With two less than two weeks left in the transfer window and United in desperate need of reinforcements, after their opening game of the season ended in a dismal 2-1 defeat against Swansea at home, the rumour mill has kicked into overdrive, as Louis Van Gaal has allegedly told Edward Woodward he must deliver before the window shuts.
United have been linked with over a dozen footballers this summer and, alongside Arturo Vidal, Angel Di Maria’s name has been a recurrent theme this summer.
The stinging pain in the stomach following watching Manchester United all last season has returned. Yet somehow it stings a little sharper this weekend.
It predominantly stems from raised hopes and anticipation, caused by pre-season flair and panache, coupled with an unbeaten record against high class opposition. But the more level headed sections of the United faithful perhaps didn’t quite carry the same level of expectation.
Judging a book by its cover is often a misguided and short-sighted activity to indulge into, but there are times when even the most composed and sensible of souls tend to be carried away and make irrational and rushed judgments.
It’s something a lot of United fans were guilty of this summer. A positive pre-season, a world class manager replacing David Moyes’ tactical inadequacies and his turgid football and, in the eyes of many, United were poised for a return to the glory days of the Fergie era in the blink of an eye.
Yesterday’s defeat against Swansea proved things might not be a simple this season, despite Louis Van Gaal’s arrival. Here’s five things we have learnt.
Louis Van Gaal admitted Manchester United need more signings and revealed the team’s confidence was shattered by defeat in their opening game of the season against Swansea.
The Dutchman’s first Premier League game ended in a 2-1 defeat, with United showing all the familiar issues that had emerged last season, while a lack of signings and injuries forced Van Gaal’s hand into deploying players out of position, resulting in a lacklustre performance and a horrible start to the season.
A Salford teenager named after Manchester United legend, Eric Cantona, has been charged with armed robbery.
Adam Eric Cantona Doyle, 18, from Salford is due before Wigan Magistrates next week and will be joined by three others charged with the robbery of a Wigan Co-op.
Were you named after a United player or know anyone who was? I know I was. It’s not unusual to have a first name or middle name thanks to your Dad’s favourite player, but an entire name? That’s a bit unusual…..isn’t it?
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Paul Scholes has described Louis Van Gaal as a “mad genius” and has claimed Manchester United will not win the league this season, as they haven’t strengthened their squad enough, compared to what their Premier League rivals have done.
The former United midfield maestro is confident the club have got the right man to steady the ship after a disastrous 12 months and towards a top four finish, but Scholes insists a title challenge is beyond the current squad’s capabilities, as they lack quality in midfield, despite the arrival of Ander Herrera.
In the late 1970s, throughout the “Darkness on The Edge of Town tour”, Bruce Springsteen used to add a verse to one of his signature songs, Backstreets, in which the song’s main character bemoaned being betrayed by the girl he loved.
“You lied,” sang Springsteen, initially in a melancholic, matter of fact voice, before following the music’s crescendo to utter those words in a mixture of ferocious anger and disgust.
Manchester United are targeting AS Roma centre-back Mehdi Benatia, as Louis Van Gaal looks to bolster his defensive options, after missing out on Thomas Vermaelen and Mats Hummels.
ESPN claims that sources within the club are adamant the United manager is determined to bring in two players between Benatia, Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo before the end of the transfer window, as Van Gaal currently has only three centre-backs at his disposal and the injury to Luke Shaw complicates things even further.
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