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’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.
Here’s five positives and five negatives from this season.
Manchester United look set to open talks with Bayern Munich over the signing of Bastian Schweinsteiger, as Louis Van Gaal seeks to bolster his midfield options.
The German, who was converted from a left winger into a dominant central midfielder during Van Gaal’s spell in Bavaria, was repeatedly link with a move to Old Trafford a couple of years ago but the transfer never materialised as he chose to remain at the Allianz Arena.
Manchester United’s approach for Raheem Sterling has unsurprisingly been turned down by Liverpool, who have told United that the 20-year-old will not leave Anfield this summer.
United made a surprise approach for Sterling, who has told Liverpool he will not sign a new deal after claiming he felt bullied into extending his existing contract, but the inquiry has been swiftly rebuffed by Brendan Rodgers’ club, according to the Liverpool Echo.
Michael Carrick has hailed the impact Louis Van Gaal has had on his season, claiming the United manager was the reason behind his excellent campaign.
The former Spurs man was one of United’s midfielder when not blighted by a catalogue of injuries, which left his side bereft of a key man in the middle of the park.
David De Gea scooped the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year Award for the second consecutive season, as the 24-year-old was voted as the best Manchester United player this season.
The Spaniard was instrumental in ensure United returned to a top-four finish in their first season under Louis Van Gaal, as he produced a number of outstanding saves throughout the season and must now surely be considered among the three best goalkeepers in the world.
Manchester United’s already slender hopes of finishing third are all but gone after Arsenal secured a late equaliser at Old Trafford on Sunday, meaning they’ll need one from their next two games to clinch third place.
United looked to have the game under control for an hour before allowing Arsenal back into the contest and will now have to settle for the Champions League playoffs.
Here’s five things we’ve learnt from Sunday.
Manchester United reported a £20m decline in revenue in the first quarter of 2015, as the club’s finances were hit by United’s absence from the Champions League this season.
The decline in revenue was largely expected and United said they remained confident to return growth next season, with potential earnings from Champions League football and a 10-year with Adidas set to boost their finances.