Ryan Giggs has compared new Manchester United manager, Louis Van Gaal, to Sir Alex Ferguson, claiming both men have a special aura about them and both understand what it takes to make a team successful.
Van Gaal has only been in charge for nine days but that didn’t prevent him from getting his United career off to a flying start as the Reds trounced Los Angeles Galaxy 7-0 in their first pre-season friendly on Thursday, and Giggs believes what he’s seen of the Dutchman so far has a lot in common with what he experienced during the 23 years he played under Fergie.
Louis Van Gaal has vowed to stick with the 3-5-2 formation that marked United’s 7-0 win against LA Galaxy earlier this morning, as the Dutchman made his debut as Manchester United manager in the first pre-season friendly.
Wayne Rooney, Reece James and Ashley Young both grabbed two goals apiece, while Danny Welbeck was also on the scoresheet but the biggest point of focus of Van Gaal’s first game in charge was the 3-5-2 formation he opted to field, with Jonny Evans, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling at centre-backs and Luke Shaw and Antonio Valencia at wing-backs.
Luke Shaw claimed he didn’t have to think twice at the possibility of joining Manchester United, once he was made aware of the club’s interest a few months ago and the 19-year-old said replacing Patrice Evra won’t add pressure on his shoulders, as he’s relishing the opportunity to impress Louis Van Gaal on United’s pre-season tour.
United had been monitoring Shaw’s progress since the turn on the year but the England international looked poised to join Chelsea, the club he had supported throughout his childhood, until United beat them in the race for Shaw’s services. The 19-year-old, however, insisted that there was only one club he ever wanted to join.
Louis Van Gaal has been told by Manchester United that he’s free to break the world transfer record this summer to bring his intended targets to Old Trafford this summer.
United kick off their Premier League season against Swansea in less than a month but Van Gaal has effectively been in charge only for a week and a lot is expected to happen between now and August 15th, as far as both arrivals and departures are concerned. Alex Buttner, Federico Macheda and Patrice Evra have joined Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand out of the club with Anderson, Bebe and another couple of players expected to follow suit.
Manchester United have agreed to meet Louis Van Gaal’s demands over a shorter summer tour next year, after the Dutchman criticised the “dreadful distances” United have to travel in their US tour this summer and hinted the long trips could disrupt the team’s preparation ahead of next season.
United play in Pasadena – a 30-mile trip from Los Angeles, where the team is based – on Wednesday evening – early Thursday morning in the UK – and then face trips to Denver, Washington and Detroit and, potentially, a trip to Miami on August 4th if they reach the final of the International Champions Cup.
Louis Van Gaal has ordered his first major change as Manchester United manager. Unfortunately for those of us expecting it to be a one way ticket out of Manchester for Nani and Anderson, Van Gaal’s demand is for the training pitches at Carrington to be ripped up and replaced with the same surface in place at Old Trafford.
The Dutchman is in the States where United will take on LA Galaxy in their first pre-season friendly of their North American tour but that hasn’t stopped him from demanding changes to be made on the training pitches.
Patrice Evra has left Manchester United after nine seasons to join Serie A champions Juventus, the club have confirmed via a statement on their website.
Despite the fact that Evra had put pen to paper on a 12-month extension in May, his decision to leave Old Trafford after almost a decade was largely expected, particularly as his spot in the starting XI was put under serious scrutiny by Luke Shaw’s arrival. A hugely popular figure among fans and teammates, the Frenchman was one of the best left-backs United have had over the last three decades.
Ed Woodward has told Manchester United fans the club will be extremely busy over the next couple of weeks and that fans should expect various arrivals and departures before the Premier League gets underway on August 15th against Swansea.
Having already spent more than £50m on Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw, United have lost Ryan Giggs, who retired at the end of last season, while Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand, Federico Macheda and Alex Buttner have all left the club and the quartet is set to be follow suit by another couple of players, including Patrice Evra.