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TACTICAL THOUGHTS: OVERCOMING THE LOW BLOCK

After three successive defeats, each without scoring, it is clear that a pattern is emerging. In all three games United have had the majority of ...
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TACTICAL THOUGHTS: ALTERNATIVE TRANSFER TARGETS PART 2 – MIDFIELD AND ATTACK

In Part 1, we have considered transfer targets for the defence identifying the need for a right-back and a centre-back. Now we look at other area...
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TACTICAL THOUGHTS: ALTERNATIVE TRANSFER TARGETS PART 1 – DEFENCE

We’ve now entered the month of May where United fans are used to celebrate trophies the club has won. Of course, that hasn’t been the case in the...
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TACTICAL THOUGHTS: WAYNE ROONEY, PURE NO. 9

There have been many reasons for Manchester United's improved form over the last month and one of the reasons that have been put forward more tha...
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TACTICAL THOUGHTS: AN ACQUIRED NEW BALANCE

In recent weeks United have rediscovered their attacking prowess and we are now once again exciting to watch, hooray! As we are also winning thes...
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TACTICAL THOUGHTS: AN INTERVIEW WITH DANNY HIGGINBOTHAM

Danny Higginbotham is a familiar face to United Fans. As a former youth player he made 7 first team appearances between 1997 and 2000 as a full b...
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TACTICAL THOUGHTS: MICHAEL CARRICK – AN ALTERNATIVE ROLE?

Since the New Year there have been lots of discussions about Manchester United’s style of play and Louis Van Gaal’s tactics. Both results and per...
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TACTICAL THOUGHTS: THE SEASON SO FAR – PART 3: MIDFIELD BALANCE

Van Gaal has talked a lot about the balance of the side in press conferences recently and these statements allude to the balance between attack a...
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TACTICAL THOUGHTS: JUAN MATA – IMPRESSING IN DIFFERENT ROLES AND POSITIONS

When Juan Mata joined Manchester United in January, expectations were very high on the Spaniard, and rightly so. After all, one of the best playe...
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TACTICAL THOUGHTS: FLEXIBILITY AND ALTERNATIVE POSITIONS

There are many examples of new managers assessing players inherited from a previous regime and asking them to fulfil an alternative role or in fa...
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