Another disappointing season is coming to a close and unfortunately for Manchester United fans, the misery doesn’t end here. Indeed, the most testing, harrowing, and torturous of periods is upon us, an Ed Woodward transfer window.
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The guillotine has been assembled, the angry townspeople have gathered in the square, the executioner has put his little hat on, and King has his head on the chopping block. No, this isn’t 18th century France, it’s Salford.
Up until yesterday morning, it was unthinkable to discuss the future of Manchester United Football Club without mentioning Ryan Giggs. After a brief spell in the dugout during the final stages of the 2013/14 season, the Welshman was hired by current manager Louis van Gaal as Assistant Manager, a role many believe is much more akin to a managerial apprenticeship.
Ahead of the new season, we take a look at the tactics Louis van Gaal is looking to instill in his new look side, providing a comprehensive guide of what you’ll see on the pitch.
Following the departures of Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao, Manchester United fans have been pleading the club to sign a striker who can score week in, week out. Even manager Louis van Gaal bemoaned the club “don’t have a striker who scores 20 goals in the season” last February. Though, not to worry LVG, you already have a striker who can score 30.
After three consecutive wins against Tottenham, Liverpool and Aston Villa, Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini are on the lips of the jubilant Manchester United supporters. The Belgian and Spaniard have found form in the most crucial part of United’s season, as they look to secure a top four finish.
When the news of Radamel Falcao’s surprise deadline day move broke I stared at my mobile with a feeling of discontent. My preconception was that Falcao was a mercenary. His choice to join Monaco over one of Europe’s elite clubs told me all I needed to know about him. To place a cherry on top of the worrisome cake, he just recovered from an ACL tear. I wasn’t optimistic, to say the least.
The year was 2009. Luca Toni sat bemused in the Bayern Munich dressing room. “I have never experienced anything like it, it was totally crazy” remarked the striker. In a show of dominance and indefensible workplace misconduct, Louis van Gaal had just produced his testicles.
Much to the dismay of Manchester United fans, Louis van Gaal seems intent on continuing his love affair with the 3-5-2. On a number of occasions, United have underperformed this season, and more often than not, these drab performances have correlated with the unpopular formation.