Jun 26 2014

First signing on hold as United have bid rejected

Tag: Manchester United News @ 11:09 am

487091377--Copy_3163068Athletic Bilbao have announced this morning that they have rejected an offer from Manchester United for Ander Herrera, less than 24 hours after the midfielder was thought to have undergone a medical at Carrington.

United were close to sign the 24-year-old midfielder 12 months, before the deal collapsed on deadline day when lawyers claiming to be operating on behalf of United in Bilbao turned out to be impostors, as Athletic insisted United did not come close to meet Herrera’s release clause.

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Jun 24 2014

Defender leaves United “to win trophies”

Tag: Manchester United News @ 9:17 pm

buttner-moscowAlex Buttner was today unveiled as a Dynamo Moscow player as he became the third player after Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand to leave Old Trafford just over a month after the end of the season but, unlike the former two centre-backs, the Dutchman isn’t going to be sorely missed at United.

Arrived a surprise signing from Vitesse Arnhem in the summer of 2012, Buttner never managed to establish himself in the starting XI and made just 13 Premier League appearances in his two seasons at the club making up slightly less than the 50% of his 28 appearances in all competitions for United.

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Jun 18 2014

2014-15 fixtures: United face easy start

Tag: Manchester United News @ 9:14 am

Louis van GaalManchester United will open their Premier League campaign against Swansea on August 16th at Old Trafford, before facing Sunderland and newly-promoted Burnley away in consecutive weeks and will end their campaign away at Hull. Louis Van Gaal will face his first big test as Manchester United manager on October 25th as the Reds host Chelsea, before traveling across town to face City the following week, with a trip to the Emirates three weeks after that. United host Liverpool on December 13, while the festive period sees them at home against Newcastle on Boxing Day, away at Spurs on December 28th and away at Stoke on New Year’s Day.

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May 30 2014

Blame lies with the players, says United defender

Tag: Manchester United News @ 9:20 am

RafaelManchesterUnitedMarch2014_3111628Rafael has insisted the players should shoulder the blame for United’s abysmal showing last season and that him and his team-mates are the only figures responsible for United’s worst season since 1989-90, as United finished seventh and missed out on European football altogether for the first time in over two decades.

The Brazilian right-back was a regular under David Moyes, before an injury picked up in March sidelined him for the remainder of the campaign, as Ryan Giggs replaced the sacked Moyes for the last four games, trying to inject some momentum in a squad that had looked shambolic for the previous nine months.

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May 22 2014

Scholes questions Woodward and Rooney

Tag: Manchester United News @ 3:04 pm

1241834-26827479-2560-1440Paul Scholes has claimed that Wayne Rooney might have already reached his peak and that Ed Woodward will have a lot to answer for if United do not complete a couple of world class signings this summer.

Rooney looked set to leave United last summer after relationship between him and Sir Alex Ferguson broke down, but was convinced to remain at the club by David Moyes and ended up signing a new five-year deal which will probably keep him at Old Trafford for the remainder of his career.

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May 19 2014

United confirm Van Gaal appointment

Tag: Manchester United News @ 2:29 pm

Louis van GaalFootball’s worst-kept secret was finally revealed today, as Manchester United confirmed Louis Van Gaal as their new manager, after two weeks in which both parties involved had disguised themselves behind the usual smokescreens, with the Dutchman and United both happy to decline any agreement was in place.

However, less than a month after David Moyes was handed his P45, United have today confirmed that the Holland manager has signed a three-year deal with the club and will take charge after the World Cup, while Ryan Giggs has been confirmed as his assistant manager. The 62-year-old Dutchman will be joined at the club by Frans Hoek and Marcel Bout as assistant coaches.

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May 19 2014

United players in for a shock under “control freak”

Tag: Manchester United News @ 9:38 am

2014-FIFA-World-Cup-Final-DrawOnce he’s finally announced as David Moyes’ replacement, Louis Van Gaal will keep players at Manchester United on a very tight leash, according to Dutch football expert Marcel Van der Kraan.

Van Gaal should be formally unveiled as United’s new manager this week but his reputation for demanding total control over his players and for being strict and hardworking almost to the point of being obsessed have preceded him to Britain and might spell news for some of the players who have been stealing a living at the club.

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May 19 2014

United’s new captain?

Tag: Manchester United News @ 8:24 am

RVP_2914931bLouis Van Gaal might not yet have been officially appointed as David Moyes’ successor, but the 62-year-old manager dropped his biggest hint yet as to who he’d like to see wearing the armband next season.

Wayne Rooney was widely expected to replace Nemanja Vidic as captain next season, particularly after Moyes described him as the perfect man to lead the team – and to trouser £300,000-a-week – but it seems as Van Gaal has other ideas and could instal Robin Van Persie as his on-pitch lieutenant.

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