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.
Last season, Swansea proved to be a startlingly brisk team struggling to transcend the crowded middle of the Premier League table. Led by the sure feet of Wilfried Bony and Michu, the Swans consistently proved to be anything but the pushovers one expected they might have been. Manchester United, on the other hand, was the exact opposite.
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.
Ryan Giggs has compared new Manchester United manager, Louis Van Gaal, to Sir Alex Ferguson, claiming both men have a special aura about them and both understand what it takes to make a team successful.
Van Gaal has only been in charge for nine days but that didn't prevent him from getting his United career off to a flying start as the Reds trounced Los Angeles Galaxy 7-0 in their first pre-season friendly on Thursday, and Giggs believes what he's seen of the Dutchman so far has a lot in common with what he experienced during the 23 yearshe played under Fergie.
The close season is, more than anything else, a time of change. Players and mangers come and go, club goals are reassessed and expectations molded. Similar to this summer, the corresponding months of 2006 also featured a World Cup, followed by its annual transfer merry-go-round.
That summer also featured change and uncertainty at one of the world's biggest clubs, Manchester United.
Luke Shaw cost Manchester United £30m Is he worth it? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Is Luke Shaw, Manchester United's new recruit at left-back, realistically worth the £30 million price tag the club paid for him? We're about to assess just that. Tipped as the best teenage left-back in the world, Shaw has certainly amassed a large fan base over the last year or two.
Former Manchester United striker slams Sir Alex Ferguson - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Former Manchester United striker Louis Saha believes the Red Devils made a big mistake in allowing Paul Pogba leave Old Trafford.
Just before the summer of the 2012, the midfielder decided to end his career in England as he felt disrespected and frustrated after United's legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson chose to snub him in giving a place in the Red Devils' starting lineup.
Manchester United: Louis van Gaal Has To Deliver On Summer Transfer Plans - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Louis van Gaal will not be afforded a honeymoon period and has been told that he has to deliver on the clubs summer transfer plans. With rumours and counter rumours dominating the media this is a frustrating time to be a Manchester United fan.
Today is a fantastic day for Manchester United. Louis van Gaal is a great appointment and let me begin by telling you how delighted I am to be working with someone of his calibre. His credentials are second to none and I'm positive the club will thrive under his leadership over the coming years.
I would also like to take this opportunity to announce my retirement from professional football and embark upon a new and exciting chapter in my life, as assistant manager of Manchester United.
Once he's finally announced as David Moyes' replacement, Louis Van Gaal will keep players at Manchester United on a very tight leash, according to Dutch football expert Marcel Van der Kraan.
Van Gaal should be formally unveiled as United's new manager this week but his reputation for demanding total control over his players and for being strict and hardworking almost to the point of being obsessed have preceded him to Britain and might spell news for some of the players who have been stealing a living at the club.
Having been steamrolled out of the way by a rampant Manchester United last season who wrestled the trophy back out ofManchester City's hands, the Citizens must have known they had an opportunity to win it back this season with Sir Alex Ferguson gone. Last spring, the City executives acknowledged immediate changes were required at the club.
When the news broke on June 11th 2009 that Manchester United had accepted a world record offer for Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid, there was a feeling of great sadness amongst United fans, despite the clear inevitability of it all.
It was the end of what had been a glorious chapter for the club and Sir Alex, who had signed this skinny little teenager from Sporting Lisbon six years previously.
David Moyes: Portrait of a Scapegoat - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
When the news was confirmed early on Tuesday morning that Manchester United boss David Moyes had been sacked, it sadly came as no surprise as the writing had been on the wall for a while. The champions had 27 fewer points than they did after 35 games last season.
On Monday, it'll be a year since Sir Alex Ferguson took charge of his last ever game at Old Trafford but the way things have unfolded this season one'd be forgiven for thinking that 10 years have passed by since that rainy May afternoon. United's catastrophic season simply refuses to end, the feel good factor generated by David Moyes' sacking and Ryan Giggs' first game in charge evaporated in less than a week, as United were their usual inept selves on Saturday.