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Friday 9 December 2016

A philosopher walks into a bar in Old Trafford and says ...

The word philosophy comes from an Ancient Greek word that means "love of wisdom."

Greek philosopher Socrates walks into a bar. The barman asks: "Why did the chicken cross the road?" Socrates replies: "I will think about it."

Louis Van Gaal has a much vaunted philosophy of football. "My philosophy is a long story," he said. "The most important thing is we are a total human being. I consider my players as not only a player who kicks the ball from A to B," he says.

"But also his environment and him as a human being… I divide attack into four phases and also defence into four phases.

"The players know everything about the philosophy … It is a task of every human being that you transfer what you have learned about life and about football." That's what they call "mind games".

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