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The Origin of Managers – Sir Alex Ferguson

In 1859 Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species, a work that proposed the idea of natural selection and laid the foundation for the theory of evolution. In short, the theory proposes the idea of survival of the fittest; those who adapt will survive. Darwin’s theory, however, is not exclusive to the realm of biology.

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Inside the mind of Louis Van Gaal: Manchester derby tactics

In this piece I attempt to delve into the tactically brilliant mind of Louis van Gaal. How will he approach the game? Who will play? What’s he been saying in the tactical meetings? Once we go down this rabbit hole there’s no telling what we’ll find. If I tug on the rope twice, pull me out.

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Is it time for Manchester United to scrap the pretty football?

Manchester United’s start under Louis van Gaal has been less than ideal. Their play has shown signs of promise, however they are still struggling to find their feet under the new manager. Somewhat fortuitously, they find themselves only one point outside of the top 4, but with Chelsea and Manchester City looming, the Dutchman must provide a solution to United’s inconsistency.

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Diamonds, an Ángel, a Belgian, and a Magisterial Dutchman

Manchester United’s 4-0 win over QPR was more than a customary win over a newly promoted side, it was the beginning of a rebirth. The Old Trafford Faithful, after a year of disappointment and hardship, rose to their feet and witnessed a new army, draped in Manchester red, emerge from the tunnel.

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Will Ángel Di María’s arrival push Rooney into the centre of midfield?

The arrival of Di María will drastically alter the dynamic of a United team in desperate need of rejuvenation. He will provide a dynamism and pace that has been absent from the squad in recent times. However, will he also prompt a change in an unexpected way? And why does this change hinge on the ability of Ander Herrera?

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The United Captaincy: Only Juan Man for the Job

In the summer departures of Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, and Patrice Evra, Manchester United not only lost ¾ of a Champions League winning back line, they lost the three most suitable candidates for the captaincy. The absence of these three senior figures, in conjunction with the retirement of Ryan Giggs, has left the United squad dauntingly thin in terms of notable leadership experience.

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The Psychology of Louis van Gaal

Following the Netherlands’ dramatic 2-1 win over Mexico in the Round of 16, an upbeat Robin Van Persie said, “everyone feels we can win it – that it really is possible”. The quote went largely unnoticed in the flurry of headlines that this World Cup has prompted, but its importance to Manchester United cannot be overstated.

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Could Van Gaal Bring the 3-5-2 to United?

There are many unanswered questions surrounding the appointment of Louis Van Gaal – Will Van Persie become captain? Will Ed Woodward sign someone with a decent haircut in this summer transfer window? – One thing, however, is without a shadow of a doubt…United will play attractive football.

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