David Moyes believes the days of long term planning at United are long gone.
That’s quite something to say by a manager who was given a six year contract despite never winning anything. A man who was given an entire season to improve the standard of football he dragged the club into playing, but never did. A man whose long term future would have been cemented purely by showing the club and its fans just a few seeds of hope in order to continue to receive their full backing. The signs never improved, neither did Moyes’ pathetic interview skills
In just a few short months, Moyes proved he was not up to the task of managing one of the biggest clubs in football despite being given one of the most faithful, long-term contracts ever handed out by any club.
Atletico Madrid midfielder, Koke, has today cast doubt over the possibility of any move to Old Trafford with his insistence of happiness at what he call his “home”.
United have long been linked with a potential move for Koke and were rumoured to be preparing a buy-out clause triggering £48m bid in the hope of luring him away from the current La Liga champions, those hopes seem to have been dashed by the players latest comments.
Manchester United have moved in for FC Dnipro star Yevhen Konoplyanka.
Liverpool have been long-term admirers of the Ukrainian and failed in a last minute deadline day bid to bring the highly rated midfielder to the Premier League in January but United are now favourites to secure the 24-year-old’s signature this summer.
Rafael has insisted the players should shoulder the blame for United’s abysmal showing last season and that him and his team-mates are the only figures responsible for United’s worst season since 1989-90, as United finished seventh and missed out on European football altogether for the first time in over two decades.
The Brazilian right-back was a regular under David Moyes, before an injury picked up in March sidelined him for the remainder of the campaign, as Ryan Giggs replaced the sacked Moyes for the last four games, trying to inject some momentum in a squad that had looked shambolic for the previous nine months.
Atletico Madrid defender Miranda looks set to become Louis Van Gaal’s first signing as Manchester United manager, after the club has reportedly triggered the defender’s release clause, thought to be worth in the region of £24m.
The 29-year-old defender was instrumental in Atletico Madrid’s phenomenal season and even though he couldn’t prevent Diego Simeone’s men from falling to a 4-1 defeat in Saturday’s European Cup final against city rivals Real Madrid, the Brazilian has emerged as one of the best defenders in Europe over the last couple of seasons.
Louis Van Gaal is looking to bring two members of his Holland squad to Old Trafford after the World Cup, with the United manager seemingly determined to ensure a deal is agreed for Feyenoord pair Jordy Clasie and Bruno Martins Indi.
Clasie and Martins Indi have emerged as some of the brightest talents in Dutch football and, despite being only 22 years of age, both have forced their way in the Holland squad and are widely expected to be in the starting XI for the Oranje’s opening fixture against Spain on June 13.
Danny Welbeck has hinted he might seek a move out of United despite the arrival of Louis Van Gaal after expressing his frustration at the number of time he’s been played out wide for the club over the last 12 months.
Welbeck endured a difficult season, with rumours linking him with a move away with the club after growing disillusioned with David Moyes’ training methods hitting the headlines, while a couple of injuries meant his campaign struggled to get any momentum at all, but Van Gaal’s appointment was thought to be a good enough reason for the England striker to remain at the club.
Having decided Toni Kroos is no longer worth pursuing, Manchester United are set to miss out on another Bayern Munich midfielder, with German international Thomas Mueller expected to decline Louis Van Gaal’s offer to join him at Old Trafford, while the Bavarian outfit remain reluctant to sell. Mueller was thought to be one of United’s main transfer targets this summer, for the German can play in three different roles and guarantees an excellent goalscoring return for a midfielder, providing United with exactly the sort of player they’ve sorely missed for over five years now.