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Assessing The Louis Van Gaal Selection Predicament

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The new Premier League season is only two weeks old and Manchester United under Louis van Gaal are already playing catch-up. The pre-season tour feels like a very long time ago now.

The Red Devils have placed a significant number of eggs into an Ángel di María-sized basket and the spending may not end there with utility Daley Blind and defensive midfielder Nigel de Jong heavily linked to the Old Trafford club.

SAF’s star signing confident Manchester United will bounce back

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SAF's star signing confident Manchester United will bounce back - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Robin van Persie says Manchester United will bounce back despite their failure to seal the first win of the new Premier League season.

Juan Mata gave a lead to Louis van Gaal's side early in the first half before it was cancelled by the former Manchester City midfielder Jack Rodwell's header few minutes later.

Analyzing Louis van Gaal’s 3-5-2 formation at Manchester United

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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.

Louis van Gaal: Robin van Persie is very close to Manchester United return

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Louis van Gaal: Robin van Persie is very close to Manchester United return - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has admitted that Robin van Persie's return to the starting XI is "very close."

The 31-year-old was with the Netherlands squad during the 2014 FIFA World Cup where they finished third in the summer tournament in Brazil.

Why Wayne Rooney will captain Manchester United to glory

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Why Wayne Rooney will captain Manchester United to glory - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Louis van Gaal has officialy named England international Wayne Rooney as the new captain of Manchester United. The striker takes over the role from the Serbian centre-back Nemanja Vidic.

United confirm new captain

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Louis Van Gaal has chosen Manchester United's captain for this season and, perhaps slightly surprising, Wayne Rooney and not Robin Van Persie is the man the new United manager has chosen to skipper the side in his inaugural campaign at Old Trafford.

The relationship between Van Persie and Van Gaal had many suggesting that the former Arsenal striker would be given the armband this season, particularly given he had captained Holland at the World Cup but, instead, the honour has gone to Rooney, with Darren Fletcher promoted to the role of vice-captain.

The low-down on Manchester United’s outcasts

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The low-down on Manchester United's outcasts - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Louis van Gaal: Has let players know their United futures.

The end of the rather successful pre-season tour of the US brought about an end of opportunities for some Manchester United players to impress their new manager.

Manchester United target set for medical today

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Manchester United target set for medical today - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United have missed out on Feyenoord defender Stefan de Vrij after it was confirmed that the Dutchman is set to join Seria A outfit Lazio is a deal worth £6.7 million.

The 22 year-old was Louis Van Gaal's prime target this summer as the new manager looks to put right the defensive crisis at Old Trafford, after the departures of Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra.

Wayne Rooney impresses for Manchester United in RvP’s absence

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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.

Presenting: The Weirdest 2014 World Cup Highlights Compilation You’re Ever Likely To See (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Ah, the 2014 World Cup. It was a good'n, wasn't it? Remember when Robin van Persie decapitated Louis van Gaal? Or when Arturo Vidal planted a hunting knife in Charles Aranguiz's cranium? Remember how we all laughed when Steven Gerrard had to move that baby out of the way so he could take a corner?

MUST WATCH VIDEO OF VAN GAAL: Quotes & Key Points

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Below is a video of Louis van Gaal conducting a presentation on management, vision and the preparation he and his staff underwent to prepare for the World Cup. Provided are some talking points and...

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LVG: “United must be like Holland”

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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.

Brazil 0-3 Netherlands: Third placed Dutch Delight for new Manchester United manager

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Brazil 0-3 Netherlands: Third placed Dutch Delight for new Manchester United manager - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Today's third-place playoff saw moremisery for the hosts, as Louis Van Gaal's Netherlands side handed them a 3-0 loss on the back of their record breaking 7-1 drubbing againstGermany.

Battle of the Victorious: Can Messi still make the difference without his main outlet?

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Battle of the Victorious: Can Messi still make the difference without his main outlet? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Argentina's game is based around Messi, much like Brazil's was around Neymar and we all know how that worked out for them yesterday with him injured. Argentinahaven't suffered the same curse of being without their main man, but they do have asimilarity in that they are without another key player, Angel Di Maria, much like Brazil were also without Thiago Silva.

Vidal would be United’s statement this summer

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As the cliche goes, what a difference a year makes. 12 months ago David Moyes' tenure at Manchester United was in its infancy and while the host of names linked with a move to Old Trafford had started to sound a little odd, not even the most pessimistic of us could have foreseen the shambles that unfolded between July and September, let alone the farce that followed until April.

