Phil 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.
Despite 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.
Ryan 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.
It’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.
Reports 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.
Last 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.
Patrice Evra will leave Manchester United this week for a fee believed to be between £1.2m and £2m, after Manchester United announced they will not stand in the Frenchman’s way and won’t try to block his move to Juventus.
Evra had recently signed a 12-month extension but his wife’s desire to leave Manchester coupled with Juventus’ offer of two-year deal worth £55,000-a-season look to have convinced the 33-year-old that it’s time to bring the curtain down on his United career after a eight and half stint at Old Trafford.
Manchester United are considering whether to hijack Valencia’s deal for Argentina midfielder Enzo Perez, with reports suggesting the Benfica man is again on United’s radar, which could scupper Valencia’s plans of securing the 28-year-old.
Perez, who replaced Angel Di Maria during Argentina’s 1-0 win in the quarter finals against Belgium, impressed for Benfica last season, as the Lisbon club clinched their 33rd league title and lost the Europa League final on penalties against Sevilla but, according to reports in the Portuguese press, he’s looking for a move away this summer, despite having recently penned a new four-year deal.