Chronicling Louis van Gaal’s wacky debut season at Man United

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Louis van Gaal has been a gift to the Premier League this season. From his refreshing hatred of the technical area to an impressive ability to find untried positions for Wayne Rooney, there can be little doubt of the joys the Dutchman brings to the top flight.

Better than anything else he offers, though, comes in pre and post match dealings with the press.

After losing 3-0 to Everton at Goodison Park the Iron Tulip offered this as his left-field reasoning for the slip up:

“I had already the feeling (of defeat) and my colleagues Ryan Giggs and Albert Stuivenberg had the feeling because the warm up was not so good as usual.”

It was just the latest amusing episode from the former Barcelona boss in a season full of them. Here’s a handpicked selection:

The West Ham dossier

Sam Allardyce labelled the Red Devils “Long Ball United” after a 1-1 draw with West Ham, LVG took exception, going to great lengths to disprove his opposite number:

Michael Carrot

Queens Park Raisins

A compilation of the rest

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Matt Wiggins

No idyllic sound comes close to leather on willow for Matt, whose previous experience includes stints with Spin Magazine and Surrey County Cricket Club. It's not just cricket that interests him though, with football, golf, tennis and any American sport not played on ice all high on his list of favourites.