Manchester United defender Jonny Evans has emerged as a target for West Bromwich Albion, as Louis Van Gaal looks to streamline his squad ahead of deadline day.
According to ESPN, United are prepared to sell Evans, who has fallen behind Chris Smalling, Daley Blind, Phil Jones and even Paddy McNair in the pecking order, in this transfer window and West Brom are the latest of a number of clubs understood to be keen to sign the Norther Ireland international.
Jasper Cillessen has ruled himself out of a move to Manchester United this summer by claiming he will remain at Ajax until the end of the season.
The Holland international was by many indicated as the favourite to succeed David De Gea at Old Trafford, but with United not willing to budge over the Spaniard’s desire to move to Real Madrid, it appears extremely unlikely that Louis Van Gaal will sign a new goalkeeper this summer.
Morgan Schneiderlin said he aims to emulate Roy Keane and become as a pivotal a figure for the club as the Irishman was during his 12-season spell at Old Trafford.
Schneiderlin, signed from Southampton for £25m earlier this summer, has been one of United’s best players in their first three games of the season, displaying the kind of form that has seen going from League One to become a France international.
After an excellent performance on their return to European competition, many were hoping that Manchester United’s improved form would carry to their league game against Newcastle. However, while United looked good for long periods of the game, creating multiple chances, they struggled to put the chances away. The performance was better than the first two league games, but the same old doubts resurfaced.
Manchester United’s winning start to the season came to an abrupt end on Saturday, as Louis Van Gaal’s men slumped to disappointing 0-0 draw against Newcastle.
Having started with purpose and intensity, United soon faded away as they were hampered by the now all too familiar anaemic strike-force, even though Wayne Rooney had a goal ruled out for offside.
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After a year in the wilderness, Manchester United returned to European action by hosting Club Brugge of Belgium for the first-leg of the play-off match to reach the group stage.
United came into the game after winning their first two games of the season 1-0, which are a valuable 6 points but they still haven’t looked all that convincing. The Belgians are further into their season than the Mancunians, beating Panathinaikos 4-2 in the third qualifying round of the Champions League, in addition to 4 league games. A game that started slowly for United eventually turned into one of their best performances under Louis Van Gaal.
Wayne Rooney has claimed his critics have judged him too soon this season, insisting he’s only had one “bad game” so far and that he will prove himself over the next nine months.
The United striker was at his ineffectual worst during his side’s first two Premier League games of the campaign against Spurs and Aston Villa, and while he looked slightly better against Club Brugge on Tuesday, many are starting to doubt whether he can be the 20-goal-a-season striker Louis Van Gaal needs.