Two sides of an entirely different coin.
As David Moyes put out his cigarette, got out of bed, dressed and left without saying goodbye, Manchester United Football Club curled up in the foetal position wondering why any of this had happened.
Why degrade yourself like this? Why lower your standards? Why put up with such inadequacy. After spending so long becoming who you are, why let one moment of weakness fill you with a lifetime of regret?
Tom Cleverley has vowed to prove his critics wrong this season, as he seeks to establish himself as a regular in Louis Van Gaal’s formation, after a troublesome campaign that saw him become a pantomime villain for the United supporters.
Cleverley’s dismal performances attracted strong criticism from section of United fans last season, while some England supporters went as far as setting up an online petition to prevent the 24-year-old from being selected in Roy Hodgson’s World Cup squad. Cleverley, however, has looked a better player under Van Gaal during United’s pre-season tour and is determined to silence the critics this season.
Javier Hernandez and Shinji Kagawa could soon be heading for the Old Trafford’s exit door, with Atletico Madrid thought to be considering a double swoop for the pair, who have largely been on the fringe of Louis Van Gaal’s squad this pre-season.
The United manager said on Monday that he was keen to trim his squad ahead of the start of the season and while United are still looking to resolve the future of Marouane Fellaini, Anderson and Nani, both Hernandez and Kagawa could be a step closer to leaving the club, with the Spanish champions a likely destination.
Louis Van Gaal will accelerate Manchester United’s summer clearout once the team returns from their US tour and he’s expected to inform a few players, likely to include Marouane Fellaini, Nani, Shinji Kagawa and Anderson, that they’re surplus to requirements at the club and that they can find themselves another club.
The Dutchman said he would have no problems in telling each player face-to-face about his choices and while he admitted he’d like a bit more time to assess his squad, Van Gaal has also confirmed that the curtains will come down for a lot of players between now and the end of the transfer window.
Darren Fletcher believes Manchester United can win the league this season and claimed the team is getting stronger and more confident under Louis Van Gaal’s tutelage, with the Dutchman having already gone some distance into bringing back the club’s “winning mentality” in the dressing room.
United booked a spot in tonight’s International Champions Cup final after a 3-1 win over Real Madrid on Saturday, their third win in four games on their US tour (United required penalties to get the better of Inter Milan) and Fletcher insisted the players are relishing the opportunity to face Liverpool and are in a confident mood have some good displays.
For a large percentage of Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United tenure, he has been bombarded with questions regarding his transfer plans. It’s something which is only being fuelled by the noises coming from the board of a limitless budget.
So far, as United tour the USA, van Gaal has humoured journalists with responses filled with a level of patience. LvG has arrived under a cloud of him being a dictator, so you sense he’s keen to dispel this by giving his current crop a chance.
Manchester United are set to bid £12m for Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen after receiving the green light from Arsene Wenger, as the Arsenal manager admitted the Belgian could leave the Emirates between now and the end of the transfer window.
The Guardian reports that United are ready to open negotiations with Arsenal for a player considered to be one Louis Van Gaal’s main targets of the summer, but they’ll face stiff competition from Barcelona, who could have a slight advantage in the race to sign the Belgian, given Arsenal would prefer selling Vermaelen abroad than to a direct rival.
Another day another barrage of clickbait articles posted from around the World regurgitating all the rumours surrounding the endless list of names reported to be targets for Manchester United’s summer spending spree.
The last 24hrs have been especially so with the rumour mill doing overtime on the Arturo Vidal case, but has respected Italian agent, Andrea D’Amico, thrown us the biggest clue yet that perhaps, just perhaps, Vidal really is on his way out of Juventus and into the welcoming arms of Manchester United or can Vidal’s name be added to the illustrious list of those that never happened?