Manchester United officially announced the signing of Angel di Maria amid the backdrop of a 4-0 insult at the hands of impudent league one side MK Dons. So abject was their display that if you were watching both teams for the first time you would struggle to believe United was the team purchasing the£60 million player.
At the beginning of last season, the average tenure of a manager in the Premier League was 2 years and 2 months. This is comparable with the tenure of managers in Serie A and La Liga, and slightly less than the tenure of a coach in the Bundesliga. What this means to a soccer fan of a top flight club is that your team, no matter where the club is in the table, has a good chance of turning over management every three years.
Louis Van Gaal's "Red Devil Revolution" might have won over the British press quickly but how is he serving as an effective custodian of Manchester United's future? David Moyes made an effort to transition properly to the next era of Manchester United players giving Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck more time on the pitch and worked to transition the backline.
5 World-Class Players United Have Failed To Sign In The Last Two Years - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Manchester United's decline over the last 12 months has been startling. It's been more than just a decline. A landslide, probably, would be a more suitable word. In the 2010-11 season, they convincingly brushed aside their nearest rivals to win the Premier League by a mammoth 11 points.
During the World Cup we saw the renaissance of the 3-5-2 formation. Typically known as the classical continental formation of the 1970′s and 1980′s. Louis Van Gaal, who took charge of The Netherlands at the 2014 World Cup, has stood by a philosophy akin to the Dutch "total football" during his managerial career.
Old Trafford. It is a name that conjures many memories, most of which, given over two decades of unparalleled success, are happy ones. It is also a name that, during the last quarter of a century, has struck fear into the hearts of those who have visited it, for it had become a fortress; more often than not, the 'Home of the Champions.
With less than two weeks left in the transfer market, another Manchester United manager is getting hung out to dry by Unted's executive vice chairmanEd Woodward.
Last season David Moyes took a lot of heat for United's laughable summer transfer activity, but as history is set to repeat itself, it is clear that the fault for United's poor season last season rests with Woodward.
Initially, there was almost unanimous support for David Moyes when the wheels started to come off during his time as Manchester United manager. Whilst there had been huge concerns over his appointment, given he hadn't won a thing during his managerial career, fans were sympathetic and wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt.
Manchester United has started the post-Moyes era in remarkable fashion, having not lost in any of their six pre-season friendlies as they settle relatively well into Louis Van Gaal's unorthodox 3-5-2 system. Their last friendly fixture – against Valencia – saw Marouane Fellaini notch his first goal for the club in injury time, which is typical to the Red Devils' way in what Van Gaal labeled as the ‘worst game' under him.
David Beckham and Paul Scholes react as Man Utd are dumped out of League Cup by York in '95
Having missed out on Europe under the failed reign of David Moyes, Manchester United were involved in the Capital One Cup second round draw for the first time since 1995 (when 'Fergie's fledglings' lost 4-3 on aggregate to York City).
Edinson Cavani has dismissed rumours that linked himwith a move away from Paris St Germain and insisted he's happy to continue to play for the Ligue 1 champions and that he has no interest in parting ways with the Parisian club.
The Uruguayan striker has long been linked with a move to Manchester United, after emerging as a transfer target for David Moyes in January and speculation over the former Napoli striker intensified towards the end of last season, when Cavani had looked frustrated at being deployed in a wide role to allow Zlatan Ibrahimovic to play in his favourite position.
Nemanja Vidic faced his former club for the first time this week when Manchester United played Inter Milan in a pre-season friendly. United won the game on penalties and Vidic found it strange playing against the likes of Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata.
"It was strange," he admitted. "I faced Wayne and Mata many times in training but it's different when you play them in a proper match.
Wilfried Zaha has admitted David Moyes and him didn't see eye-to-eye and that he was frozen out by the former United manager last season, but he's relishing the opportunity to impress Louis Van Gaal.
Zaha signed for United in January 2012 for £15m but remained on loan at Crystal Palace for the remainder of the campaign making the switch to Old Trafford at the beginning of last season, but he was given very few opportunities to impress and was eventually shipped out to Cardiff on loan in January.
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has complained that he inherited an unbalanced and "broken" squad from David Moyes.
Van Gaal pointed the finger at former manager David Moyes for the squads problems saying that Sir Alex Ferguson had left Moyes with a team of winners while he getting a "broken" squad awash with attacking midfielders.
Can Alan Irvine revive Glasgow's ‘master race' of Premier League managers? is a post from: Just Football
In the heady summer of 2011, one city ruled the Premier League. For once it wasn't Manchester, Liverpool, London or Norwich. It wasn't even an English city. It was Glasgow, with seven former residents of the Dear Green Place in charge of Premier League clubs.
Louis Van Gaal has said he's inherited a squad that is "broken" and "unbalanced" and dismissed suggestions that it'll be easier for him to succeed, given David Moyes' disastrous tenure at the club.
