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John Brewin profile picture  By John Brewin

Van Gaal code proving difficult to break for Manchester United players

ESPN FC's Craig Burley thinks this poor display from the Red Devils is a sign that tough times are on the way.
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says questions over his formations are misplaced, and playing 4-4-2 fails to give his team the right balance.
Manchester United striker Robin van Persie says it is vital for the club to win the FA Cup, which represents their best chance of silverware this season.

When Louis van Gaal receives questions from the media, he usually greets them with a pause, perhaps a nod of acknowledgement, and for testing queries a simple "yes," before delivering his answer in a schoolmasterly but occasionally wild-eyed fashion.

Van Gaal, who is deaf in one ear according to his biographer Hugo Borst, has not taken extra English lessons since arriving at Manchester United. His self-assurance is such that he believes he does not need to, yet cracking "the Van Gaal code" is proving...

 By Musa Okwonga

Angel Di Maria is struggling at Manchester United, and here's why

ESPN FC's Craig Burley reckons Manchester United are struggling under Louis van Gaal.

What has happened to Angel Di Maria while at Manchester United? He arrived at Old Trafford for the sum of almost 60 million pounds, a British transfer record, and in excellent form.

Playing his early games at a thrilling tempo, he was central to everything exciting that United did. His peak in those early days came in the first half against Leicester, a game that his team would remarkably go on to lose 5-3, but his sumptuous lob to make it 2-0 gives fans a good memory from an otherwise terrible...

 By PA Sport

'Anything can happen,' says Louis van Gaal on David de Gea's possible move

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is not expecting to make any signings in the January transfer window.

Louis van Gaal has reiterated his desire to keep David de Gea but admits he cannot rule out the possibility of the goalkeeper leaving Manchester United.

De Gea, who won the club's player of the year award last year, has been outstanding again this term, rescuing United on a number of occasions.

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Real Madrid are said to be keen on recruiting the Spaniard to replace Iker Casillas, who is entering the final years of his career.

De Gea has 18 months left on his contract but Van Gaal would not reveal...

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Louis van Gaal's Manchester United not the same since Leicester loss

ESPN FC's Craig Burley reckons Manchester United are facing troubled times following their abject 0-0 draw away at League Two Cambridge.

Leicester's Jamie Vardy has a lot to answer for. In September, Angel Di Maria put Manchester United ahead 2-0 with a stunning lob and all looked right with the world.

Fast-forward an hour later and Vardy, a thorn in United's side that day but who has done nothing since, put Leicester ahead 5-3 and Louis van Gaal has not been the same since.

Prior to the Leicester debacle, Van Gaal's new signings Di Maria and Ander Herrera scored in a 4-0 thumping over QPR while Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo impressed...

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Manchester City and Manchester United to move for Real Madrid's Pepe

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti delves deeper into the latest transfer rumours, including Andre Schurrle's potential move back to Germany and Mattia Destro's loan move to AC Milan.

The winter window is still open, and that means the LIVE transfer blog swings back into action. Find out the latest news, gossip and deals here.

TOP STORY: City may pip United to Pepe

With Real Madrid defensive trio Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane and Pepe all facing relatively uncertain futures, the Daily Express has picked up on reports in Spain that the 31-year-old Portuguese centre-back is a target for both Manchester City and Manchester United.

Premier League champions City are reportedly...