After a disappointing season under David Moyes leaves United missing out on Champion’s League football this coming season and a truly awful viewing experience for even the most hardcore Red Devil fan, the board did what they should have done a year earlier and conducted an extensive search for a suitable manager to ensure they didn’t repeat the errors made replacing the retiring Sir Alex Ferguson.
After appointing Louis Van Gaal as the new manager, he went on to lead the Dutch national team to an unexpected third place finish in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
There isn’t just Arturo Vidal on Manchester United’s radar this summer, and Louis Van Gaal might have already moved to secure another World Cup star, if reports in Spain are to be believed.
Spanish newspaper El Mundo Deportivo today suggests that United have tabled a €38m – £30m – offer for Colombia international Juan Cuadrado, who’s attracted interest from a host of different clubs this summer, including United and Barcelona. It is an interesting development, given that on Tuesday another Spanish newspaper, Sport, claimed that both clubs were ready to go head-to-head in the race for the Fiorentina player, after La Viola‘s manager, Vincenzo Montella, admitted that Cuadrado’s future remained uncertain.
Juan Mata admitted Manchester United players were given a first glimpse of what to expect from Louis Van Gaal when he’s disappointed, after the Dutchman made clear he was far from impressed by his team’s 3-2 win over AS Roma in Denver on Saturday.
United won their inaugural match in the International Champions Cup but looked far from their best and almost scuppered a three-goal lead as Roma scored twice in the last 20 minutes, leading Van Gaal to criticise some of his players’ performances, including Mata’s. However, far from seeking excuses for his performance, the Spaniard insisted Van Gaal’s demand for perfection and almost obsessive attention to detail is exactly what United need.
Manchester United are ready to table a €60m – €48m – bid for Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal and they’ve also already contacted the Chilean’s agent over the financial package they are ready to offer to the midfielder, according to reports in Italy.
La Gazzetta dello Sport claims that Vidal’s agent, Fernando Felicevich, is due to arrive in Turin tonight to meet Juventus’ manager Massimiliano Allegri and the Serie A champions’ general manager, Giuseppe Marotta, and during their meeting Juventus will be made aware that United are ready to offer Vidal €8m – £6.3m – a season plus bonuses for the next four seasons.
Jose Mourinho believes the signing of Luke Shaw would have killed his current club, Chelsea, had they have pursued his signature.
Mourinho was interested in the ex-Southampton left-back but the 19-year-old chose to move to Manchester United ahead of Chelsea this summer in a £28m deal.
In an attempt to silence youngsters within his own squad, Mourinho insists that, had he agreed to Shaw’s wage demands, the dressing room at Stamford Bridge would have been in uproar.
So, the new era as begun. Louis Van Gaal’s Manchester United crushed the L.A.Galaxy 7-0 in a testimony to Oranje style and an affirmation that Woodward and the Glazer’s may have finally got the right man, twelve months too late….
That 12 months resulted in an enforced hiatus for United, an enforced break for myself due to work and health reasons. But, we’re both back!!!
I thought I’d re-introduce myself with a chat to America based podcaster, @NipunChopra7, about all things United. Here’s how it went…..
Arsenal could be doing Manchester United a massive favour this summer by taking Nani off their hands, with reports in the Portuguese press suggesting the Gunners could soon table an offer for the United misfit.
Despite signing a five-year deal 12 months ago, Nani has been linked with an exit from Old Trafford since the January transfer window and, somewhat mysteriously given his appalling performances, the Portuguese looks to have attracted interest from a host of European clubs, including Juventus, Inter Milan, AC Milan and Galatasaray.
Phil Jones has revealed Manchester United have already embraced Louis Van Gaal’s tactical revolution and despite having been in charge for less than two weeks, the Dutchman has already won many admirers within the United squad, particularly thanks to his footballing philosophy.
Jones impressed in United’s 7-0 mauling of Los Angeles Galaxy on Thursday and the 22-year-old has insisted he’s happy to adapt to Van Gaal’s new 3-5-2 system, if that means finally being handed an extended run is his preferred position, after spending his first three season at the club covering a variety of roles.