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Can United with the League with van Gaal?

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4 years ago by Ballsy Banter in Sports > Soccer

After an excellent pre-season, with the Red Devils coming home from the US not only International Cup of Champions winners, but unbeaten in the entire tournament, there is a renewed sense of optimism circling around Old Trafford. With van Gaal's new methods seemingly going down well with the United squad, and the Dutchman's impressive Netherlands side finishing third in the World Cup, could 2014/15 finally be the season that the Red Half of Manchester catches up with its rivals?

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JoeKingley

LOL, "finally".

4 years ago by JoeKingley

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apathiara

I'd be thrilled with third or fourth, to be honest. A good cup run would be nice too. I resent the use of the word "finally", by the way - we won the title last year, you know.

4 years ago by apathiara

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Ballsy Banter

Only because we - that is to say, City - let you!

4 years ago by Ballsy Banter

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apathiara

I could argue that United let you two years ago too!

4 years ago by apathiara

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Rian

Top4 with a decent cup run would be a great season. Feel that his main priority would be CL football, and blooding in the players to his system/philosophy. Could see some youth players getting a crack at 1st team football. Although he'll try to mount a challenge, I doubt United have the quality to do it - bar Rooney turning into a god

4 years ago by Rian

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Ballsy Banter

How long is van Persie out for? Until the first derby I hope. Would James Wilson get a game do you think, or is he crazy young?

4 years ago by Ballsy Banter

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Rian

James will most probably get a few games imo. He's a bit young, but looks deeecent. RVP is only out due to his fitness I believe.

4 years ago by Rian

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Penner

Yea i dare say so. Handing city their ass at Ewen Fields was more than they bargained for. He's only what? 18/19?

4 years ago by Penner

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Mitchell Hill

Did you mean 'win the League' or 'with the League'? Yes it's possible. I think the League is going to be tougher than expected. Shining in a US tour is all fine and fancy, but we all know that that was easy pickings compared to what is to come.

4 years ago by Mitchell Hill

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Ballsy Banter

Haha, I do apologise - I meant 'win the league' of course! And it's an important point Mitchell, the Premier League is notoriously grueling and difficult.

4 years ago by Ballsy Banter

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Rahul  N.

Personally, I can't wait to hear who the choice of captain is going to be. I say it's going to be Fletcher but Rooney.

4 years ago by Rahul N.

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M.  Hughes

This point was brought up in another topic, but what do you make of the degree of scrutiny through video surveillance? There has to be a point where the trust between the manager and the team is affected if even facial expressions and signs of fatigue are analysed to determine who can stay and who can go. This may all contribute to players working even harder, but resentment and distrust will also grow, which in the culture of the squad is a deadly thing.

4 years ago by M. Hughes

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Ballsy Banter

Technology seems to be increasingly important in every aspect of sport. Video surveillance will give teams benefits, that's for sure, but the question is will those benefits outweigh the risk of squad unhappiness and player dissatisfaction? If it brings results (i.e. dropping a player who is under-performing) then yes, it will be considered worth it; if not, it won't.

4 years ago by Ballsy Banter

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Frisbee

I am upbeat. Rooney, Persey, Blackett & Shaw are all cutting edge. All they need is a very solid central defender at the moment.

4 years ago by Frisbee

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Rian

Blackett? Really? Can't see that, he doesn't look good enough. Maybe he can improve, but Keane is miles ahead of him. Shaw needs to step up too. Rooney has a lot to prove. RVP needs to show he's still at the top of his game, he's been on a decline recently.

4 years ago by Rian

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Mitchell Hill

Van Persie has had his share of injuries. Plus the guy is 30 or 31. If he's in decline like everyone says he is, he could still plateau for 2-3 years if he really works. He could even recover some of that killer dribble & shoot. I do miss those days :/

4 years ago by Mitchell Hill

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Rian

Yeah most definitely RVP still has lots to offer, no doubt. But he'll need to improve this season.

4 years ago by Rian

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