In today’s press conference Louis Van Gaal confirmed that United would be happy to have Cristiano Ronaldo back at the club.
Though he remained coy on whether there would be an attempt to bring the Real Madrid forward to Old Trafford. The manager conceded that Ronaldo is the type of player he would want in his team.
The rumours linking Cristiano Ronaldo with a return to Manchester United simply refuse to go away, as the Portuguese has apparently grown increasingly frustrated with life in Madrid and could leave the Bernabeu next summer.
Since leaving the club in the summer of 2009, Ronaldo has become an even better player than he was at United, scoring 256 goals in 251 appearances in all competitions for Real Madrid, but various reports have suggested that the 29-year-old is looking to engineer a move away from Madrid and back to United at the end of the season.
Rio Ferdinand has hit out at David Moyes for trying to impose a vision on United, despite the Scotsman, who was also lambasted for adopting “embarrassing” tactics, himself not being too clear about the plan.
Ferdinand returned to Old Trafford on Sunday after leaving the club on a free transfer in the summer, having brought a 10-year career at United to an end in disappointing fashion as the club endured an absolute nightmare of a season under the former Everton manager, who was criticised by Ferdinand for creating a “bad vibe”.
Phil Jones out for a month
In today’s press conference Louis Van Gaal revealed that Phil Jones is the latest to hand in his sick note, taking United’s total number of injuries to nine.
“Fellaini is more than a month away, Jones maybe three weeks or a month,” said Van Gaal.
“Carrick isn’t ready but has run for the first time on grass.”
“Johnstone has elbow problems, Smalling isn’t fit enough, Wilson and James are not ready yet. Young and Lingard are also injured,” added the United manager.
The boss had some positive news, claiming that Luke Shaw is fit and will be able to make his debut on Sunday.
It is unclear whether United will still continue with three in defence on Sunday or whether it will be a four man back line, throwing new signings Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind in at the deep end.
Regardless, it must be questioned what on earth is going on in the fitness department at United.
Radamel Falcao has said he wants to remain at Manchester United after his loan deal expires at the end of the season and that he wants to “make history” at the club.
The Colombian was a surprising signing on deadline day, as he arrived from Monaco in a season-long loan for £6m, a move which some said was a desperate one. However, with the possibility of making his switch to United permanent at the end of the season, Falcao has indicated he wants to remain at the club.
Tom Cleverley admitted he was relieved to leave Manchester United after he was targeted by section of the supporters and said in football it’s impossible to please everyone.
Cleverley joined Aston Villa a day after deadline day after a proposed move to Everton fell through and he insisted he was happy to leave Old Trafford behind, after some of the fans made him a scapegoat for the team’s failures last season.
Ryan Giggs and Nicky Butt have said that Manchester United will continued to develop young players as they’ve always done and that the club isn’t moving away from its traditions, despite this summer’s £150m spending spree.
The sale of Danny Welbeck to Arsenal had prompted many to claim that United were abandoning long-term prospects for immediate gain and Eric Harrison, coach of the Class of 92, to claim United were losing “their soul” as a consequence.
Gary Neville has launched an attack on Manchester United’s transfer policy this summer, claiming the club lacks control and that they’ve overpaid for some of their summer signings.
Neville also criticised the club’s decision of parting way with Danny Welbeck, a choice that Neville said he was struggling to understand, while the former United right-back insisted the £150m United have splurged this summer were the result of poor strategy and overpaying players.