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Time for a Director of Football at Manchester United?

November 12, 2014 by Philip

Does Louis Van Gaal Need a Sporting Director?
There are times in everyone's life when in the midst of revelry with someone we love, a sobering thought intrudes in our mind that this won't last forever, the Germans call it a Hintergendanken. If you're a Manchester United fan you'll know exactly what I'm talking about. It occasionally sprung to mind during the Sir Alex Ferguson years, an uncomfortable thought and with Zen discipline the thought was quickly banished for another day. When that day finally came 16 months ago, most United fans expected a difficult transition but nobody expected this.

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Last Chance Saloon For SuperMario

August 23, 2014 by Anto Bianco

Last Chance Saloon For SuperMario
Yesterday's weirdness is tomorrow's reason why. That has always been a sidebar feature to Mario Balotelli as he slips away and moves on to his next adventure in football - in this instance, off to Liverpool Football Club, where it seems his quest for just the right set of circumstances or the right coach to harness his profuse talent, or even perhaps the right environment in which he can finally demonstrate what exactly is so special about him. More than anything else, however, there is a question as to whether we're talking of the player or the brand that appears more at times built to insulate him from the very self-examination that is way past overdue.

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Woodward Staring Down the Barrel

August 18, 2014 by Philip

Louis van Gaal
As the whistle blew at Old Trafford on Saturday to signal the end of the first game of the season, it also served as a reminder to Utd fans, Louis van Gaal or not, any renascent to the summit is far from guaranteed.

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