Van Gaal insists that all the work he carries out is part of a process, but it's really hard to know where the process is going. There's been nothing in the performances this year to suggest that United will be able to offer anything more than what we've already seen.
Mourinho knows where the problems are in his team, is one of very few managers in the world whose track record suggests that he's got the skills to turn the current situation around and is stubborn enough to make the changes that are needed. If nothing's changed by, say, March, then the conversation becomes very different. But until then, as the kids say, #JoseIn.
Last season, Arsenal were good for long periods without ever fully hitting top gear and challenging Chelsea. This time round though, Wenger is nicely perched at the top of the table, level on points with City, while his arch-nemesis Jose Mourinho is wallowing in the depths of footballing despair, a familiar foe walking on dangerously thin ice...
As has so often been proven, making pre-season predictions about league football is the most certain way for a journalist, blogger or pundit to make an absolute fool of themselves. Placing your words and reputation on the line before a ball has been kicked is, in 90% of cases, a true recipe for disaster.
Fans need to realise, particularly where David Moyes is concerned, you genuinely won't get much better. You should be so lucky to have someone as good as he is.
Last season, Allardyce's West Ham touched the top four until their confidence vanished after Christmas. The task for Bilic is now maintaining the momentum and attractive style of football that has propelled them to within two points of the top of the table - but Bilic certainly looks up to the task.
It was during a recent Premier League encounter that a group of the home fans discussed whether or not calling someone a "tart" for remaining on the g...
Smalling has historically struggled on some big occasions, but at 25, it finally looks as though he has developed a leadership mentality for Van Gaal. Unlike this time a year ago, he can be entrusted with the responsibility of stopping United's bitter rivals and in a game that could wrestle the momentum away from the Blue half of Manchester...
Arsenal are back. After 11 years without a Premier League title, the Gunners are finally in a position to challenge once more and return to the summit of English football. They're second in the table, the British press and television pundits are purring and it's only a matter of time before Arsene Wenger has his hands firmly on the trophy again, right? Wrong!
Fantasy football managers take many forms. There are those that go top heavy, goal-hungry obsessives - the Kevin Keegans. Then there are the managers that take the careful approach when building their fantasy football team. Beginning at the back with a well thought-out and solid defence - the Tony Pulis' of fantasy football management.
Eden Hazard has some serious improving to do - with both his performances and his attitude - even if he's to enter the conversation as one of the world's best players, and he's going to need to step things up if he's actually to be deemed worthy of stepping in to the shoes of Cristiano Ronaldo in the Spanish capital.
As an Anglo-Scot currently living in a Australia the results of the Rugby Union World Cup quarter finals doesn't surprise me. Granted Scotland should really have beaten Australia, which would have been a wonderful poke in the eye for the other Northern Hemisphere teams, but really an all Southern Hemisphere semi finals says a lot not just about rugby but the influence that wealth has on talent, organisations and societies.
It's not a "well, somebody has to go down, even if they don't really deserve it" situation either. There are an awful lot of mediocre teams in this division right now, and most of them are bordering on outright bad.
Rooney loves the big matches. But he's simply not delivering in them. And to boot, he's only scored four times in 18 appearances against his boyhood side. It's the time now to try something different, in order to get United's number ten back firing in the long-term.
Klopp outlined a target of winning the Premier League by 2019, suggesting he's been assured of having time to build a side with which to achieve it. In the unlikely event he does manage to pull it off, it will be far from how typically deluded fans are envisioning it.
Mourinho finds himself in perhaps his most testing time as a manager, but, more than ever, he needs his players to show exactly why they are champions and stop hiding from the cataclysmic disaster that is their current campaign.