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only Blind, Shaw and Smalling on the injured list
--Congratulations to Angel Di Maria, who has been named Argentina's foreign-based Player of the Year, ending Lionel Messi's eight-year run of winning the Olimpia de Plata award. Here's hoping the winger is close to a first-team return.-- manutd.com

i guess the british media haven't gotten wind or just dont care.
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Or perhaps you just didn't look hard enough :p

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2877939/Angel-Di-Maria-voted-Argentina-player-year-Manchester-United-winger-beats-Lionel-Messi-award.html

LVG won coach of the year in the Netherlands and Blind won Amsterdams sport person of the year (yes that is a real award).
i meant real press not tabloid garbage like daily fail and the mirror.
Well sorry Mr. Picky.
Roy Keane attempted to confront Tom Cleverly at his gated home regarding leaks to media. ... except "Cleverley couldn't figure out how to get to the door to answer, as it would have required him to go forward instead of sideways."

Haha
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Yeah heard about this as well, Keane wants to confront him.
R.I.P. Tom Cleverley
LOL apparently Keane waited 15mins at the gate of his house but Tom wasn't home. I like to think he was just hiding under the bed, anxiously asking his wife if he's gone.
Could someone explain what LVGs philosophy is? How does it prosper with time? How long do you think it would take for United to get back to the top and be self-sustaining without having to invest big time again?
his philosophy has many components, pretty much is a system or process that governs how he operates and how he expects staff and players to operate at all times. it takes time for everyone to understand and fall in line. he says usually takes 3 months to start seeing results on the pitch.

which top club is self-sustaining and does not invest in the transfer market?

the team will always need re-investment, but when you shirk on proper reinforcement like we did last summer (we only bought fellaini while other competitors spent tons), you will have to make it up at some point. also, because we are man utd, prices go up. lots of players have left or retired and they've yet to be replaced or are only just now starting to get replaced. some positions have just been neglected for years and years, and some players are just not good enough and need to be replaced.

i think we will have another summer of big spending, then the rest of the windows can be for tweaking. imo we still need 1-2 CBs, 1-2CMs and a pacy winger and/or natural fullback, and then get rid of some dead weight.
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He shall take 3 years.
Well, during SAFs time there were more from the academy coming in. But I guess you are right in that to compete, teams need to dig into their pockets. I wwould more like to see someone from the youth take up the responsibility. The next Beckham, scholes or giggs and set a trend that it is possible to achieve success, somewhat like in SAFs early years.
Since it's a lot to write down, here's a good article explaining the basics:

http://eplindex.com/57382/manchester-united-explaining-louis-van-gaals-football-philosophy.html

Now keep in mind this is mainly about the first team. A key thing for Van Gaal's philosophy to work is uniformity.

Van Gaal pushes youth teams to train and play the same way the first team plays.
That way when youth players make their debuts for the first team, they can play in a system they're comfortable in and accustomed to.

You only have to look as far as the previous clubs he's managed. Not only did he introduce new players like Seedorf, Davids, Kluivert, Iniesta, Badstuber, Alaba, Müller,.. he instilled a mentality in those clubs to invest in their youth and some are still reaping the benefits of it today, and so will we.

Also we've given almost double the amount of games to academy graduates than the second best club (Arsenal). http://i.imgur.com/XHpN24d.jpg

So honestly I don't know what you're talking about when you say we should give more youth a chance and become self sustaining.

Could you elaborate more on that? If you have any other questions, ask away.
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so far as i can tell, it involves an obsession with symmetry.
Cagliari is playing a 4 CB formation vs Juventus.
1-0 to juve after 3 minutes
Next time we play Liverpool I'm expecting something like this:

De Gea
Rafael - Jones - Smalling - Carrick - Evans - Rojo - Shaw
Mata - Rooney
RvP

Coutinho - Sturridge - Sterling - Lallana
Henderson - Lucas - Gerrard - Allen
Sakho - Skrtel
Jones
the funny thing is we could actually put out that side and still beat them.
Boom..
https://vine.co/v/OgXQ9i62Z9e

I miss Scholes.
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#Paul Scholes, he scores goaaaals#
I remember speaking to a football coach who told me he saw Pele play. He said what Pele and all the other greats have in common is something special. their football ability, he put it was way ahead of their time, so it doesnt matter if they played a 100 years ago or a hundred years from now they would still be able to do what they did. i bet we all notice that the best players of our generation have a different presence when they are on the ball and this is the same presence that the greats before them had.

