Manchester United youngsters Tom Lawrence and Nick Powell have completed a move to Leicester City. Both players join Nigel Pearson’s side with Powell on a season-long loan while Lawrence signs permanently for an undisclosed fee believed to be in the region of £1m.
Javier Hernandez has reached an agreement with Real Madrid and will be unveiled at the Santiago Bernabueu later on Monday, after completing his loan move to the European Champions.
With Radamel Falcao arriving on loan from Monaco, Hernandez’s opportunities to break into the first XI appeared even more limited and Louis Van Gaal decided the Mexican could be moved on, after months of speculations had linked him a host of European clubs, including Juventus, Valencia and Inter Milan.
Manchester United have agreed a season-long deal for Monaco striker Radamel Falcao, subject to the Colombian passing a medical at Carrington later on Monday.
According to Sky Sports, the deal for the former Atletico Madrid centre-forward includes the option of United signing the 28-year-old, who missed out on the World Cup in the summer after suffering a serious knee injury last season.
Falcao was on the radar of a host of European clubs, including Real Madrid, Juventus, Arsenal and Manchester City but United look to have won the race to the Colombian.
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Louis Van Gaal insisted Manchester United will be a different side altogether after the transfer window shuts on Monday, as he continues the thorough rebuilding process he’s been tackling since he joined the club.
United have already spent over £130m on players and broke the British transfer record by signing Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid for £59.7m but Van Gaal said the Argentine won’t be the last arrival this summer.
After a loss and a draw in his first two games in charge of Manchester United, there was to be no third time lucky for Louis Van Gaal, who watched on in astonishment as his side were humbled 4-0 by MK Dons and suffered the ignominy of exiting the Capital One Cup before the majority of top teams have even entered it.
United, now more than ever, are a side in crisis and lacking identity, which makes analysing their performances all too complicated. However, even embarrassing nights such as last night – and, make no mistake, it did look woefully abysmal from the away end – can provide some indications of what to expect this season.
Here’s five things we’ve learnt from last night…
Manchester United are considering letting Danny Welbeck, Tom Cleverley and Wilfried Zaha go out on loan, as Louis Van Gaal is willing to give the trio an opportunity to get first team football elsewhere before deciding whether to part ways with them permanently or not.
The Mirror today reports that while all three players could leave between now and the end of the transfer window, their future remains unclear at the moment.
Marcos Rojo is set to complete his €20m – £16m – transfer from Sporting Lisbon to Manchester United, with Nani heading the other way, initially on a season-long loan.
Sporting Lisbon confirmed the deal via their official Twitter account and the defender, who becomes the fourth Argentine to play for United after Juan Sebastian Veron, Gabriel Heinze and Carlos Tevez, confirmed he’ll join Louis van Gaal’s side in an interview with Argentinian radio Continental.“It feels like a dream, to be a Manchester United player. Leaving Sporting wasn’t easy,” he said.
Judging a book by its cover is often a misguided and short-sighted activity to indulge into, but there are times when even the most composed and sensible of souls tend to be carried away and make irrational and rushed judgments.
It’s something a lot of United fans were guilty of this summer. A positive pre-season, a world class manager replacing David Moyes’ tactical inadequacies and his turgid football and, in the eyes of many, United were poised for a return to the glory days of the Fergie era in the blink of an eye.
Yesterday’s defeat against Swansea proved things might not be a simple this season, despite Louis Van Gaal’s arrival. Here’s five things we have learnt.