Netherlands (4) 0-0 (3) Costa Rica: Wonder-sub Tim Krul ‘saves’ the day to set up an Oranje Semi Final

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Netherlands (4) 0-0 (3) Costa Rica: Wonder-sub Tim Krul 'saves' the day to set up an Oranje Semi Final - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Louis Van Gaal's Dutch teamwere held goalless all the way through 120 minutes of play against a feisty Costa Rica side that have donetheir nation very proud in Brazil.

Van Persie: Honour to captain this team

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After a fantastic performance against Spain, scoring two goals, Robin van Persie was subbed off in Holland's round of 16 game. Afterwards, Louis van Gaal confirmed it was a tactical decision, not forced through injury.

"This coach wants to win," said Van Persie. "So he makes substitutions.

Van Gaal: I’ve proven Dutch media wrong

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Holland have had a fantastic World Cup so far with Louis van Gaal stealing the limelight with fantastic substitutions winning game after game.

Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben have been particularly impressive but it takes more than two players to progress to the quarter-finals of the World Cup.

Analysis: How was Van Persie kept quiet and what did Van Gaal do in response?

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Analysis: How was Van Persie kept quiet and what did Van Gaal do in response? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

When the Mexican national team do overcome the grief of having not made it into the last eight for what would have been thethird time in their history, they will realise what they have achieved and this will be helped in no small part by the fans/media appreciation back home.

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Manchester United revitalized by Robin Van Persie’s early return

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Manchester United revitalized by Robin Van Persie's early return - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United have received a major boost ahead of their weekend's away encounter at Sunderland as talismanic striker Robin Van Persie is set for a return. The Guardian reports that the 31 year old is now on line to feature for the Red Devils finally after attaining match fitness.

RvP most popular name on shirts… again

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Robin van Persie's name and number is the most popular in the Premier League for the second year running.

Top 10 selling names on Barclays Premier League replica shirts:

2013/14
1. Van Persie
2. Gerrard
3. Suarez
4. Hazard
5. Ozil
6. Rooney
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PICTURE: Van Nistelrooy gets Holland job

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Guus Hiddink has replaced Louis van Gaal as Holland manager and has invited former Manchester United striker, Ruud van Nistelrooy, to be a part of his coaching staff.

Van Gaal had Patrick Kluivert on his staff when he was the boss. Whilst in charge, Robin van Persie replaced Kluivert as the all time top scorer for Holland.

Manchester United Release Home Shirt for 2014/15 Season: Official [PHOTOS]

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The new home kit modeled by Manchester United's Robin Van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Shinji Kagawa marks the start of a new era for the Red Devils — a new manager, a new sponsor and possibly a new sense of hope ahead of the upcoming season.

American supporters will be the first to see the new kits in action on July 23 when Manchester United play against the LA Galaxy at the start of their summer tour.

Manchester United Home and Away Shirts For 2014/15 Season: New Leaked [PHOTOS]

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Although not officially released, images of Manchester United's new kits have surfaced online.

These strips are the first to feature United's new sponsor, Chevrolet. In fact, in anticipation of the official release, the American car manufacturer commissioned a ‘teaser' video, see here:

The video, featuring star players Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, Juan Mata and David de Gea, as well as new assistant manager Ryan Giggs, shows the evolution of Manchester United shirts, culminating in a mass march down Sir Matt Busby Way.

Chicharito Not Amused At Being Left Out In The Cold At Old Trafford

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Manchester United and Mexico striker Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez has went public with his disappointment over how he was treated by former United manager David Moyes last season.

The 26-year-old only made six starts in the Premier League last year and had to settle for 18 appearances from substitutes bench as Moyes preferred to use Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck ahead of him.

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PICTURES: Van Persie wall art in Brazil

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Football fans in Brazil have taken to the walls of the city to remember the excellent diving header from Robin van Persie against Spain.




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VIDEO: Dontcha wish your striker was RvP

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Nicole Scherzinger went on Key 103 today and sang a remixed version of her song to include Robin van Persie.




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11 Best GIFs of the 2014 FIFA World Cup

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The 2014 World Cup in Brazil was something special, not just in the amount of goals that were scored, but the quality of soccer from almost every one of the 32 teams. To make sure we don't forget any of the memorable moments, We assembled several of our favorite GIFS from the World Cup below.

One of the most sensational goals scored in the World Cup was from Robin van Persie, who scored from an amazing header.

World Cup Team of the Tournament: Who is in the best XI of Brazil 2014?

