Saturday cover: Manchester United get feeling all right on Friday night

The National's Sport cover for the Saturday, August 15 issue, featuring Adnan Januzaj and Manchester United as they topped Aston Villa 1-0 in a Friday night Premier League contest.

The National’s Sport cover for the Saturday, August 15 issue, featuring Adnan Januzaj and Manchester United as they topped Aston Villa 1-0 in a Friday night Premier League contest.

Analysing the outcome, Richard Jolly writes Louis van Gaal’s tinkering has turned for the better in the opening stages of the campaign:

“Twice in as many days, the Manchester United manager confounded expectations.

“On the first occasion, many felt he was wrong. On the second, Van Gaal’s decision carried the implication that he had concluded he had made an error, yet, even when he was wrong, he was proved right.” “United now top the Premier League for the first time in his tenure, but that is aided by a quirk of the fixture list and their position is more impressive than their performances.

“Bold as Van Gaal’s thinking is, his side have produced precious little evidence of a master plan. Rather the 64-year-old Dutchman is relying on his tweaks to work, as they did at Villa Park.

“Van Gaal’s great gamble has yet to backfire, but his every move is assuming an importance.”

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Published: August 15, 2015 04:00 AM

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