Real Madrid vs. Manchester United: What Louis van Gaal Learned

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Real Madrid vs. Manchester United: What Louis van Gaal Learned
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Louis van Gaal's Manchester United had won all of their pre-season games in the runup to the match against Real Madrid. They beat L.A. Galaxy, Roma and Inter Milan, with Van Gaal trying to perfect his new 3-5-2 formation.

United's starting team for the game against the European champions was: David de Gea; Michael Keane, Phil Jones, Jonny Evans; Antonio Valencia, Ander Herrera, Darren Fletcher, Ashley Young; Juan MataWayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck.

Welbeck went off injured, Rooney tried to claim a goal that wasn't his and, importantly, United won, 3-1. But what might Van Gaal have learned from the performance?

We examine four insightful takeaways for the new United boss here.

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