With the World Cup finally getting underway last night amid protests, opening ceremony of dubious taste and scandalously poor refereeing, today sees the first United players joining the action, with Javier Hernandez’s Mexico facing Cameroon, while David De Gea and Juan Mata are likely to look on from the bench as Spain face Robin Van Persie’s Holland in Group B’s ‘Death Match’.
As if Spain vs Holland wasn’t interesting enough, for the first time since he was appointed United manager, we have the chance to see a Louis Van Gaal team in action and against the defending champions too. Will he “try to make things difficult” for Spain or will he set his team out to attack?
Louis Van Gaal has made Bastian Schweinsteiger his number one target for this summer and is determined to lure the Bayern Munich midfielder to Old Trafford this season, as he aims to begin a major overhaul of the current squad ahead of next season.
Having missed out on Toni Kroos and Thomas Mueller and with Cesc Fabregas joining Chelsea, United know they can’t afford to let another summer pass by without bolstering their engine room and the 29-year-old seems to be Van Gaal’s choice, undoubtedly aided by the relationship the pair developed when the Dutchman was in charge of Bayern Munich.
Another day, another Bayern Munich player linked to Manchester United: if it feels like a vicious circle is probably because it is. After Toni Kroos and Thomas Mueller, now it’s Bastian Schweinsteiger turn to be linked with a move to Old Trafford and while the German has been on United’s radar for a while, Louis Van Gaal could be about to get serious and submit a bid for the Bayern midfielder.
Having miss out on Mueller, who yesterday signed a new deal with the Bavarian giants after having been told he’s pivotal to Pep Guardiola’s plan, and with Kroos likely to either remain in Bavaria or end up elsewhere, according to reports United are allegedly ready to bid in the region of £23m for Schweinsteiger.
Alexis Sanchez is the latest name to appear on Louis Van Gaal’s list after the Dutch manager was thought to be monitoring the Barcelona winger with a view to a potential bid this summer.
With the World Cup barely a day away, the returning loanees Bebe and Anderson are the only new arrivals at United and a situation that looked so promising when the Holland manager was appointed ahead of next season now looks increasingly resembling of the farce that unfolded last season, when United’s transfer window went from bad to Marouane Fellaini.
Van Gaal is said to be an admirer of the Barcelona man and he will get to monitor him from close up when Holland face Chile during the World Cup but while the Chilean would slot in perfectly in Van Gaal’s preferred 4-3-3 formation, United could face strong competition from a host of other clubs.
David Moyes believes the days of long term planning at United are long gone.
That’s quite something to say by a manager who was given a six year contract despite never winning anything. A man who was given an entire season to improve the standard of football he dragged the club into playing, but never did. A man whose long term future would have been cemented purely by showing the club and its fans just a few seeds of hope in order to continue to receive their full backing. The signs never improved, neither did Moyes’ pathetic interview skills
In just a few short months, Moyes proved he was not up to the task of managing one of the biggest clubs in football despite being given one of the most faithful, long-term contracts ever handed out by any club.
Atletico Madrid midfielder, Koke, has today cast doubt over the possibility of any move to Old Trafford with his insistence of happiness at what he call his “home”.
United have long been linked with a potential move for Koke and were rumoured to be preparing a buy-out clause triggering £48m bid in the hope of luring him away from the current La Liga champions, those hopes seem to have been dashed by the players latest comments.
Manchester United have moved in for FC Dnipro star Yevhen Konoplyanka.
Liverpool have been long-term admirers of the Ukrainian and failed in a last minute deadline day bid to bring the highly rated midfielder to the Premier League in January but United are now favourites to secure the 24-year-old’s signature this summer.
Rafael has insisted the players should shoulder the blame for United’s abysmal showing last season and that him and his team-mates are the only figures responsible for United’s worst season since 1989-90, as United finished seventh and missed out on European football altogether for the first time in over two decades.
The Brazilian right-back was a regular under David Moyes, before an injury picked up in March sidelined him for the remainder of the campaign, as Ryan Giggs replaced the sacked Moyes for the last four games, trying to inject some momentum in a squad that had looked shambolic for the previous nine months.