

Two teams that come from the same city, two teams with four Premier League crowns between them in the last four years will be battling for the bragging rights of Manchester for the 169th time, at Old Trafford on Sunday evening. For the first time in arguably one and a half years, Manchester United will go into this game in red hot form sitting above their 'noisy neighbors' in the league table. United are one of the most in-form sides in …
Juan Mata: Why he deserves a place in United's starting eleven

Juan Mata: Why he deserves a place in United's starting eleven

There has been much criticism directed the way of Manchester United's diminutive midfielder Juan Mata since his £37.1 million move from Stamford Bridge to Old Trafford in January 2014. Many believed at the start of the 2014/15 season, despite his impressive on-field relationship with Ander Herrera exhibited during pre-season, that Mata would be the 'fall guy' in the wake of United's epic splurge into the transfer market. It was often pointed out that Mata was yet to influence any of …
Liverpool v Manchester United Preview | Team News, Stats and Key Men

Liverpool v Manchester United Preview | Team News, Stats and Key Men

Straight to the point, has there ever been a bigger Liverpool-Manchester United clash in the Premier League era than the one on Sunday? I really doubt there has, when you consider what is at stake and also the timing of this fixture. A massive derby, arguably still the biggest match-up in English football regardless of where the teams stand in the league table and it's an absolute certainty that the animosity between two most successful institutions in the English game …
Manchester United vs Tottenham Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

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

This match is huge in terms of top four qualification, especially for Spurs, as they need a positive result if they are to be considered in contention alongside Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal. Meanwhile for the hosts, they will be keen to get a win after disappointingly being knocked out of the FA Cup at Old Trafford by Arsenal. They were outplayed in their own stadium, by a side who hadn't won there in a long time. This weekend they …
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