Louis Van Gaal will start his Manchester United career with only one objective in mind, according to former Ajax and Barcelona striker Patrick Kluivert, who believes the former Holland manager is determined to win the title in his inaugural season.
The 62-year-old took charge of his first training session yesterday and will be officially unveiled today as Manchester United manager and Kuivert, who was Van Gaal’s assistant with Holland, believes the Dutchman has set his sights firmly on finishing top of the league at the end of the season.
Louis Van Gaal could axe between six and 10 players in his first month at Manchester United, with the Dutchman determined to strip his squad ahead of the upcoming season by offloading players he deems to be surplus to requirements.
Van Gaal introduced himself to the squad yesterday, took charge of his first training session in the afternoon and will officially be unveiled as new Manchester United manager today but, even though he hasn’t seen all of his players in action, the 62-year-old has already been active behind the scenes.
Arturo Vidal will not join Manchester United this summer, according to Juventus general manager, Giuseppe Marotta, who insisted the Chile international is “not for sale” and “happy to be at the club”, despite rumours suggesting otherwise over the last couple of weeks.
Vidal has long been linked with a move to Old Trafford this summer, with reports suggesting he could be moving to United for around £32m, while other sources claimed United would try and get the Chilean for a cheaper fee and some reports in the Italian press last night suggested that United were ready to present a €44m – £35m – offer for the 27-year-old.
The Manchester United’s 2014 summer clearout shows no sign of stopping and could soon claim a high profile casualty, with Nani firmly on AC Milan radar, according to reports in Italy.
Italian broadcaster Sky Italia reports that the Rossoneri have made the 27-year-old one of their targets, after their pursuit of Torino winger and Italy international Alessio Cerci has stalled due to Torino’s refusal to sell the former Fiorentina man, whose performances last season earned him plenty of admirers.
A year on from the abdication of Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United remain in a limbo. The much planned succession led not to an expected summer of triumph but to a ten-month long winter of turgid football, impotent crosses and Marouane Fellaini. Less than a year after a sacking at Old Trafford seemed unthinkable, the fans were as desperate for one as an addict seeking a hit. To rub salt into the gaping wound, Manchester City, the noisy neighbours, smugly conducted their own succession with the proficiency and serenity of seasoned footballing operators. Continue reading
Manchester United have been handed an unexpected boost in their pursuit of Chile international Arturo Vidal after Juventus manager Antonio Conte announced he was to leave the Serie A champions.
Earlier today, various news outlets had claimed United had baulked at Juventus’ demands of £34m for the Chilean midfielder and were set to move onto other targets, after Louis Van Gaal had allegedly instructed the club to look for alternatives to Vidal, who has strongly been linked with a move to United over the last couple of weeks.
The World Cup has been brilliant, with many fans sharing their belief that it has been the best tournament that they can remember. I agree, but with all the hype of the World Cup in full flow, I can’t help but feel more excited for the coming season than I have done about any previous tournament or Premier League campaign. The feeling of football returning to Old Trafford is something that will always remain unparalleled.
It’s two days until the Manchester United obsession can begin again, and whilst Louis has a few days off with his family, United are moving. The £750M kit deal with Adidas has been officially announced, and it is clear that we remain active in the transfer market; You only have to type #Vidal in to Twitter for reports to suggest that a deal for the Chilean maestro is imminent.
As Mario Gotze inscribed his name in the history books by scoring the goal that clinched Germany’s first World Cup in 24 years, one wonders how Shinji Kagawa must have felt. The Japanese would have undoubtedly been happy to see his former teammate shine on the biggest stage of them all and perhaps he also thought that he too still has a chance of redemption.
Integral figures to the Dortmund side that won back-to-back titles in 2011 and 2012, neither Gotze nor Kagawa excelled after leaving the Westfalenstadion and while the former has largely atoned his inconsistent form for Bayern Munich by carving himself a spot into Germans hearts, the latter must be hoping that one of the biggest characters of the 2014 World Cup will give him another chance to shine at Old Trafford.