Phil Neville and Nicky Butt will discover whether they’re part of Louis Van Gaal’s plans or not over by the end of next week, once the Dutch manager officially takes over at Manchester United after his World Cup campaign with Holland.
Neville returned to Old Trafford last season as part of David Moyes’ coaching staff and continued to work alongside interim manager Ryan Giggs even after Moyes was sacked in April, but with Van Gaal bringing in three new coaches - Frans Hoek, Marcel Bout and Albert Stuivenberg – and Giggs promoted to assistant manager, Neville’s future remains unclear.
Ryan Giggs has insisted Louis Van Gaal will not be “scared” by the size of the job awaiting him at Manchester United and he expects the Dutchman to be relishing the challenge at Old Trafford.
Van Gaal is a hugely experienced coach, having won titles at Ajax, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and AZ Alkmaar and Giggs was adamant the Holland manager knows exactly what he’ll be expected of him at United but his experience at big clubs ensures he won’t be fazed by the task ahead of him.
The American company have supplied the Old Trafford club since 2002 when they replaced Umbro in a lucrative deal which has cost Nike around £24million a season.
Although some reports at the weekend suggested a new record-breaking deal was set to be concluded, Nike revealed on Tuesday that they had opted to walk away from negotiations, claiming United were demanding too much money.
Paul Scholes has described new Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal as a man possessing “the Midas touch”, but admitted the Dutchman will have to perform at his best if he is to bring United back to the Premier League’s summit.
In his latest blog for bookmaker Paddy Power, Scholes pointed at Van Gaal’s influence in guiding a good, but by no means vintage, Holland team to the semifinal and claimed fans and players alike will be excited by the prospect of the former Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern manager taking charge at Old Trafford.
Manchester United have revealed the new kit for the upcoming 2014-15 season and, sadly, it looks as tacky as we all expected after watching the trailer United released just over a week ago.
An enormous golden “Chevrolet” logo has replaced the “AON” brand that had characterised United’s shirts over the last three seasons, while the white collar returns after a two-season long absence and a label inside the collar carries the words “Youth, Courage, Greatness” which isn’t every United missed under David Moyes but, according to United’s official website, the pillars upon which the club is built.
Former Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic was today unveiled as an Inter Milan player, at the Serie A club’s official season launch and Vida had some words for his former club and on his new adventure.
“It is one of the biggest clubs in the world, it has won the Champions League and many domestic trophies,” said Vidic, who left Old Trafford as a free agent at the end of last season after spending eight and half years at United since arriving from Spartak Moscow in January 2006.
Manchester United turned down the opportunity to sign Colombia star James Rodriguez for as little as £5m a couple of seasons ago, preferring instead to pursuit other options and, to add insult to injury, ended up signing Bebe – £2m more expensive than Rodriguez and with a fraction of the talent.
United were first approached by intermediaries in 2010, the Guardian reports, when Rodriguez, 18 at the time, was carving out a reputation for himself at Club Atletico Banfield in the Argentine’s first division, having made his professional debut a year earlier when he became the youngest ever foreigner to play in the Argentine top-flight.
Manchester United have officially announced their second signing in less than 24 hours, with England international Luke Shaw arriving at Old Trafford from Southampton in a deal worth around £33m.
The 18-year-old completed a medical on Thursday night and has put pen to paper on a five-year deal thought to be worth in the region of £100,000-per-week, instantly becoming the most expensive teenager in English football’s history, beating the record previously held by one Wayne Rooney.