Manchester Utd 1 Spurs 0

Louis Van Gaal

Man­chester Uni­ted 1 Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur 0, Old Traf­ford, Eng­lish Pre­mier Lea­gue, Au­gust 8, 2015. Man­chester Uni­ted boss Louis van Gaal cel­eb­rated his 64th birth­day wi­th a 1-0 Pre­mier Lea­gue win over Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur on the open­ing day of the 2015-16 season. 

The Man­chester Uni­ted Fir­st Te­am Squad for the new cam­paign in­cluded Da­vid de Gea, Phil Jones, Mar­cos Rojo, Jon­athan Evans, Mem­ph­is De­pay, Ju­an Ma­ta, Way­ne Roo­ney, Ad­nan Janu­zaj, Chris Small­ing, An­ders Linde­gaard, Javi­er Her­nandez, Mi­chael Car­rick, Da­ley Bli­nd, Ash­ley Young, Ja­mes Ant­ony Wil­son, Ser­gio Rom­ero, An­der Her­rera, Nick Pow­ell, Lu­ke Shaw An­tonio Va­lencia, Mar­ou­ane Fel­laini, Mor­gan Schneider­lin, Guillermo Varela, Basti­an Sch­wein­steiger, Pad­dy McNair, Dean Hen­derson, Mar­cus Rash­ford, Mat­teo Dar­mian, Jesse Lin­gard, Don­ald Love, Ax­el Tu­an­zebe, Joel Castro Pe­reira, Tyler Black­ett, Camer­on Borth­wick-Jack­son, An­dreas Pe­reira, Sean Goss, Joe Roth­well, Ja­mes Weir, Will Ke­ane, Joe Ri­ley, Sam John­stone, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Ro-Shaun Wil­li­ams, and Víct­or Valdes. Louis van Gaal had bro­ught Mat­teo Dar­mian, Mem­ph­is De­pay, Ser­gio Rom­ero, Basti­an Sch­wein­steiger, and Mor­gan Schneider­lin to Man­chester Uni­ted dur­ing the sum­mer months, whi­le Ben Amos, Tom Clev­er­ley, Ra­damel Fal­cao, Reece Ja­mes, Saidy Janko, An­gel Di Mar­ia, Lu­is Nani, Robin van Per­sie, Ra­fael da Silva, and Tom Thorpe had all left Old Trafford.

Man­chester Uni­ted opened their new Pre­mier Lea­gue sea­son by edging out Maur­i­cio Pochettino’s Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur si­de by a nar­row 1-0 mar­gin at ho­me. The on­ly and win­ning goal of the open­ing ga­me came in the 22nd min­ute of ac­tion when Three Li­ons de­fender Kyle Walk­er be­at Roo­ney to the ball and put it in­to the back of the net pa­st Tot­ten­ham and Neth­er­lands in­ter­na­tion­al shot stop­per Michel Vorm. The White Hart Laners came clo­se to scor­ing on sev­er­al oc­ca­sions dur­ing the sec­ond ha­lf of the tie, but no­ne of their at­tempts res­ul­ted in a goal. And even tho­ugh Man­chester Uni­ted were a wee bit lucky to over­come Spurs by 1-0 at Old Traf­ford, Louis van Gaal was well pleased wi­th the ef­fort of his new­ly com­posed te­am which in­cluded de­butants Dar­mian, De­pay, Rom­ero, Schneider­lin, and Sch­wein­steiger. In oth­er open­ing fix­tures, Lei­cester City de­feated Sun­der­land 4-2 at King Power Sta­dium, Bourne­mouth lost 1-0 to As­ton Vil­la at Gold­sands Sta­dium, Ever­ton were held to a 2-2 draw by Wat­ford at Good­ison Park, Nor­wich City suf­fered a 3-1 loss to Crys­tal Pal­ace at Car­row Road, whi­le de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Chel­sea could on­ly man­age a 2-2 draw ag­ainst Swansea City. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Ser­gio Rom­ero, Mat­teo Dar­mian, Lu­ke Shaw, Chris Small­ing, Da­ley Bli­nd, Mor­gan Schneider­lin, Ash­ley Young, Mi­chael Car­rick, Mem­ph­is De­pay, Ju­an Ma­ta, Way­ne Roo­ney. Sub­stitutes: An­der Her­rera, An­dreas Pe­reira, An­tonio Va­lencia, Pad­dy McNair, Basti­an Sch­wein­steiger, Javi­er Her­nandez, Sam John­stone. Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur Te­am: Michel Vorm, Kyle Walk­er, Ben Dav­ies, Jan Ver­tonghen, Toby Alder­weireld, Eric Di­er, Nab­il Bentaleb, Mousa Dem­bele, Harry Kane, Chris­ti­an Eriksen, Nacer Chadli. Sub­stitutes: Ry­an Ma­son, Dele Alli, Er­ik Lamela, Kier­an Trip­pi­er, Kev­in Wim­mer, Tom Car­roll, Hugo Lloris.


Louis van Gaal Quickfacts

Louis van Gaal star­ted out his head coach­ing ca­reer wi­th AFC Ajax in 1991 be­fore he went on to man­age FC Bar­celona, AZ Al­k­maar, Bay­ern Mu­nich, and The Neth­er­lands Na­tion­al Foot­ball Te­am. A highly re­spec­ted man­ager, Van Gaal re­ceived his knight­hood in the Or­der of Or­ange-Nas­sau in 1997. 


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