The Dutchman was asked whether he thought replacing Sir Alex Ferguson would have been harder than replacing Moyes, Van Gaal insisted that following a manager as successful as Fergie wouldn't have been a problem for him.
After a disappointing season under David Moyes leaves United missing out on Champion's League football this coming season and a truly awful viewing experience for even the most hardcore Red Devil fan, the board did what they should have done a year earlier and conducted an extensive search for a suitable manager to ensure they didn't repeat the errors made replacing the retiring Sir Alex Ferguson.
Wayne Rooney impresses for Manchester United in RvP's absence - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Wayne Rooney laid down a marker to new manager Louis Van Gaal on Sunday by scoring a brace and assisting the third goal as Manchester United beat AS Roma 3-2 in their pre-season friendly match in Denver.
Of all the attempts to knock the enthusiasm out of Louis van Gaal's arrival at Old Trafford, the least cutting jibe of them all has been the one about the Dutchman being some throwback who was only big in the 90s.
Besides being inaccurate—his post-2000 title-winning spells with AZ Alkmaar and Bayern Munich, and the Netherlands' success at the World Cup this summer are all achievements that would enhance the CV of any manager—it seems odd to try and use the decade that birthed the Premier League as the frame of reference through which to criticise the new manager at Old Trafford.
Louis Van Gaal could axe between six and 10 players in his first month at Manchester United, with the Dutchman determined to strip his squad ahead of the upcoming season by offloading players he deems to be surplus to requirements.
Van Gaal introduced himself to the squad yesterday, took charge of his first training session in the afternoon and will officially be unveiled as new Manchester United manager today but, even though he hasn't seen all of his players in action, the 62-year-old has already been active behind the scenes.
A year on from the abdication of Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United remain in a limbo. The much planned succession led not to an expected summer of triumph but to a ten-month long winter of turgid football, impotent crosses and Marouane Fellaini. Less than a year aftera sacking at Old Trafford seemed unthinkable, the fans were as desperate for one as an addict seeking a hit.
Louis Van Gaal wants his Manchester United to resemble the Holland squad he steered to third place at the World Cup and the Dutchman has expressed his desire for United players to be "singing from the same hymn sheet".
After a successful World Cup, Van Gaal will officially be unveiled as Manchester United manager this week, before flying out to the US for United's summer tour unlike Robin Van Persie, who will miss the North American tour after having been given three weeks off when the job of rebuilding the squad that collapsed under David Moyes will begin in its earnest.
Manchester United have confirmed that they have sold out all 55,000 of the available season tickets. This is the fastest sell out since the summer before the 2006-2007 season.
Price increases and the automatic cup scheme have put some fans off since then and whilst the club has claimed to have a season ticket waiting list for years, they have been desperate to sell off season tickets at the start of every season.
Manchester United have revealed the new kit for the upcoming 2014-15 season and, sadly, it looks as tacky as we all expected after watching the trailer United released just over a week ago.
An enormous golden "Chevrolet" logo has replaced the "AON" brand that had characterised United's shirts over the last three seasons, while the white collar returns after a two-season long absence and a label inside the collar carries the words "Youth, Courage, Greatness" which isn't every United missed under David Moyes but, according to United's official website, the pillars upon which the club is built.
Patrice Evra could leave Manchester United early next week, after having reportedly found an agreement with the club which will allow him to move to Juventus this summer.
The Frenchman has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford for over 12 months, first as David Moyes launched in what proved to be an ultimately fruitless pursuit of Everton's left-back Leighton Baines and then when United had emerged as front runners in the race to sign England international Luke Shaw.
The word ‘classy' appears in football prattle with increasing regularity, now considered the acme of all behaviour; gestures, non-gestures, tweets, messages of support, banners, all of that. Truth is, one of the things that's so compelling about football is the opportunity to ignore a goodly chunk of these precise mores and pressures, because, after all, it's only football.
The Louis Van Gaal era is up and running after United dismantled Los Angeles Galaxy 7-0 in their first pre-season friendly of the season earlier this morning to kick off their US tour in perfect fashion. Resounding though the result might be, United will have to face much sterner tests on this tour but Van Gaal's debut was as slick as he could have hoped for.
Can Everton Mount A Genuine Challenge For 4th Place? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Everton broke their transfer record last night to secure the services of Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea in a deal worth 28 million pounds. By shelling out such a huge amount, the club have clearly signalled their intent to push for a finish in the top 4 and qualify for the Champions League.
------------ The Republik of Mancunia has brought out a brilliant downloadable World Cup preview. It contains 20 articles written by football experts on the countries our players will be representing in Brazil. There is also exclusive content from this country's top football journalists, such as Sid Lowe, Martin Lipton, Sam Wallace and Dominic Fifield.