Aug 15 2014

Is Woodward making promises he can’t keep?

Tag: Manchester United,Opinion Piece @ 7:08 am

Ed WoodwardIn the late 1970s, throughout the “Darkness on The Edge of Town tour”, Bruce Springsteen used to add a verse to one of his signature songs, Backstreets, in which the song’s main character bemoaned being betrayed by the girl he loved.

“You lied,” sang Springsteen, initially in a melancholic, matter of fact voice, before following the music’s crescendo to utter those words in a mixture of ferocious anger and disgust.

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Aug 14 2014

Another £30m defender on United’s radar

Tag: Transfer Rumours @ 10:22 am

68623.2Manchester United are targeting AS Roma centre-back Mehdi Benatia, as Louis Van Gaal looks to bolster his defensive options, after missing out on Thomas Vermaelen and Mats Hummels.

ESPN claims that sources within the club are adamant the United manager is determined to bring in two players between Benatia, Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo before the end of the transfer window, as Van Gaal currently has only three centre-backs at his disposal and the injury to Luke Shaw complicates things even further.


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Aug 13 2014

United confirm new captain

Tag: Manchester United News @ 7:29 am

Wayne Rooney Manchester UnitedLouis Van Gaal has chosen Manchester United’s captain for this season and, perhaps slightly surprising, Wayne Rooney and not Robin Van Persie is the man the new United manager has chosen to skipper the side in his inaugural campaign at Old Trafford.

The relationship between Van Persie and Van Gaal had many suggesting that the former Arsenal striker would be given the armband this season, particularly given he had captained Holland at  the World Cup but, instead, the honour has gone to Rooney, with Darren Fletcher promoted to the role of vice-captain.

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Aug 11 2014

Van Gaal’s axe list

Tag: Transfer Rumours @ 7:40 am

1407695115660_Image_galleryImage_Manchester_United_s_JavieLouis Van Gaal is ready to axe seven players of the current United squad ahead of the new season but Shinji Kagawa will remain at Old Trafford, according to reports that emerged last night.

The United manager had been expected to individually tell the players he considers to be surplus to requirements that they were free to find themselves a new club after evaluating them throughout United’s summer tour and, according to the Daily Mail, seven players have been told they’ve no future at Old Trafford.

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Aug 05 2014

United duo heading for Spain?

Tag: Transfer Rumours @ 7:40 am

hernandez and kagawaJavier Hernandez and Shinji Kagawa could soon be heading for the Old Trafford’s exit door, with Atletico Madrid thought to be considering a double swoop for the pair, who have largely been on the fringe of Louis Van Gaal’s squad this pre-season.

The United manager said on Monday that he was keen to trim his squad ahead of the start of the season and while United are still looking to resolve the future of Marouane Fellaini, Anderson and Nani, both Hernandez and Kagawa could be a step closer to leaving the club, with the Spanish champions a likely destination.

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Aug 04 2014

Van Gaal to accelerate clearout

Tag: Manchester United News @ 8:13 am

Manchester-United-Training-SessionLouis Van Gaal will accelerate Manchester United’s summer clearout once the team returns from their US tour and he’s expected to inform a few players, likely to include Marouane Fellaini, Nani, Shinji Kagawa and Anderson, that they’re surplus to requirements at the club and that they can find themselves another club.

The Dutchman said he would have no problems in telling each player face-to-face about his choices and while he admitted he’d like a bit more time to assess his squad, Van Gaal has also confirmed that the curtains will come down for a lot of players between now and the end of the transfer window.

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Jul 31 2014

United target rules out move

Tag: Transfer Rumours @ 12:12 pm

cd592Edinson Cavani has dismissed rumours that linked him with a move away from Paris St Germain and insisted he’s happy to continue to play for the Ligue 1 champions and that he has no interest in parting ways with the Parisian club.

The Uruguayan striker has long been linked with a move to Manchester United, after emerging as a transfer target for David Moyes in January and speculation over the former Napoli striker intensified towards the end of last season, when Cavani had looked frustrated at being deployed in a wide role to allow Zlatan Ibrahimovic to play in his favourite position.

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Jul 31 2014

Glazers issue warning over United’s future

Tag: Manchester United News @ 11:16 am

Ed WoodwardOnly a couple of weeks after Ed Woodward was eager to stress that, for the second consecutive summer, Manchester United “had no budget”, the club has warned potential investors that the club could fail to attract top players and retain the ones currently in the squad, if the club fails to qualify for the Champions League this season.

A second consecutive season away from Europe’s elite competition would put United in a difficult situation and the Glazers were more than eager to stress the point when they announced their plans to sell a further five per cent of the club.

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