Manchester United is a club synonymous with football fans worldwide. The name is something recognised by all lovers of the game and is very much related to the giants of world sport.
So when the team collapsed on the pitch last season, as it became embroiled in farce, the eyes of the world couldn’t quite believe what it was seeing. There was a sense of jubilation amongst the, once green eyed monsters, in Britain, who took great satisfaction in the club’s turmoil.
Manchester United are determined to get rid of Marouane Fellaini, Shinji Kagawa, Nani and Anderson this summer, as Louis Van Gaal continues to the long overdue clearout operation.
Having sold Alex Buttner and Bebe for just over £6m and with Federico Macheda’s contract finally coming to an end, United are still left with a bloated squad, one which Van Gaal has deemed “broken” and “unbalanced” and different sources suggest the Dutchman will set about clearing the decks between now and the start of the season.
Louis Van Gaal has said he’s inherited a squad that is “broken” and “unbalanced” and dismissed suggestions that it’ll be easier for him to succeed, given David Moyes’ disastrous tenure at the club.
The Dutchman was asked whether he thought replacing Sir Alex Ferguson would have been harder than replacing Moyes, Van Gaal insisted that following a manager as successful as Fergie wouldn’t have been a problem for him.
I think you might find this interesting if, like me, you’re interested in the history and the future of Manchester United’s Academy system.
Tony Park, AKA @MrMujac, is a lifelong United supporter with a knowledge far richer than most, especially about United’s youth system. Regularly found following the youth teams home and away, Tony’s views are certainly to be respected.
In this short video, Tony talks about the impact Louis van Gaal may have on United in general, why particular youth players went on tour and what van Gaal’s introduction means to players hoping to make the step from youth football to the Premier League.
After a disappointing season under David Moyes leaves United missing out on Champion’s League football this coming season and a truly awful viewing experience for even the most hardcore Red Devil fan, the board did what they should have done a year earlier and conducted an extensive search for a suitable manager to ensure they didn’t repeat the errors made replacing the retiring Sir Alex Ferguson.
After appointing Louis Van Gaal as the new manager, he went on to lead the Dutch national team to an unexpected third place finish in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
There isn’t just Arturo Vidal on Manchester United’s radar this summer, and Louis Van Gaal might have already moved to secure another World Cup star, if reports in Spain are to be believed.
Spanish newspaper El Mundo Deportivo today suggests that United have tabled a €38m – £30m – offer for Colombia international Juan Cuadrado, who’s attracted interest from a host of different clubs this summer, including United and Barcelona. It is an interesting development, given that on Tuesday another Spanish newspaper, Sport, claimed that both clubs were ready to go head-to-head in the race for the Fiorentina player, after La Viola‘s manager, Vincenzo Montella, admitted that Cuadrado’s future remained uncertain.
Juan Mata admitted Manchester United players were given a first glimpse of what to expect from Louis Van Gaal when he’s disappointed, after the Dutchman made clear he was far from impressed by his team’s 3-2 win over AS Roma in Denver on Saturday.
United won their inaugural match in the International Champions Cup but looked far from their best and almost scuppered a three-goal lead as Roma scored twice in the last 20 minutes, leading Van Gaal to criticise some of his players’ performances, including Mata’s. However, far from seeking excuses for his performance, the Spaniard insisted Van Gaal’s demand for perfection and almost obsessive attention to detail is exactly what United need.
Manchester United are ready to table a €60m – €48m – bid for Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal and they’ve also already contacted the Chilean’s agent over the financial package they are ready to offer to the midfielder, according to reports in Italy.
La Gazzetta dello Sport claims that Vidal’s agent, Fernando Felicevich, is due to arrive in Turin tonight to meet Juventus’ manager Massimiliano Allegri and the Serie A champions’ general manager, Giuseppe Marotta, and during their meeting Juventus will be made aware that United are ready to offer Vidal €8m – £6.3m – a season plus bonuses for the next four seasons.