Old Trafford would welcome back Steve McClaren as one of their own in Saturday’s game against Newcastle. Manchester United fans will always remember him as an assistant manager that helped Sir Alex Ferguson during the 1998/1999 season that lead them to the famous treble.
McClaren stayed for three seasons at United and during that time he won three league titles, one FA Cup, one European Cup and one Intercontinental Cup.
He left to become the manager of Middlesbrough from 2001 to 2006. There, he took them to a League Cup triumph in 2004 and runners-up of the UEFA Cup in 2006.
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During his time as Middlesbrough manager, they became known to be the “Bogey Team” for Manchester United as he was able to beat them five times out of 12 meetings in all competitions. The most memorable one would be the 4-1 demolition in the Riverside stadium in 2005.
Head to head with Louis van Gaal at Eredivisie
After his sacking as England manager, Steve McClaren went to Holland to become the manager of FC Twente in the 2008/2009 season. He guided them to runners-up position, second to AZ that was managed by Louis van Gaal.
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In that season both managers met twice and shared a win with the same 3-0 outcome for both matches. Van Gaal then went to manage Bayern Munich the following season while Steve McClaren took FC Twente to win their first ever league title.
Rivalry continued at Bundesliga
McClaren went on to manage Wolfsburg in the 2010/2011 season. The rivalry continued that season, but this time the result after two league matches was a win and a draw for Van Gaal. That was the last time these two have met in a competitive match. They both were sacked by their respective clubs in the same season after a run of bad results.
New challenge of Newcastle United
After managing Nottingham Forest, a brief return to FC Twente, Queens Park Rangers and Derby County, McClaren is now back in the Premier League. He had already signed Georginio Wijnaldum, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Chancel Mbemba and Florian Thauvin to bolster his squad.
His rebuilding process in Newcastle does not stop in only signing new players, according to Chronicle Live McClaren has made a lot of changes to the club since his arrival in June 2015.
He has banned swearing at the training ground. It is followed also by forbidding mobile phones and tablets in working areas. While on the field, McClaren would want his players to applaud the fans after the games has finished no matter what the result is. So far the results in the first two games haven’t gone their way, they were held for a draw against Southampton and beaten by Swansea.
Memphis vs Wijnaldum
It is not only McClaren vs Van Gaal that will draw the crowd for this match but also Memphis vs Wijnaldum. These two former teammates will be playing against each other for the first time. The two Dutch Internationals were in the same team at PSV Eindhoven last season where they have won the Eredivisie title. Memphis had made his mark against Club Brugge this week by registering two goals and one assist.
But Wijnaldum would not give him the same easy treatment as the Belgian club did. This match promises entertainment as it usually have in the past, and it would not just be a homecoming for Steve McClaren. For him he is hoping that his club would be once again the “Bogey Team” for Manchester United.