The curtain might have just come down on the Premier League season, but the transfer rumours have already clicked into gear and, unsurprisingly, Manchester United are right in the thick of it.
United have been linked with a host of players over the last couple weeks and while two of them – Gareth Bale and Mats Hummels – have already ruled themselves out of the running, Louis Van Gaal has seemingly focused on three names for the time being.
Manchester United will not sell Angel Di Maria unless the Argentine demands to be sold, as the former Real Madrid man remains an important figure in Louis Van Gaal’s plans.
Arrived at Old Trafford for a club-record fee of £59.7m after playing a pivotal role in Real Madrid’s quest for a 10th European Cup, Di Maria hit the ground running before his season soon petered out amid a catalogue of injury problems and growing rumours linking him with a move to PSG.
Wayne Rooney believes Manchester United are two signings away from being a serious contender for the league title next season.
United ended their campaign with a 0-0 draw at Hull on Sunday, finishing 17 points behind Chelsea in Louis Van Gaal’s first season at Old Trafford and although they qualified for the Champions League, they will have to negotiate a potentially tricky playoff in August.
Manchester United’s stalemate draw at Hull brought the curtain down on Louis Van Gaal’s first season at the club. Following nine months of highs and lows, United are again on the Champions League’s doorstep after a year-long hiatus and, so far, it is a case of job done for the Dutchman.
However, while United have laid the foundations for their future, a lot of work remains to be done if Van Gaal is to transform his side from also-rans to title challengers in 2015-16.
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Manchester United have told Radamel Falcao that he will not be at Old Trafford next season, as the club has chosen not to sign the Colombian on a permanent deal.
Ian Ladyman of the Daily Mail reported on Sunday that the 29-year-old has been informed by the club he will be let go in the summer, after failing to impress during his loan spell this season.
One between Jonny Evans and Tyler Blackett could leave Old Trafford this summer to relocate on the blue half of Merseyside, while Antonio Valencia could also be on his way out.
The Northern Irishman has been linked with a move away from United for a while and the rumours have intensified over the last couple of days, with Everton reportedly determined to bring the defender to Goodison Park this summer.
No one likes rolling over and having their tummies tickled quite like Steve Bruce. Ever since the United legend took over at Hull, any fixture against the Tigers has always gone down as a free three points. A Brucey bonus.
Realistically, United managers could have played Hellen Keller in net, with a back four made up of the Different Strokes cast, including Gary Coleman and still come away with a decent result.
Paul Scholes has told Manchester United they should sign Petr Cech as a replacement for David De Gea, if the Spaniard moves to Real Madrid this summer.
The 24-year-old has been repeatedly linked with a move to Spain and Scholes believes the Chelsea stopper would be the perfect man to replace United’s player of the season.