Louis Van Gaal insisted Manchester United will be a different side altogether after the transfer window shuts on Monday, as he continues the thorough rebuilding process he’s been tackling since he joined the club.
United have already spent over £130m on players and broke the British transfer record by signing Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid for £59.7m but Van Gaal said the Argentine won’t be the last arrival this summer.
Tom Cleverley could soon be heading to Aston Villa, with various sources reporting Manchester United have accepted a £8m from Villa for the 25-year-old midfielder.
talkSPORT and the Daily Mail suggest Cleverley, who had also attracted interest from Hull, West Ham and Everton could leave the club by the end of the transfer window, as his first team opportunities could shrink even further if, as largely expected, United bolster their midfield options over the next couple of days.
Angel Di Maria revealed on Thursday that he was told about the significance of the number 7 at Manchester United by Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the Argentine former teammates at Real Madrid.
During his official presentation as Manchester United player, Di Maria said he was eager to follow in the footsteps of the great players who have previously donned the club’s most important shirt, from George Best – though he wore 8 and 11 just as often – to Bryan Robson, from Eric Cantona to David Beckham and Ronaldo himself.
Tuesday’s shambolic 4-0 defeat against MK Dons in the second round of the Capital One Cup could force Louis Van Gaal into sanctioning the sale of another couple of United players, who the Dutchman deems surplus to requirements.
Danny Welbeck, Nick Powell, Anderson, Shinji Kagawa and even Jonny Evans could soon be heading for the exit door at Old Trafford, according to reports in the Mirror.
There’s not really any other word to describe both the performance and the feelings that ensued following last night’s abomination. It initially brought back memories of a horrendous evening at Upton Park in the Carling Cup back in 2010 when we collapsed 4-0 that evening during a wretched display.
However, this was so much worse. So bad, it was practically beyond belief. We have been utterly humiliated by a club in the third tier of English football. It wasn’t even a contest.
After a loss and a draw in his first two games in charge of Manchester United, there was to be no third time lucky for Louis Van Gaal, who watched on in astonishment as his side were humbled 4-0 by MK Dons and suffered the ignominy of exiting the Capital One Cup before the majority of top teams have even entered it.
United, now more than ever, are a side in crisis and lacking identity, which makes analysing their performances all too complicated. However, even embarrassing nights such as last night – and, make no mistake, it did look woefully abysmal from the away end – can provide some indications of what to expect this season.
Here’s five things we’ve learnt from last night…
Louis Van Gaal said he was “not shocked” by United’s abysmal capitulation against MK Dons in the Capital One Cup last night, as his team slumped to one of their most embarrassing defeats in over a decade.
Experimental though the line-up might have been with a few youngsters making their first team debut, United were still able to call upon David De Gea, Jonny Evans, Javier Hernandez, Danny Welbeck and, albeit briefly, Shinji Kagawa, but did not spare them the blushes of being thrashed by a League One side.
Manchester United have confirmed the signing of Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid for an initial fee of £59.7m plus add-ons.
The signing takes United’s summer spending to £130.7m with more additions expected before the transfer window closes next Monday.
Di Maria, one of the standout performers in this summers World Cup AND Man of the Match in the Champions League Final for Madrid back in May, becomes the most expensive player in British football history.