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TACTICAL THOUGHTS: THE SEASON SO FAR – PART 2: ONGOING DEFENSIVE PROBLEMS

We refer to our defensive problems as ongoing because they have been a consistent issue to date whatever defensive system United have employed th...
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TACTICAL THOUGHTS: THE SEASON SO FAR – PART 1: AN OVERVIEW

Another international break, the third of the season so far provided another break in the club season and an opportunity after eleven league game...
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TACTICAL THOUGHTS: A LOOK AT ANDER HERRERA AND HIS POSITIVE START AT UNITED

In late June, Manchester United announced the signing of Ander Herrera. The Basque midfielder joined from Athletic Club in Bilbao for a fee in th...
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TACTICAL THOUGHTS: DEFENSIVE CAPITULATIONS

When United went 3-1 up, how many people thought the game was done and dusted? I did and as Louis van Gaal mentioned in his post-match comments, ...
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TACTICAL THOUGHTS: PHILOSOPHY OR STRATEGY

“People criticised me because I played with three at the back, but those criticisms were really ridiculous; what we did was fill the zones on the...
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TACTICAL THOUGHTS: ANGEL DI MARIA

Di María arrived to Manchester United with a large price tag, and the public wondering where he could fit into Louis van Gaal’s vision. I even he...
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TACTICAL THOUGHTS: LOUIS VAN GAAL – PART 2

In Part 1 we considered van Gaal’s usual general tactical approach.  Now we take a closer look at what 4-3-3 means to him. Under Sir Alex and ...
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TACTICAL THOUGHTS: LOUIS VAN GAAL – PART 1

So Louis van Gaal it is then. This should be fun. Since van Gaal’s appointment, United fans have been debating what they can expect. There has...
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TACTICAL THOUGHTS: VAN GAAL AT THE WORLD CUP: PART 3 – THE 3RD/4TH PLACE PLAY-OFF

After the disappointment of elimination in a semi-final, the 3rd/4th Place play-off game is generally an unwanted consolation. Whilst Holland cou...
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TACTICAL THOUGHTS: VAN GAAL AT THE WORLD CUP: PART 2 – THE KNOCKOUT ROUNDS

Holland finished the Group Stage of the World Cup as the tournament’s top scorers, in spite of the fact that their game was essentially based on ...
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