Louis Van Gaal is looking to bring two members of his Holland squad to Old Trafford after the World Cup, with the United manager seemingly determined to ensure a deal is agreed for Feyenoord pair Jordy Clasie and Bruno Martins Indi.
Clasie and Martins Indi have emerged as some of the brightest talents in Dutch football and, despite being only 22 years of age, both have forced their way in the Holland squad and are widely expected to be in the starting XI for the Oranje’s opening fixture against Spain on June 13.
Danny Welbeck has hinted he might seek a move out of United despite the arrival of Louis Van Gaal after expressing his frustration at the number of time he’s been played out wide for the club over the last 12 months.
Welbeck endured a difficult season, with rumours linking him with a move away with the club after growing disillusioned with David Moyes’ training methods hitting the headlines, while a couple of injuries meant his campaign struggled to get any momentum at all, but Van Gaal’s appointment was thought to be a good enough reason for the England striker to remain at the club.
Having decided Toni Kroos is no longer worth pursuing, Manchester United are set to miss out on another Bayern Munich midfielder, with German international Thomas Mueller expected to decline Louis Van Gaal’s offer to join him at Old Trafford, while the Bavarian outfit remain reluctant to sell. Mueller was thought to be one of United’s main transfer targets this summer, for the German can play in three different roles and guarantees an excellent goalscoring return for a midfielder, providing United with exactly the sort of player they’ve sorely missed for over five years now.
Paul Scholes has claimed that Wayne Rooney might have already reached his peak and that Ed Woodward will have a lot to answer for if United do not complete a couple of world class signings this summer.
Rooney looked set to leave United last summer after relationship between him and Sir Alex Ferguson broke down, but was convinced to remain at the club by David Moyes and ended up signing a new five-year deal which will probably keep him at Old Trafford for the remainder of his career.
Manchester United have agreed a £20m deal for Bayern Munich midfielder and German international Toni Kroos, according to reports on today’s backpages which, quite frankly, seem too good to be true.
Kroos has been on United’s radar for a long while and United were thought to have approached both Bayern and Kroos’ agent after the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final in April even though there seemed to be no valid reason for the 24-year-old to leave the Bavarian giants.
Having finally been named as Manchester United manager, Louis Van Gaal seems determined to get one over Liverpool as quickly as he possibly can, by entering the race for one of Brendan Rodgers’ main transfer targets – Dnipro’s winger Yevhen Konoplyanka.
The Ukrainian international looked set to move to Anfield this summer for around £10m, even though Dnipro are reportedly unhappy with Liverpool’s attempt to lure one of their prized assets away from Ukraine on the final day of the January transfer window – a move which backfired in spectacular style for Rodgers, as Konoplyanka ended up remaining in Ukraine.
Destiny, like many other words, is a term often overused in football, but it’s difficult to dismiss it when it comes to Manchester United.
The 1999 Treble was clinched on what would have been Sir Matt Busby’s 90th birthday, while had George Best not departed this world, he would have enjoyed the celebrations for his 62th birthday as United lifted the European Cup in Moscow in 2008.
How apt then, that 12 months on from Sir Alex Ferguson’s last game in charge, United decided it was time to unveil the man tasked with the gargantuan job to restore the club in the upper echelon of English and, hopefully, European football.
Football’s worst-kept secret was finally revealed today, as Manchester United confirmed Louis Van Gaal as their new manager, after two weeks in which both parties involved had disguised themselves behind the usual smokescreens, with the Dutchman and United both happy to decline any agreement was in place.
However, less than a month after David Moyes was handed his P45, United have today confirmed that the Holland manager has signed a three-year deal with the club and will take charge after the World Cup, while Ryan Giggs has been confirmed as his assistant manager. The 62-year-old Dutchman will be joined at the club by Frans Hoek and Marcel Bout as assistant coaches.