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LVG tactical revolution begins

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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.

Van Gaal wants United job

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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.

Man Utd’s Robin Van Persie will be involved against West Brom, says David Moyes

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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 [.

Man Utd target Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke for January bid

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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 hits out at Man Utd boss David Moyes

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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 [.

Top five Manchester United vs Chelsea betting tips

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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 [.

Man Utd boss David Moyes labelled ‘dinosaur’ over Robin Van Persie injury

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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.

GIF It: Arsenal’s Wojciech Szczesny saves from Man Utd’s Robin Van Persie with his face

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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.

Video: Manchester United’s Robin van Persie performs ball juggling for BT Sport

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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 [.

GIF It: Robin Van Persie falls into a cameraman’s pit (QPR 0-2 Manchester United)

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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 gets intimate with a cameraman (QPR vs Manchester United)

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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 [.

Video: Arsenal left-back Andre Santos swaps shirts with Manchester United’s Robin Van Persie at half-time

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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 [.

Is Wayne Rooney an ‘unnecessary luxury’ already?

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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 slams Juventus over Van Persie negotiations

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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.

Southampton v Manchester United – Comeback Kings?

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For the second time in over 8 months, Manchester United came back and won the match. It was also the second time a Dutchman at United had opened their account against Fulham and scored a hat-trick...

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Robin van Perfect Fit

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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 [.

Made for Manchester United! Robin van Persie

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Robin van Persie is a thorough - bred pedigree made for Manchester United .The silk guile steel a track record on his glittering CV. Albeit absent of any winners medals to confirm the Dutchman's...

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Nemanja Vidic hails ‘great’ signing

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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 defensive form.

Vidic struggled with make-shift defensive partner Michael Carrick as United conceded three goals in their opening two matches.

RvP credits substitution for Man Utd win

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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 yesterday.

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.

Van Persie at center stage

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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!

Southampton 2-3 Man Utd – Hat-Trick Hero Van Persie Saves Red Devils In Fergie Time (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Southampton 2-3 Manchester United Premier League 2nd September 2012

On Sir Alex Ferguson's 1,000th league game in charge of Manchester United, summer-signing Robin Van Persie conjured up a fine gift for his boss in the shape of a crucial hat-trick.


Chelsea’s Marco Van Ginkel out for the season with cruciate ligament injury

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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 [.

Chelsea staff and players express concern over Marco Van Ginkel

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Happy with the victory but sad for Marco's injury. Get well soon my friend. We are all with you.... http://t.co/JqnRrxNQD6 César Azpilicueta (@CesarAzpi) September 24, 2013 Chelsea coaches and players have been sending well wishes to midfielder Marco Van Ginkel who suffered what looked like a serious knee injury during last night's Capital One [.


Video: Jan Vertonghen pulls down Nicklas Helenius’ shorts (Aston Villa 0-4 Spurs)

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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.

Video: New Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola gives Arjen Robben a kick up the backside. Literally

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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 [.

Video: Jamie Redknapp wrestles with Stephan El Shaarawy’s name after AC Milan vs Barcelona

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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: [.

Ranting and Raving

Pardew the Premier League sack race favourite ahead of new season

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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 [.

We’re going on a wild Guus Hiddink chase

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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 [.

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Johan Cruyff: Barcelona should have sold Messi when they signed Neymar

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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 [.

Introducing the Dutch Iniesta, the "dancing butterfly", AZ Alkmaar's Adam Maher

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By Mohamed Moallim

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.


Bacardi, cocaine and short skirts: Why Andy Van Der Meyde begged Royston Drenthe not to join Everton

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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 [.

Former Everton man Andy Van Der Meyde told his wife he was going to a hotel to rest his injury, was actually living with another woman

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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 [.

The Liverpool Transfer Roundup, in Numbers

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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.


RvP: Scholes Makes United Tick

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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.

RvP: I don’t know what I was thinking about with the penalty

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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.

Quick Reactions To United’s Victory Over Southampton

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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.

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Liverpool Likely To Shelve Interest In Dutch Strike Star

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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.

Pictorial Evidence of Chirpy's Decent into Evil

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With the news that beloved Tottenham mascot Chirpy is about to get a makeover in time for our home game against QPR, I thought we'd take a look at that mad bird through the ages

When he was young, he was fresh faced, chubby chopped, happy ChirpyEvent when standing near his arch rival, he was still happyChubby Chopped Chirpy was loved by the ladiesBut then, as he got older.

Backup Paladini helps lift Chicago Fire past Houston Dynamo

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Was it a shot or pass? For Daniel Paladini, the only thing that mattered was that he was able to put it into the net.

The midfielder scored what ended up being the game-winner in the 19th minute as the Chicago Fire defeated the Houston Dynamo 3-1 in front of a crowd of 17,007 at Toyota Park.