Manchester United target Toni Kroos has admitted his future remains up in the air after revealing that he’s no closer to committing his future to Bayern Munich, despite the fact that two of his teammates, Philip Lahm and Thomas Mueller, have put pen to paper on new deals with the 2012-13 European champions.
Lahm, the Germany and Bayern captain, extended his contract until 2018 while Mueller, who netted a hat-trick as Germany dismantled Portugal 4-0 in their first game at the World Cup, will remain with the Bavarian club until 2019 but the impasse over Kroos’ deal is still far from being resolved.
The 18th of June was the day that Louis Van Gaal, Manchester United fans and football fans in general waited for with anticipation.Van Gaal ,who probably had most of his attention fixed on his teams World Cup clash with Australia later on in the day, will more than likely be pleased with the fixture list handed to him as will the majority of fans, for United’s start to the season looks a lot less demanding than the extremely tough start David Moyes was given last season.
United start off against Swansea at home , the same opening day fixture as last season which will give Van Gaal an early chance – one which, admittedly, will be influenced by United’s business in the transfer window – to show the Old Trafford crowd what they can expect to see in the following months and, perhaps, years. On paper at least, he next seven games are all very winnable, with the only real test coming in the shape of Everton, who visit Old Trafford on October 4th, and United will be looking to put the two disastrous defeats against the Toffees last season behind them.
With 14 players in the final 23 for each country, Manchester United will have the third largest contingent in Brazil.
FC Barcelona and Chelsea are the only clubs to have more representatives, with 16 and 15 respectively.
However, of the top three clubs represented in the World Cup, Man Utd is the only one with players from each line of play. Furthermore, it is the only team with a manager currently engaged in the tournament.
Alex Buttner has claimed that Louis Van Gaal’s arrival at Manchester United has convinced him it’s time to bring his United career to an end and he’ll leave Old Trafford in the summer, with Russian Premier League outfit Dynamo Moscow his most probable destination.
The Dutch left-back was a surprise signing from Vitesse Arnhem two years ago and failed to establish himself at United, playing just 28 times for the first team – even though, bizarrely, he claimed he was named man of the match 14 times over his first two seasons at the club – and with Patrice Evra extending his contract for another 12 months and Southampton’s Luke Shaw firmly on Van Gaal’s radar, Buttner’s time at United is very much up.
Manchester United will open their Premier League campaign against Swansea on August 16th at Old Trafford, before facing Sunderland and newly-promoted Burnley away in consecutive weeks and will end their campaign away at Hull. Louis Van Gaal will face his first big test as Manchester United manager on October 25th as the Reds host Chelsea, before traveling across town to face City the following week, with a trip to the Emirates three weeks after that. United host Liverpool on December 13, while the festive period sees them at home against Newcastle on Boxing Day, away at Spurs on December 28th and away at Stoke on New Year’s Day.
As always, the summer transfer window involves a lot of speculation, and a large amount of conjecture concerning the potential transfer of players, and so far this summer has been no different with United seemingly being favourites to sign every player in the world.
Prior to the dismissal of David Moyes, United were linked with a series of players, namely; Marco Reus, Toni Kroos, Ezequial Garay, Cesc Fabregas and Luke Shaw. Since the appointment of Louis Van Gaal, the targets appear to have changed dramatically with only Luke Shaw seemingly interesting the new manager.
Manchester United might need to include a player as well as a fee in the £10m region to convince Arsenal to let Thomas Vermaelen go, according to reports from different sources.
Yesterday news emerged that the Belgian international was thought to have agreed a deal in principle to move to Old Trafford this summer, putting an end to a five-year spell at the Emirates and join the Louis Van Gaal’s revolution, thus substantially increasing his salary, with United set to offer him £100,000-a-week compared to his current £70,000-a-week deal.
Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen has agreed to join Manchester United this summer and he could become Louis Van Gaal’s first signing if the two clubs manage to agree a fee for the Belgium international.
The 28-year-old has just one year left on his current £70,000-a-week deal at the Emirates but while he remains the club’s captain – in May he lifted the FA Cup at Wembley even though he did not play a single minute in the final – he’s lost his starting spot to Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker and only managed 14 Premier League appearances last season.