Jul 12 2014

Are United about to break a transfer record?

Tag: Opinion Piece,Transfer Rumours @ 1:10 am

Di Maria - Real MadridThere are reports surfacing via Twitter that a Spanish radio show, Onda Cero, suggest Manchester United may well be about to purchase Angel Di Maria for €60m (£47m).

If the deal went ahead it would break Real Madrid’s highest ever fee received for a player.

“He’s keen to go to Manchester” the reports quote. WHO exactly made the quote is, at present, unknown but according to Football Journalist, Rafael Hernandez (@RafaelH117) “Onda Cero are worth listening to claiming Di Maria to Manchester United is a real possibility.”

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Jul 11 2014

Five possible replacements for Patrice Evra

Tag: Opinion Piece @ 1:15 pm

Riccardo-RodriguezWith Patrice Evra’s move to Juventus set to be completed before the end of the week, Manchester United find themselves needing a left-back to provide cover for Luke Shaw, given the former Southampton man is currently the only option available in that particular role. However, given Shaw looked poised to be Louis Van Gaal’s first option at left-back, United do not necessarily need an older player to mentor the 19-year-old and could opt for another young prospect.

Here’s five players who could represent a valid alternative to Evra.

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Jul 11 2014

Butt and Neville to learn future next week

article-2618138-1D610C9900000578-135_634x387Phil Neville and Nicky Butt will discover whether they’re part of Louis Van Gaal’s plans or not over by the end of next week, once the Dutch manager officially takes over at Manchester United after his World Cup campaign with Holland.

Neville returned to Old Trafford last season as part of David Moyes’ coaching staff and continued to work alongside interim manager Ryan Giggs even after Moyes was sacked in April, but with Van Gaal bringing in three new coaches - Frans Hoek, Marcel Bout and Albert Stuivenberg – and Giggs promoted to assistant manager, Neville’s future remains unclear.

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Jul 11 2014

United haven’t held talks for Vidal

Tag: Transfer Rumours @ 10:07 am

rp_Arturo-Vidal-009-200x200.jpgDespite reports widely suggesting otherwise, Manchester United did not hold talks with Juventus for Arturo Vidal while negotiating Patrice Evra’s move to the Serie A champions.

United have been monitoring Vidal for months and, according to reports, they had even gone as far as approaching Juventus in spring to enquire about the Chilean midfielder, only to be told that Vidal would not leave Turin.

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Jul 11 2014

Van Gaal not scared by United job

louis-van-gaal-the-netherlands-world-cup_3168088Ryan Giggs has insisted Louis Van Gaal will not be “scared” by the size of the job awaiting him at Manchester United and he expects the Dutchman to be relishing the challenge at Old Trafford.

Van Gaal is a hugely experienced coach, having won titles at Ajax, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and AZ Alkmaar and Giggs was adamant the Holland manager knows exactly what he’ll be expected of him at United but his experience at big clubs ensures he won’t be fazed by the task ahead of him.

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Jul 10 2014

United back in the hunt for £15m midfielder?

Tag: Transfer Rumours @ 11:39 am

Netherlands v Mexico: Round of 16 - 2014 FIFA World Cup BrazilIt’s summer, Manchester United are looking for a midfielder, their new manager is a Dutchman. Step forward, Wesley Sneijder. Yes, that Wesley Sneijder, the man who, alongside Ezequiel Garay, has been linked with a move to Old Trafford for the last four summers is again at the centre of speculations.

Galatasaray’s president Unal Aysal recently revealed that the Dutchman’s contract includes a €20m release clause and that the Turkish club will not stand in Sneijder’s way, should the clause be triggered.

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Jul 10 2014

United linked with yet another World Cup star

Tag: Manchester United @ 10:23 am

Enzo PerezReports in the Metro this morning suggest Manchester United have launched a £7million offer for Benfica star, Enzo Perez.

Perez was one of the stars of the show in last nights semi-final between LvG’s Netherlands and Perez’s Argentina.

The Red Devils are hoping to finalize the deal before the World Cup ends this weekend, in which Perez is set to be starting in the final for Argentina.

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Jul 10 2014

What can United expect under Louis Van Gaal?

Tag: Manchester United @ 9:52 am

LGV_nowLast night, as Maxi Rodriguez’s penalty squeezed past Jasper Cillessen’ hands, many of us would have experienced contrasting feelings. The disappointment of not seeing Louis Van Gaal and Robin Van Persie clinching their place in a World Cup final was more than atoned for by the knowledge that, once the mundane affair that is the third spot playoff is dealt with, a new era will officially begin at Manchester United.

Since Van Gaal was appointed as David Moyes’ successor almost two months ago, we have spent hours, days even, reading about the 62-year-old’s achievements, every Holland training session has been scrutinised to fully understand his methods and every game has been analysed, in a bid to get a glimpse of the brand of football we can expect at Old Trafford come August 15th.

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