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VAN DAMNED: Sunday papers savage Van Gaal’s Manchester United

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Well, that didn't take long, did it? After a flawless pre-season, the Louis van Gaal honeymoon came thudding to a stop as Swansea left Old Trafford with three points on Saturday.

And the Sunday papers were quick to stick the boot in – here’s a review of the best front and back pages:

THE MAIL ON SUNDAY: VAN DAMNED - Depressing reading for LVG as Paul Scholes calls him too negative, while the ghost of David Moyes makes a reappearance.

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THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY: LOUIS VAN SNARL - More top punning, with Van Gaal laying into his players and plotting swoops for (stop us if you've heard these before) Arturo Vidal and Daley Blind.

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THE SUN ON SUNDAY: SMASHED TO PIECES - Most papers jump on Van Gaal's admission that United's confidence has been 'smashed' and the Sun is no exception.

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SUNDAY PEOPLE: OUTCASTS - The tabloid claims that Nani, Anderson and Wilfried Zaha have been totally frozen out of first team activities - odd since Nani came on at half-time yesterday. More on that one in Paper Round.

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SUNDAY MIRROR: SHOW ME THE MONEY - The Mirror focuses on Van Gaal's post-match comments suggesting he thinks his current squad are a useless bunch of stiffs in desperate need of improvement.

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THE OBSERVER: HERE WE GO AGAIN - The Reds' woe makes it on to the front page - it's deja vu all over again for United fans.

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DAILY STAR SUNDAY: LOU-SER! - Well, best to get that one out of the way Early Doors, really.

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SUNDAY EXPRESS: LVG SLAMS UNITED STARS - Van Gaal is a notoriously straight talker, so expect plenty more Sunday back pages like this over the course of the season.

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Images from the fantastic @suttonnick of #bbcpapers

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