Louis Van Gaal has vowed to stick with the 3-5-2 formation that marked United's 7-0 win against LA Galaxy earlier this morning, as the Dutchman made his debut as Manchester United manager in the first pre-season friendly.
Wayne Rooney, Reece James and Ashley Young both grabbed two goals apiece, while Danny Welbeck was also on the scoresheet but the biggest point of focus of Van Gaal's first game in charge was the 3-5-2 formation he opted to field, with Jonny Evans, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling at centre-backs and Luke Shaw and Antonio Valencia at wing-backs.
Louis Van Gaal went some way to dispel doubts over his future by publicly admitting that he wants to manage Manchester United, describing the Reds as "the biggest club in the world". The Dutchman is largely thought to be the overwhelming favourite in the race to succeed David Moyes at Old Trafford and could be announced next week.
Moyes on van Persie: "Robin will be back, involved somewhere. He trained today and is fit. But we'll have to see exactly where he is." #mufc Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 27, 2013 Robin Van Persie will return from injury to play some part in Manchester United's game against West Brom tomorrow, according to David [.
Manchester United manager David Moyes is considering a move for Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke in January. The Scot watched the 22-year-old in action during Friday's match between Belgium and Scotland. reports the Daily Mirror. Now he is considering bringing in the Belgian to become United's new number 9.
Alexander Buttner's agent says there is a lack of trust between his client and new Manchester United boss David Moyes. The former Everton manager's frantic attempts to bring in a new left-back during the transfer window have left question marks over Buttner's future. His agent Alexander Bursac says the Dutchman has been promised a loan [.
The first big match of the Premier League season takes place tomorrow evening when Manchester United and Chelsea meet (even if United boss David Moyes can't believe the fixture computer dared to throw this one up so early in the new campaign). So, we'll scour the major betting sites looking for the best bets ahead [.
The only way to solve this problem in Jurassic Park is to improve education of these dinosaur coaches, fitness clowns & scientific cowboys. Raymond Verheijen (@raymondverheije) July 23, 2013 David Moyes has been branded a "dinosaur" by a former Wales assistant manager after Robin Van Persie picked up a pre-season injury.
One of the advantages of training with Robin Van Persie for years is that, faced with a free header from the Dutchman, Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny knew exactly where to put his face. The Poland international received physio treatment after taking the Manchester United striker's bullet header straight to his schnozzle.
It's hard to say exactly how BT Sport's television coverage of the Premier League will fare next season, but one thing is for sure: Manchester United's Robin van Persie will be part of the promotional package. The Dutchman took to Facebook yesterday to say he was "having fun at the BT Sport shoot" and attached [.
Manchester United fans collectively held their breath (and Manchester City fans wondered if they were destined to retain the Premier League title after all) when Robin Van Persie picked up a bizarre injury during Saturday's win over QPR. In straining to cross the ball in the build-up to United's opening goal, an off-balance Van Persie [.
Robin Van Persie was subbed off with an injury in the first-half of Manchester United's match against QPR this afternoon. The Dutchman had been struggled since tumbling into a cameraman's pit during the build-up to Rafael's goal. None of the footage we've seen so far captures Van Persie's fall, although one replay of the goal [.
Andre Santos' fairly dubious performances at left-back had already got many Arsenal fans wondering if he's the man for them. So, he decided to use Saturday's defeat at Manchester United to alienate any Gooners who still had some patience remaining. With the Gunners trailing, the Brazilian chose walking down the tunnel at half-time as an [.
Ducky's Note: Here's Aniruddha's second post for us, as he looks into all
the rumours about Rooney being on 'shaky ground' at United.
It's been hardly a month since RvP arrived at United and he's already got lips wagging about the
future of Wayne Rooney the man without whom life at United would have been unimaginable any time
over the last three years.
Arsene Wenger criticizes Juventus in RVP transfer saga by AM In an interview to Corriere dello
Sport, Arsene Wenger has mocked Juventus' attempt to sign Robin van Persie this summer. The
Frenchman said that the Italian giant tried to get van Persie on the cheap before Arsenal sold the
Dutchman to Manchester United for 24million.
When Robin Van Persie completed his hat-trick on Sunday not only did he ensure that his manager
would celebrate his 1000th league game in charge of Manchester United with a win, he also confirmed
that Sir Alex Ferguson has still an eye for a good transfer coup. Since the Dutchman signed from
Arsenal less than [.
Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic is full of praise for summer signing Robin van Persie,
insisting that the heroic showing of the former Arsenal captain has compensated for the club's poor
Vidic struggled with make-shift defensive partner Michael Carrick as United conceded three goals
in their opening two matches.