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World Cup Team of the Tournament: Who is in the best XI of Brazil 2014? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

In the wake of the fantastically entertaining World Cup finals in Brazil, the BBC have released a team picked by their pundits as the Team of the Tournament. Former England trio; Alan Shearer, Chris Waddle and Rio Ferdinand put their heads together with on-location Brazil correspondent, Tim Vickery, to select the best XI from the stunning competition.

Robin Van Persie Hands Captains Armband and Medal to Dutch General

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Following Holland's 3-0 thumping of host nations Brazil in their third place play-oof Robin Van Persie was seeing handing his captains arm-band and third place medal to a fan who has been nicknamed the Dutch general having travelled around the World since 1994 watching his beloved Country which didn't go unnoticed by the Dutch captain!

Netherlands Captain Robin van Persie A Doubt For World Cup Semi-Final Against Argentina

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Netherlands captain Robin van Persie is a doubt for Wednesday's World Cup semi-final against Argentina after missing training due to stomach and intestinal issues.

During a press conference today, Dutch Head Coach Louis Van Gaal said that he decided not to risk Van Persie in training today after the striker complained of gastrointestinal issues.

Dutch Royal Mint Release New Limited Edition Robin Van Persie ‘Swan Dive’ Silver Coin

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By Chris Wright

While it's not nearly in the same league as Sweden's Zlatan stamps, the Dutch Royal Mint in Uhtrecht have produced a new limited-edition coin to commemorate Holland's impressive showing at the World Cup.

The coin features a silhouette of Robin van Persie mid-flight on his way to scoring his spectacular diving header against Spain in the group stages.

Robin Van Persie Enjoys Spot Of ‘No Look’ Beach Tennis With Patrick Kluivert (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Impressive shoreline-based skills abound as Robin van Persie and Patrick Kluivert unwind with a light spot of "no-look" beach tennis...

Paddy's in better shape now than he was in his Newcastle days!

World Cup Snapshot: Robin Van Persie Mans The Crèche While Holland Train In Rio…

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By Chris Wright

As the rest of the Dutch squad train on the pitch at theEstadio Jose Bastos Padilha in Rio, it looks like RVP was put on baby-sitting duty...

Holland training sure looks super fun!

"Say 'cheese'everybody!"

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30 schöne Tore der WM 2014

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Jetzt sind schon 2 Tage vergangen seit die WM in Brasilien vorbei ist. Der Rausch nach der Titelfeier sollte bei den Deutschen Spielern und Fans inzwischen überstanden sein, Gelegenheit nochmal ein paar schöne Szenen des Turniers zu genießen und was eignet sich da besser als Tore.

SBI Tuesday Rewind: Brazil’s humiliating ouster; Van Persie’s illness; Yedlin’s transfer options; and more

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

After losing their best player in Neymar, Brazil went into Tuesday's semifinal against Germany suddenly looking like an underdog. But they left looking like they had been swapped out for a look-alike reserve team as Germany pummeled them with goals.

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SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Robin van Persie

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By TATE STEINLAGE

It wasn't Holland's elusive first World Cup title, but a third-place finish in the 2014 World Cup will leave the "Flying Dutchman" gleaming with satisfaction.

After being heartbroken in penalties against Argentina in the semifinals, the Netherlands bounced back against Brazil in dominating fashion, routing the host country 3-0 at the beautiful Estádio Nacional de Brasília Mané Garrincha.

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Javier Mascherano

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By CARL SETTERLUND

Facing the likes of Arjen Robben, Robin Van Persie, and Wesley Sneijder in the World Cup semifinals, Argentina needed a special performance to keep those three away from goal.

While the back line was busy, Argentine midfielder Javier Mascherano stepped up to the task played brilliantly, marking Robben and Sneijder basically out of the game.

Holland – Replacing Clockwork Orange with Pragmatism

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Nine wins and one draw in the World Cup qualifiers, an attack speared by the topscorer in the European part of those qualifiers accompanied by one of the most unstoppable dribblers in the world and entering the tournament in Brazil as vice-World Champion.

However, the defence lacks recognised talent and in Kevin Strootman, Van Gaal's proposed midfield general, is absent through injury.

The Rest

BT Sport Pundit Owen Hargreaves Goes Out On Limb With List Of Players To Watch In 2014/15

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By Alan Duffy

Owen Hargreaves was a very fine, if injury-prone, footballer but his punditry skills are less Toni Kroos and more Tom Cleverley.

In an advert for BT Sport's coverage of the upcoming Premier League season, he picks Cesc Fabregas, Robin Van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Yaya Touré and Mesut Ozil as ones to watch.