Louis van Gaal Rips Jose Mourinho’s United as “Far More Boring”

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Louis van Gaal was often derided for being overly pragmatic during his time managing Manchester United, with many observers often labeling his brand of football as “boring.”

The Dutchman applied the very same label to his successor at United, current boss Jose Mourinho, a man who’s become synonymous with the phrase “parking the bus.” Van Gaal maintains that he actually played attacking football at Old Trafford, did quite well with it, and that the team is regressing now under his replacement.

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FA Questioning Manchester United, City Over Massive Post Derby Brawl

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The Football Association is looking into the massive post Manchester Derby brawl that some reports claim involved 20 people in total. The post match Old Trafford tunnel melee made massive international news as people still speculate on what really happened there.

Depending on the response that the FA receives from Manchester United and Manchester City, they may turn their inquest into an investigation. ESPN FC writes that the FA:

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Arsenal FC Receive Very Favorable UEFA Europa League Round of 32 Draw

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Arsenal FC received their UEFA Europa League draw on Monday and it’s Ostersund FK, a Swedish side who play in play in Allsvenskan, Sweden’s first tier. They achieved promotion to the top flight only in 2016, and they were way down in Sweden’s fourth tier as recently as six years ago.

It would be fair to classify them as “minnows” and thus a very favorable draw for the Gunners. If Arsenal are to get back into the Champions League next season, winning Europa League might be their best route, a la Manchester United last season.

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Chelsea vs Barcelona, Real Madrid vs PSG Headline UCL Round of 16

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It’s quite safe to say that UEFA truly got it right with the round of 16 pairings today. The Champions League knockout round draw was held on Monday two massive headliner draws here- Chelsea vs Barcelona and Real Madrid taking on Paris Saint-Germain.

The two time defending European champions will take on the French side which is establishing themselves as the most aggressive, big money spending club when it comes to acquiring new players.

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Man United Draw Sevilla, Liverpool Get Porto in UCL Knockout Round

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England set a record by sending five different teams through to the UEFA Champions League knockout round. Four of the five went in as group winners, with Chelsea the only side finishing second, and that was by a single point on tie-breakers. Chances for the British clubs to advance even further in Europe are quite high, as a few of them drew some favorable match-ups on Monday.

The Guardian did a power rankings for the knockout round clubs, and England’s representation came in very favorable on their list.

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Sergio Romero Being Heavily Linked with Potential Move to Arsenal

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There are juicy transfer rumors, and then there are juicy transfer rumors involving two clubs in the Premier League’s big six. Sergio Romero, back-up goalkeeper at Manchester United, is being heavily linked with a move to Arsenal FC today. Romero reportedly wants out in order to gain more playing time and prove himself in time to gain a spot on Argentina’s World Cup squad.

If that’s the case, then there’s little time remaining, and his move would have to be in January. Sergio Romero established himself as United’s UEFA Europa League #1 last season, and that worked out well for all involved as the Red Devils won their first Europa League title in club history and with it a return to the UEFA Champions League.

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The Ultimate Sports Fan Christmas Gift Guide

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You are probably well into your holiday shopping by now. Since the economic crisis, most of us have been starting much earlier. Fewer people leave their shopping to the last minute as it’s simply cheaper and less stressful to get it out of the way so you can enjoy the holidays without worrying that there is still so much to do.

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Locations Around The World For a Sports Vacation

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If you’re into travel and sport, then you’re not alone. Sports tourism is a big thing, bringing different people to all different parts of the world to experience their favorite sports events or try it out for themselves. So if you’re looking to plan a vacation next year, then why not check out some of these top destinations that can be a great way to combine a love of travel and a love of sports. Have you been to any of them before?

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Romelu Lukaku Skewered on Social Media After Dismal Derby Showing

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Stop us if you have heard this one before- Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku was a total no show in a huge game against an elite opponent. The Manchester Derby was probably as big as it has ever been in Sunday’s edition, and like any massive tilt, you had your share of heroes and goats.

Ederson and David Silva on the side of the victorious visitors, Ander Herrera and Marcus Rashford for the vanquished hosts. Then you had some flops too- with Romelu Lukaku being the name at the top of the list.

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Jose Mourinho, Ederson Involved in Massive Post Manchester Derby Brawl

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson were both involved in a massive post derby brawl that led to the intervention of security staff. It was a Manchester Derby of such high magnitude that apparently emotions spilled over into well after the final whistle.

Reports indicate that the melee erupted in the tunnel outside the visitor dressing room at Old Trafford following City’s dominating 2-1 win over the hosts. Including players, coaches and staff from both sides, it’s being reported that about 20 people in total were in the mix.

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Manchester Derby News: Lukaku, Guardiola, Jesus

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Manchester City emerged victorious at Manchester United 2-1 today in a match that may have effectively sealed the Premier League title race. It was a Manchester Derby that possessed as much hype as any edition ever. The game itself was extremely entertaining, but probably not as close as the final scoreline might show.

City kind of dominated this one most of the way. That said, let’s take a look at some of the Manchester Derby news topics which are trending right now. Go here for the link to the first edition of Manchester Derby news and notes.

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Manchester Derby News: Herrera, Ederson, Rashford, Silva

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Manchester City now essentially have one hand on the Premier League trophy has they emerged victorious, 2-1, at Old Trafford today in a highly anticipated Manchester Derby that was shown in close to 200 countries worldwide. City are now 11 points clear of second place United, and they have now won 15/16 league fixtures this season.

Given their current form and the aforementioned gap, the title race is probably over. Let’s take a look at some of the Manchester Derby news items now trending in the wake of this monumental contest.

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