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Manchester United - The Dutch Revolution

Started on 25 July 2014 by Josh_MU
Latest Reply on 21 September 2014 by Josh_MU
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Excellent results Josh, again!
Another couple of excellent updates too, they are so consistently well laid out and great to read :)
@TAT: Exactly! Thanks for the comment!

@Neal: Oh wow thank you so much Neal! Very motivating comment, especially coming from a FMScout legend like yourself! I'm glad you are enjoying the story! :-)

@Joshie: Haha thank you very much Joshie!<3
This story is so good Josh, just read it all. So well written and so detialed!

PS: You said 11 stories was a lot, try 43!
Very nais update, a mix of what all the others said :P Get some moneyyy for him!
@Joe: Thank you very much Joe! :-)

@Walt: Tyyyyyyy Walt! :D

Van Gaal: "There will be more departures in the next transfer window".

Louis van Gaal has exclusively told MUTV that there will be 'more departures in the next transfer window', putting uncertainty over the future of three players.

The Dutch manager is not afraid to make huge decisions, and speaking exclusively to MUTV, he stated that more players will depart in the January transfer window, with Javier Hernandez, Shinji Kagawa and Anders Lindegaard being the most likely options to leave in the next few months due to the lack of playing time given to them.

van Gaal did not state any names, but many journalists believe that Hernandez, Kagawa and Lindegaard will be shown the door after a disappointing start to the season for them, leaving them frustrated and angered as they have not been given a lot of playing time and they all have a combined wage total of £190,000 a week, which gives van Gaal and even bigger reason to get rid of them so he can invest the money elsewhere.

Hernandez has already given more evidence that he may be leaving Manchester after saying his farewells to Twitter to three of his team-mates, being David de Gea, Juan Mata and new signing Ander Herrera which earnt over 5,000 retweets and became a trending topic on Twitter for two days. Hernandez has more of a reason to leave after his reduced playing time has affected his international career, being left out of Mexico's three friendly matches which has left him 'frustrated and upset'
He was asked by Mexican journalists about these rumours, with the forward replying the following;

"No voy a responder a esta pregunta ya que mi respuesta podría meterme en problemas, así que por lo tanto, no voy a estar comentando sobre esto, lo siento."

[TRANSLATED] "I will not answer this question as my answer may get me in trouble, so therefore I will not be commenting on this, sorry."

(Left to right)Javier Hernandez, Shinji Kagawa and Anders Lindegaard are the odds-on favourites to depart from Old Trafford this January."

Japanese international Shinji Kagawa made his dream move to Old Trafford in 2012, but has failed to make a big impact in his two years in England, with his ability being limited last season under David Moyes as the attacking playmaker was forced to play on the wings which he struggled to adapt to making many poor performances over the course of the season.

Although Kagawa has a lot of potential, van Gaal seems to focus his attention more on Adnan Januzaj after he was one of United's 'shining stars' last season, pushing Kagawa out of the team as van Gaal wants to make Januzaj 'one of the best playmakers in the next 5 years'. Kagawa has not commented on these rumours as of yet, putting even more doubt on his future at the club.

However, his former club, Borussia Dortmund are apparently interested in resigning Kagawa after Mario Gotze left for Bayern last season, with the German club needing a number 10 to play behind the striker, with Mats Hummels apparently moving to Old Trafford as part of the deal, however this is just speculation and we expect a formal comment to be made from Dortmund in the coming days.

Hummels could be part of the deal that brings Kagawa back to Borussia Dortmund, but the German defender seems very happy to be at Dortmund.

And finally Danish goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard's move away from Old Trafford is almost certain as he told Danish reporters that he plans to leave the club 'this season or next' after van Gaal has not even included the experienced keeper on the bench as Sam Johnstone has been drafted onto the bench to be David de Gea's back-up.

Lindegaard joined Manchester United in 2010 but has only made 19 full appearances in his 4 years at the club, giving him an even bigger reason to leave the Manchester based club who are aiming to regain their Champions League status after finishing 7th last season under former Everton manager David Moyes, who was sacked a month before the end of the season.

Although the departure of these three players is just speculation, it looks very likely that they will leave this January to maybe pave the way for new faces to join Louis van Gaal at Manchester United, but also bring in much needed income from the sales of these players to invest in better things for the club.
Superb update, great detail. It'll be interesting to see where these players end up.
Loving the detail in this story so far mate brilliant writing! Keep it up :)
I love how Chicharito looks really small, then Kagawa bigger, and then Lindegaard massive in that little trio of pictures that you have :))

In all seriousness...don't sell Shinji! D:
@Walt: Thank you very much! Lots of clubs are interested in them, that's for sure.

