Paul Scholes has described new Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal as a man possessing “the Midas touch”, but admitted the Dutchman will have to perform at his best if he is to bring United back to the Premier League’s summit.
In his latest blog for bookmaker Paddy Power, Scholes pointed at Van Gaal’s influence in guiding a good, but by no means vintage, Holland team to the semifinal and claimed fans and players alike will be excited by the prospect of the former Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern manager taking charge at Old Trafford.
As the cliche goes, what a difference a year makes. 12 months ago David Moyes’ tenure at Manchester United was in its infancy and while the host of names linked with a move to Old Trafford had started to sound a little odd, not even the most pessimistic of us could have foreseen the shambles that unfolded between July and September, let alone the farce that followed until April.
Or, perhaps, some could and indeed had predicted the ordeal the club would face last season, which would explain the sense of excitement that has surrounded United since Louis Van Gaal was appointed as United manager just before the World Cup kicked off in Brazil.
Manchester United are lining up Wolfsburg’s left-back Ricardo Rodriguez as a potential replacement for Patrice Evra, who looks increasingly likely to leave Old Trafford this summer, despite having signed a 12-month extension in May.
With Juventus looking to secure Evra’s services in the next couple of weeks and with Alex Buttner gone to Dynamo Moscow, Luke Shaw could find himself as the only left-back in the squad come the start of the season and while the England international is a great prospect, Louis Van Gaal is thought to be keen to bring in another left-back to provide competition for the former Southampton man.
Manchester United have revealed the new kit for the upcoming 2014-15 season and, sadly, it looks as tacky as we all expected after watching the trailer United released just over a week ago.
An enormous golden “Chevrolet” logo has replaced the “AON” brand that had characterised United’s shirts over the last three seasons, while the white collar returns after a two-season long absence and a label inside the collar carries the words “Youth, Courage, Greatness” which isn’t every United missed under David Moyes but, according to United’s official website, the pillars upon which the club is built.
Strange though as it might sound, Marouane Fellaini looks to have attracted interest from a few European clubs and reports in Italy claim Fiorentina could soon be open talks with United for the Belgian midfielder.
Last week reports suggesting that Louis Van Gaal had told Ed Woodward “Fellaini wasn’t a United player” emerged, before the former Everton man told Sky Sports that he “had nothing to prove” despite a dismal debut season at Old Trafford and that he remained confident his future would be resolved this summer.
Manchester United look set to open talks for Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal this week, with reports in both the English and the Italian media suggesting that United are growing increasingly confident of being able to lure the Chilean away from Turin, providing the offer put together is tempting enough for the Serie A champions.
United have monitored Vidal’s situation for months now but, after the 28-year-old impressive performances at the World Cup, they have seemingly decided to grab the bull by its horns and will test Juventus’ resolve with a first formal offer, which could arrive as early as this week.
Patrice Evra could leave Manchester United early next week, after having reportedly found an agreement with the club which will allow him to move to Juventus this summer.
The Frenchman has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford for over 12 months, first as David Moyes launched in what proved to be an ultimately fruitless pursuit of Everton’s left-back Leighton Baines and then when United had emerged as front runners in the race to sign England international Luke Shaw.
Former Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic was today unveiled as an Inter Milan player, at the Serie A club’s official season launch and Vida had some words for his former club and on his new adventure.
“It is one of the biggest clubs in the world, it has won the Champions League and many domestic trophies,” said Vidic, who left Old Trafford as a free agent at the end of last season after spending eight and half years at United since arriving from Spartak Moscow in January 2006.