Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal cut a disappointed figure following his team’s surprising 3-0 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday, making it two defeats in a row for the Red Devils. The 20-time champions, who had won six on the trot prior to last week’s 1-0 defeat to league leaders Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, failed to make too many chances despite enjoying 65 percent possession. Not only did Van Gaal’s side lack the cutting edge in the final third, they also lacked intensity – something the Dutchman admitted. “Everton had more aggression and motivation than us and that is the first time I have seen that this year, so I was very disappointed by half-time,” van Gaal told MUTV. “We could not restore [the scores] because Everton defended very well and played on the counter attack. Then it is always difficult.” The 63-year-old was forced to take Marouane Fellaini out of the match at half-time as the Belgian […]

TheHardTackle's Guest Author Uanhoro James walks through the squads of the Northern teams in the English Premier League - Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool. In Part 1 of his piece, he studies the defending champions.