WILL MAN UTD FANS ACCEPT LvG'S 3-5-2?
So if Louis van Gaal sticks with his planned 3-5-2 system this season, will the Stretford End accept it? We're not talking the 3-5-2 of El Tel or Sir Bobby. We're talking the dreary continental system, filling those wide areas with fullbacks - not wingers. It's effectively five across the back. Something very foreign to the traditions of Manchester United. General opinion on Wilfried Zaha is he's on his way out after failing to play a single minute in United's two games of their US tour. But could it be that Van Gaal simply can't find a place for Zaha in his formation? What will Adnan Januzaj be making of all this as he prepares to join the squad? It's difficult to see Van Gaal fielding the Belgian in his natural wide role without any cover behind him. And what of Ryan Giggs? If Van Gaal begins to consistently play with only fullbacks in the wide positions, will the Welshman have the bottle to challenge his boss and point out United's history is built on the individual flair of attacking wide men?
ROONEY NAILED ON FOR ENGLAND CAPTAINCY
Can we end this phony debate? Wayne Rooney is nailed on to be England's next captain. The Manchester United striker is England's best player. The media may want him out of the team, but Roy Hodgson's support has never wavered. And when Rooney has worn the captain's armband for United, rather than wilt, he's grown and thrived with the responsibility. It'll be the next landmark in Rooney's career and should inspire him - as it has in United colours - to a new level with England.
HENEN CRACKING EVERTON TRANSFER COUP
David Henen is a real coup for Everton - and another transfer triumph for manager Roberto Martinez. It's a surprise AS Monaco have let him slip through their hands, though at over €1 million, even for money-bags ASM, it would create unwelcome controversy in France if such a fee was paid for a foreign teen. In England, Martinez doesn't have to worry about such issues and he'll be delighted once the deal goes through. He's a couple of years his junior, but you can see Martinez giving Henen the Gerard Deulofeu treatment this season. He's certainly similar to the Barcelona winger and standing over 6ft, does have the physique to immediately cope with Premier League demands. Sir Alex Ferguson looked long and hard at Henen two years ago and it reached the stage where the then 16 year-old was talking up the move on Facebook. But Anderlecht dug in their heels and in their favour, Henen, at the time, was happy to continue his development at home. But now, after a year in France, he's ready to move abroad and if Martinez can help him reach his potential, Everton will have a world-beater on their hands.
HODDLE GREAT MOVE FOR QPR
It'd be great to see Glenn Hoddle back in the English game. Harry Redknapp sees the former Tottenham and Chelsea manager as an ideal replacement for Wally Downes on his QPR coaching staff. It's crazy for English football to have a resource like Hoddle on the outside looking in. You only need look at what he's achieved with his academy and the success it's enjoyed rebuilding the careers of Premier League cast-offs to recognise the value he'd bring to a club like the Rs. It's been 16 years since QPR fans saw Richard Langley break through, but with Hoddle, the prospect of a developing a talent production line will move closer to reality.
CHUKS ANEKE ALREADY FLYING IN EUROPE
Last season, Chuks Aneke was playing in League One at Crewe Alexandra. Last week, the former Arsenal midfielder was making his Zulte Waregem debut in the Europa League - and scoring in their first-leg win over Zawisza Bydgoszcz. It's a big step up for the U17 Euros winner, but if last Thursday is anything to go by, the challenge is just what he needed to take his game to the next level.
STOKE PERFECT FOR BOJAN
Now it's up to the boy. He has a permanent home. A four-year contract. And he's part of a squad where there is no obvious direct competition. Mark Hughes will be hoping his imaginative, exciting signing comes off. Bojan Krkic has made the brave call. After three years hopping from club to club on-loan, he's cut ties with Barcelona and signed with Stoke City. After AS Roma and AC Milan, the Brit may seem a surprise choice. But Krkic and his father have long discussed building his career in the UK. His camp did try to orchestrate a move to Celtic three years ago - and moving to the UK has been on the agenda ever since. Stoke is a great choice by the Krkic family. Without the burden of expectations felt at a bigger club - and away from the spotlight - Bojan should be allowed the time and room to bed down into Premier League football. He's a different personality, but when you consider the success of Marko Arnautovic turning his career around last season, there's every chance Bojan can achieve the same working with Hughes.
TV DEAL COULD TREBLE
Expect more over the coming weeks and months, but there's real belief that the Premier League can TREBLE their existing £3bn television rights deal. The EPL have met with BSkyB and BT about bringing forward the start of the bidding process to December for the right to cover games for three seasons from 2016/17. If the fee jumps to anywhere close to £9bn - and there is growing belief inside the game that this number is realistic - then stadium revenue for top-flight clubs will surely become almost irrelevant. And if that's the case, then for the sake of the game and its culture, the best move clubs could make would be to slash ticket prices to a nominal amount.
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