Manchester United

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Star man David de Gea

An­thony Mar­tial has had an ex­cel­lent de­but sea­son but it is with good rea­son that De Gea was named United’s player of the year for the third sea­son run­ning. It does not bear think­ing about where the club would be had the goal­keeper’s pro­posed trans­fer to Real Madrid not col­lapsed.

What went right

Cling­ing on to De Gea was cru­cial and United have signed a star in the mak­ing in Mar­tial, al­though one would hope so given the pro­jected £61.1 mil­lion they paid Monaco for the France striker. Mar­cus Rash­ford’s emer­gence, al­beit by ac­ci­dent rather than de­sign, has been an­other big bonus.

What went wrong?

More failed sign­ings, anaemic, risk averse foot­ball that be­trays their tra­di­tions, a lack of cut­ting edge, too many meek play­ers, the bro­ken leg suf­fered by Luke Shaw, an em­bar­rass­ing early exit from the Cham­pi­ons League and re­gres­sion on the pitch. That enough?

Lame duck Louis van Gaal

The fans have wanted the man­ager out for months, the play­ers have sel­dom taken to his meth­ods, re­sults have been dis­mal and the brand of foot­ball even worse, bar the odd flash. When United do win, they look like a side win­ning de­spite their man­ager, not be­cause of him.

What’s the ver­dict on Louis van Gaal?

United are likely to wait un­til af­ter the FA Cup fi­nal against Crys­tal Palace at Wem­b­ley on Satur­day be­fore mak­ing a fi­nal de­ci­sion on Van Gaal’s fu­ture. United have an agree­ment in prin­ci­ple with Jose Mour­inho, but noth­ing has been signed.

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