@K1rups: Thanks a lot! :-)

@Neal: Ahahaha, I didn't notice that xD. Shinji wants to leave Neal, and quite frankly, he's not been good enough to force Mata or Januzaj out of the team.

It's rather late but I just want to thank you all for the amazing support you've showed on this story! It's my first major landmark and I can't thank you enough!
Loving the story but disapointed with your good results as a Chelsea fan XD
2014-08-27 11:06#192109 the champi0n fm : Loving the story but disapointed with your good results as a Chelsea fan XD
Haha thanks!
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8 yearsEdited

October Report

Heading into the month of Halloween, Louis van Gaal's reds were sat top of the league with 16 points, with rivals Manchester City just behind them with 15 points. The month ahead will see United face the challenge of QPR, West Ham and Sunderland in the league, with a Capital One Cup tie with Stoke also to play. You would expect a winning month from The Red Devils.

QPR vs Man United

With QPR returning back into the Premier League under the guidance of former Spurs manager Harry Redknapp, QPR looked much better than they were two seasons ago, but United were too strong for the R's to get anything out of the game. van Gaal's men dominated the opening 20 minutes and took the lead as Juan Mata found himself through on goal after Steven Caulker made a huge mistake and the Spanish international calmly slotted the ball past Rob Green and into the back of the net. The tempo of the game was dictated by United for the remainder of the first half. The only other goal of the game came early in the second half as Mata whipped in a delightful corner which Jonny Evans made full contact with and the ball sailed past Green to make it 2-0 and give United all three points heading back to Manchester.

Man United vs West Ham

After returning from London, United faced the challenge of West Ham who have really changed their squad since last season. The game was evenly contested as West Ham played very deep and made it hard for the attacking trio of Mata, Rooney and Welbeck to break through the back lines. Rooney came close as his free-kick smashed off the crossbar as the teams headed into half time with the scores level at 0-0. Again, West Ham kept the same strategy and it took until the 80th minute for United to get the goal they were craving as Pogba was fouled 30 yards from goal giving United a free-kick in a very good position for the left foot of Juan Mata. The Spaniard swung in the ball and Jonny Evans got his second goal in two games as he headed past Adrian. However, the game took a turn for a worse as both Mata and Shaw were both taken down in a collision with 3 West Ham defenders leaving United with only 9 players for the remainder of the game.

Man United vs Sunderland

In the final league game of the month, Sunderland travelled to The Theatre of Dreams but the class of Wayne Rooney was too much for Gus Poyet's side to handle. They were immediately on the back foot after just 30 seconds as Rooney was automatically played through on goal by Mata and the forward rounded Ustari and passed the ball into the bottom corner of the goal. Rooney's goal gave United the drive needed to take control of games so early on, giving Sunderland little to no possession on the ball which led to needless fouls from Poyet's experienced side. Rooney got his second just ten minutes later after punishing Ben Watson's mistake as the former Wigan midfielder lost possession allowing Rooney to run at the defence which he easily bypassed and struck the ball with so much power that Ustari jut couldn't get enough on the ball to save it giving Rooney his brace just 20 minutes in. United had many more chances both in the remainder of the first half and the second half but they failed to take them for the game to finish at 2-0.

Stoke vs Man United

United's final game of the month saw them travel to Stoke in horrendous conditions for the Capital One Cup 4th Round. It was a horrible game with little to no chances throughout both the first and second half. The only main talking point in the first half was when Wayne Rooney was taken down in the box which should have been a penalty, but the referee Mike Dean didn't point to the penalty spot. United had the biggest chance of the game which saw Mata's heavily deflected shot by Brek Shea fool Begovic and roll into the back of the net. A very boring 4th round which saw United and Louis van Gaal head into the next round to keep the cup dream alive.

League Table

At the end of October, United are top of the league with 25 points, 4 ahead of rivals Manchester City. van Gaal's men are still undefeated, which earnt the Dutch manager a special honour which you will see below. Although the league has only really just begun, United are looking like strong contenders for regaining the title at the end of the season.

Manager of the Month

In his third full month a the club, Louis van Gaal was given the Manager of the Month award for October after his team's impressive winning streak this month. The Dutch manager narrowly beat Manuel Pellegrini to the award which both the players and fans of Manchester United are overjoyed that the new boss has been rewarded for his great start at the club. The boss said the following about receiving this honour:

"I am of course very happy to have been given this award but you should be congratulating my team as they were the ones who earnt this. I am pleased with the progress not just over this month, but the previous two and I hope that we can continue our good form for the remainder of the season."
Great month and congrats on the MotM award, but considering the opponents, I would have expected nothing less ;)

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