Jul 03 2014

United to offload midfield flop?

Tag: Transfer Rumours @ 8:13 am

Brazil Soccer WCup Belgium AlgeriaIn news that will surprise absolutely no one, Marouane Fellaini might have to find himself another club before next season, given Louis Van Gaal is seemingly intent to offload the Belgian international, with reports claiming the Dutchman has gone as far as making obvious that Fellaini “isn’t a Manchester United player.”

After arriving to Old Trafford on deadline day last season for a staggering £27m, Fellaini became the embodiment of David Moyes’ disastrous season as, much like his manager, the Belgian looked totally out of his depth, clueless at the best of time and an extremely poor deal from a financial point of view.

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Jul 02 2014

Midfield target will cost United £37m

Tag: Transfer Rumours @ 11:58 am

Portugal-v-Ghana-Group-G-2014-FIFA-World-Cup-BrazilManchester United will have to pay £37m if they’re to secure William Carvalho’s signing, as Sporting Lisbon have made clear that they will only part ways with the 22-year-old if Carvalho’s release clause is paid in full.

Yesterday, reports in various Portuguese newspapers suggested that United were set to open talks with Sporting with an initial bid thought to be in the region of €30m (£23.7m) but the Lisbon club have swiftly declared that United’s only chance to sign Carvalho this summer is to trigger his buy-out clause.

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Jul 01 2014

United ready to launch bid for midfielder

Tag: Transfer Rumours @ 12:05 pm

4417800Manchester United are set to submit an official bid for Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho, according to reports in the Portuguese media. United have tracked the 22-year-old for months now and were thought to have agreed a deal for the midfielder back in April soon before David Moyes was relieved of his duties and ushered through the exit door at Old Trafford.

The former United manager and his scouts watched Carvalho almost 20 times last season and the club looks set to open talks with Sporting Lisbon for the youngster, who was one of the standout players in the Portuguese league last season and who has attracted interest from a host of European clubs, including Barcelona, Arsenal and Chelsea.

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Jul 01 2014

United close in on third signing

Tag: Transfer Rumours @ 7:37 am

Vermaelen-485875Thomas Vermaelen looks set to move to Manchester United this summer, with different sources suggesting that Louis Van Gaal is determined to bring the Belgian centre-back to Old Trafford to replace the departed Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand and the 28-year-old could be United’s third summer signing, following the arrivals on Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera at the end of last week.

The Arsenal captain was first linked with United almost two weeks ago but he has since denied he had any intentions of leaving the Emirates, while the North London club issued a statement dismissing the rumours linking their captain with a summer move as simple speculations.

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Jun 30 2014

United turned down World Cup star

James RodriguezManchester United turned down the opportunity to sign Colombia star James Rodriguez for as little as £5m a couple of seasons ago, preferring instead to pursuit other options and, to add insult to injury, ended up signing Bebe – £2m more expensive than Rodriguez and with a fraction of the talent.

United were first approached by intermediaries in 2010, the Guardian reports, when Rodriguez, 18 at the time, was carving out a reputation for himself at Club Atletico Banfield in the Argentine’s first division, having made his professional debut a year earlier when he became the youngest ever foreigner to play in the Argentine top-flight.

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Jun 29 2014

United’s third signing all but done?

Tag: Transfer Rumours @ 10:45 am

stefan-de-vrij_1Manchester United look to have clinched their third deal of the summer, with Holland centre-back Stefan De Vrij thought to have agreed a move to Old Trafford in a deal worth £8m.

With United looking to fill the gap left by the departures of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic, Porto’s Eliaquim Mangala and Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels were linked with a move to Old Trafford this summer but it looks as if Louis Van Gaal has instead opted for the Feyenoord defender.

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Jun 29 2014

Van Gaal and United keen on former City man

Tag: Transfer Rumours @ 10:10 am

53a6c1461bc4b_nigelFormer Manchester City midfielder Nigel de Jong could be set for a return to the Premier League, with reports on both the English and Italian media suggesting Louis Van Gaal has been so impressed with the 29-year-old’s performances at the World Cup that he’s looking to bring the midfielder to Old Trafford this summer.

De Jong is the latest Dutchman to be linked with a move to Old Trafford and Italian sports newspaper Corriere dello Sport last week claimed the 29-year-old had emerged a surprise target for United, while today’s Daily Express confirms United are set to open talks with AC Milan.

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Jun 28 2014

World Cup predictions: Netherlands, France and Belgium to win

Tag: Match Preview,Opinion Piece @ 8:00 am


For United fans – once the England mess is cleared away – the World Cup has been as interesting from a managerial standpoint as it has been from a players standpoint.

With United manager Louis van Gaal taking Netherlands to the Round of 16, Netherlands v Mexico will be watched for LvG’s tactical approach to the game more than it’ll be appreciated for the talents of United strikers Robin van Persie and Javier Hernandez.

In fact, with Manchester United still looking to sign a central defender, fans will be watching Netherlands’s Bruno Martins Indi with a lot of interest too.

The Dutch are favourites against a Mexico side that’s only met expectations by qualifying for the group stages, and how these two teams more comfortable on the counter play will be interesting to watch.

The Sunday game isn’t the only one with United players involved – Patrice Evra will start for France in their game against Nigeria and Marouane Fellaini is expected to start (with Adnan Januzaj on the bench?) for Belgium in their game against the USA.

France were unimpressive in their 0-0 draw against 10-man Ecuador in their final group game, however they should eb a different prospect altogether when it comes to Nigeria. Evra’s ability to create chances from the left flank will be important considering Nigeria have kept two clean sheets so far in this World Cup.

For Belgium, Fellaini will be crucial against a fast and aggressive USA team, and if he can lead Belgium to the quarters it will only bode well for United – we need him playing at his best, and he has seemed to grow in confidence in this World Cup.

Predictions: Netherlands, France and Beligum to win. Good odds on this acca if you’re looking for a betting tip. Also, RvP to score.

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