Here folks is the 1968 champions league final. with legends like Coluna, Eusabio,torres, Augusto, Stiles, Stepney, Foulkes, Charlton and Best playing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f73ITVHf9xw
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also there are 2 different styles of football on show here.
for the very top players, there is very little difference between the old generation (pele, maradona) and today's generation (cr7, r9, messi)..

but for other players, on average, the players today are better than the players in the past due to improving genes over time, although very subtly (what's the term for that? good genes marry good genes create superior genes, leaving the bad genes aside, survival of the fittest kind of thing..., also with improving economy and technology, people are taking better nutritions, etc.)

that's why the world records in almost every sport always improve over time... and that's why people today are generally taller and bigger than people in the past...

so i think cleverley today is better than cleverley in 1960s
It has more to do with training methods and food, diet and rest, than genes. Evolution is a slow and messy progress it takes Thousands-million of years for changes to take place is species like humans and there's almost always some kind of ecological change that leads to the evolution. Football won't change anybodies genes. If Best, Charlton and Pele and co. where born today they may be better players but only because their bodies will be in better conditions due to better training, diet and lifestyle.
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On the topic of evolution we should say little on its effect for football without scientific study and analyzed data.Evolution can occur in one generation though.
To follow up on the Mata's comment below, this is a good read which explains somewhat my feeling that he will never be a sure starter under LVG if all players are fit, despite some stats and records saying otherwise: he has the best games per goal ratio of all time MU midfielders, excluding CR7, and the highest pass completion rate in the club this season.

http://eplindex.com/62763/impressive-square-peg-juan-mata-perfomance-analysis-liverpool.html

I don't think he will ever be as influential as his time at Chelsea but LVG will keep him for squad rotation if we get back in CL.
I agree that Mata will not be as influential as he was at Chelsea...Because he will never play at his best position with Rooney and Di Maria fit and playing.

He was heart and soul of our attack for 2 seasons and played under 4 different managers in his 2 seasons. He clicked very well with everyone expect Jose...I wish he had stayed for half a season more, because i'm sure he would have done well with Matic behind him...ohh i miss the MAZACAR :(
"And it makes me happy that he played and it will make me even happier if he can score.”- Juan Mata on Radamel Falcao


Yes Mata,make it happen,assist bomb him :P
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Am I wrong to say LVG has found they way to use Mata?
Its great to have Mata and Herrera, both are so cheerful, they always say nice things about others and cheer the fans and players up. Falcao must be frustrated about himself, he need supports from his mates like this to gain confidence.

The current system suits him quite well, but we're still yet to see the best of him, can't wait to see his best.
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Now that reminds me that time against Hull where Mata could have scored but laid it on a plate for Falcao.

His finish was too tame it was cleared off the line, unlucky tigre.
@karthik

what was the context of the statement? why did he say that?

i think everyone in the team is rooting for falcao to score, that's the reason mata passed the ball to him against hull...

right now i just hope he will regain 100% fitness and ready to play full 90 mins because basically he already has the support from everyone...
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idk maybe Mata was asked about Falcao's return back to the team
http://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/dec/17/radamel-falcao-uncertain-manchester-united-future
How can he make that big of a difference with 15 mins every game?

dont get me wrong Ive followed falcao and his finishing is off for sure but his striker's instinct is there and no one in the world (IMO) understands the box and how to move around it better than him. but if you saw him in atletico he needed time to roughen up the defense abit and know where the defender likes to go and when the defender will tackle or push. I think you guys have a top striker and hope he finds his footing but I belive as soon as he starts scoring he wont stop...and LVG has some tough decisions to make.
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He was unfit to start games up till now and I think he'll start vs Villa.
You can't blame LvG for using him ad a sub as he's constantly injured. Some people make it sound like LvG enjoys benching Falcao for no reason, which is absurd.
He's worked on his fitness and I think he should be starting against Villa
Lovren (2013-14/ 2014-15)
Apps: 30/15
Errors leading to goals: 1/2
Errors leading to shots: 1/7

price: 20 mln pounds

priceless
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He was one of the best defenders in the league last season.I can't quiet believe how bad he has turned out to be this season.

Well,I hope this form of his continues and Liverpool crumbles even more after all the slack they gave us last season.Time for payback LOL
You know what they say "payback's a bitch!" Lol.
I have no idea what happened to Lovren, I was a big fan of his last season. He has been pretty awful so far this season
I forgot who mentioned it, but they made an excellent point that Lovren's brilliance last season could be pinned on the fact that he had an amazing CDM in Schniderlin in front of him.

Obviously doesn't account for his massive dip in form, but I thought it was a noteworthy point


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