Steve Bruce is apparently preparing an audacious £14m bid for Manchester United striker, Danny Welbeck.
Welbeck, who came through the ranks of United’s Academy, divides opinion amongst United fans and is reportedly interested in the switch if his chances are like likely to be limited this season as he plays second fiddle tomWayne Rooney and Robin van Persie.
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I’m not normally one to moan. Okay, maybe just a little bit. But when news filtered through last night that Mr Wayne Rooney had been announced club captain, my stomach sank, and all the pre-season excitement vanished.
What have we done?
In Wayne Rooney, Manchester United possesses one of the great players in the Premier League, but they also possess one of the most disruptive the club has ever had on it’s books.
Louis 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.
Manchester United are hopeful to sign Argentina defender Marcos Rojo, as Louis Van Gaal seeks to address his shortage of options in defence.
The Sporting Lisbon defender could cost United around £16m and United don’t consider his contract to be too much of a problem, even though, as it’s common practice in Portuguese football, it might involve third parties.
Vidal; a tale of desperation and despair.
The Oxford dictionary defines despair as ‘the complete loss or absence of hope’. Most United fans may have different definitions. Watching Ashley Young receive the ball 30 yards inside the opposition half, turn, and play the ball back 60 yards to the keeper. Eagerly awaiting the team sheet only to see Anderson and Tom Cleverley are the starting midfield pair.
Louis 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.
Louis Van Gaal has reiterated he’s unhappy with his current squad and has insisted Manchester United need to buy a world class winger this summer if they’re serious about returning to the levels expected of them.
United’s summer started in style with the arrivals of Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera but with just a week left until the start of the season the squad at Van Gaal’s disposal remains unbalanced and short of options, despite Ed Woodward’s bullish claims that United “had not budget” and could financially compete with the biggest teams in the world.
Manchester United are set to miss out on Thomas Vermaelen, after the Belgian’s move to Old Trafford was believed to be off, as Arsenal blocked the deal for their captain.
The Belgian had been linked with a switch to United this summer, after falling behind Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker in the pecking order at the Emirates and Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, had admitted the 28-year-old could leave North London between now and the end of the transfer window.