Manchester United forward Robin van Persie believes that the introduction of Paul Scholes and
not his hat-trick was the main reason why the Red Devils came from behind to beat Southampton 3-2
Van Persie scored United's first equalizer minutes following Rickie Lambert's early opening goal
and even after Morgan Schneiderlin restored the Saints' advantage, the Dutchman added two late
goals to secure all three points for Sir Alex Ferguson's men.
One of the most noted club changesin the recently closed transfer window was that of Robbie Van
Persie's change from Arsenal to mighty Manchester United. Truly the Dutchman has started well, and
today against Southampton was the player everyone talks about. Manchester United had great
difficulty against Southampton!
Marco Van Ginkel will miss the rest of the season with the knee injury he sustained during Tuesday's Capital One Cup clash with Swindon. The Dutchman was substituted in the first-half after twisting his knee awkwardly. He immediately looked to be in trouble, but initially tried to play on. But an MRI scan carried out [.
Aston Villa were hammered at home to Spurs in last night's Capital One Cup tie, but the biggest humiliation of the evening came on one of the rare occasions when it looked like they might score. Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen pulled down the shorts of Villa's Nicklas Helenius as he raced through on goal.
Throughout his career, Arjen Robben has been singled out as a player in need of a metaphorical kick up the backside. New Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola opted for a more literal approach, swinging his boot into Robben's behind during a pre-season training session. Fortunately, the notoriously temperamental Dutchman appeared to be all smiles after [.
Meet AC Milan's new star: El Jaharwee. Ruud Gullit was reduced to fits of laughter as his fellow Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp attempted to pronounce Stephan El Shaarawy's name. As Redknapp casually slipped "El Jaharwee" into his analysis, Gullit decided he wasn't going to let it go. The Dutchman jumped in with an immediate: [.
With summer seemingly behind us, that can only mean one thing: the new Premier League season is upon us. Fans of top flight clubs across the country are itching for the new campaign to get underway but with the optimism that most fans will be filled with comes the trepidation that others will feel ahead [.
The news Guus Hiddink has resigned his post as manager of Anzhi Makhachkala is likely to have disappointed club presidents and chairmen across Europe, as the Dutchman suddenly becomes free after the top jobs have gone. Napoli, Real Madrid, PSG and even Chelsea may well have had a punt of the successful 66-year-old, who has [.
Barcelona legend Johan Cruyff says the club should have sold Lionel Messi once they had plans in place to bring Neymar to the club. The Dutchman reckons factors such as set-piece duties and the two marquee players representing rival sports brands could cause friction for the Catalan giants. He said: "With Neymar on board, I [.
Hearing the full-time whistle Samuel Eto'o knew where to head. Anzhi just beaten AZ 5-0 in
Alkmaar, but there was no mood to celebrate, instead he had to see him up close and offer a few
words to a talent without limitations that left a huge impression.
Former Everton flop Andy Van Der Meyde begged fellow Dutchman Royston Drenthe not to join the club, it has been revealed. Van Der Meyde warned his compatriot not to move to the Toffees because there were too many damaging temptations on offer on Merseyside. According to Dutch news site HP De Tijd, Van Der Meyde [.
Ex-Everton flop Andy Van Der Meyde has lifted the lid on how his life spiralled out of control during his time on Merseyside. In a candid interview with BBC Radio Five Live, the Dutchman speaks openly about a number of problems in his personal life. Perhaps the most bizarre example of this is the story [.
Ducky's Note: After we featured Joe Allen in our first Liverpool
post in almost as much time as it took Torres to score for Chelsea, we seem to have opened
the floodgates, at least by this site's Liverpool-post-frequency standards. So next up we have
Arunkumar Sekhar, picking through Liverpool's transfer dealings with a numerical
obsession nearing John Nash's.
Whilst Robin van Persie was named Man of the Match for today's 3-2 victory over Southampton, our
striker claims that it is Paul Scholes, who came on for the last half an hour when we were 2-1
down, who was the best player on the pitch.
"Of course everybody worked hard, but I have to say a big thank you to Paul Scholes because
everything started to tick when he came on," Robin said in an interview with Sky Sports.
With United 2-1 down away at Southampton today, Robin van Persie won a penalty thanks to a
reckless challenge from behind. The Dutchman stepped up to score his second equalising goal of the
game but then took a bizarre penalty, a poor attempt at an Andrea Pirlo from this summer's Euro
2012, and the keeper saved it.
1. Southampton had lost their opening two games of the season but had taken the lead twice
against City at the Etihad, so they're not total mugs. They took the lead twice against us too but
this game was at their place. Despite an impressive opening ten minutes, with United playing some
great football, we just didn't get to grips with the game.
Liverpool could shelve their interest in free-scoring Dutchman Ricky van Wolfswinkel after the
player's agent confirmed the striker's intention to extend his stay at Sporting Lisbon.
Louis Laros, Van Wolfswinkel's representative, has revealed that plans are in place to renegotiate
his client's contract at Sporting later this month.