Vidal; a tale of desperation and despair.
The Oxford dictionary defines despair as ‘the complete loss or absence of hope’. Most United fans may have different definitions. Watching Ashley Young receive the ball 30 yards inside the opposition half, turn, and play the ball back 60 yards to the keeper. Eagerly awaiting the team sheet only to see Anderson and Tom Cleverley are the starting midfield pair.
Louis Van Gaal is ready to axe seven players of the current United squad ahead of the new season but Shinji Kagawa will remain at Old Trafford, according to reports that emerged last night.
The United manager had been expected to individually tell the players he considers to be surplus to requirements that they were free to find themselves a new club after evaluating them throughout United’s summer tour and, according to the Daily Mail, seven players have been told they’ve no future at Old Trafford.
Louis Van Gaal has reiterated he’s unhappy with his current squad and has insisted Manchester United need to buy a world class winger this summer if they’re serious about returning to the levels expected of them.
United’s summer started in style with the arrivals of Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera but with just a week left until the start of the season the squad at Van Gaal’s disposal remains unbalanced and short of options, despite Ed Woodward’s bullish claims that United “had not budget” and could financially compete with the biggest teams in the world.
Manchester United are set to miss out on Thomas Vermaelen, after the Belgian’s move to Old Trafford was believed to be off, as Arsenal blocked the deal for their captain.
The Belgian had been linked with a switch to United this summer, after falling behind Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker in the pecking order at the Emirates and Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, had admitted the 28-year-old could leave North London between now and the end of the transfer window.
Reports have emerged that long-time rumoured Manchester United target, Marco Reus, will become available NEXT summer for a mere £19.8m.
Reus’ release clause was always believed to become active next summer before he reached the last year of his contract but that value was reportedly set at £27m; a price that looks a decent price given the current transfer market.
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.