Blind: What Van Gaal says always comes true

The Netherlands international, a £13.8 million signing from Ajax last summer, says his fellow Dutchman was the reason behind United’s form in the second half of last season.

Blind, who has so far played pre-season at centre-back for the Reds, bemoaned last season's weak start but says Van Gaal can propel the team to greater heights this term. 

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Joe Brewin

Joe was the Deputy Editor at FourFourTwo until 2022, having risen through the FFT academy and been on the brand since 2013 in various capacities. 

By weekend and frustrating midweek night he is a Leicester City fan, and in 2020 co-wrote the autobiography of former Foxes winger Matt Piper – subsequently listed for both the Telegraph and William Hill Sports Book of the Year awards.