Sir Alex Ferguson has said that Louis Van Gaal was right to “clear the decks” in the summer, as the Dutchman embarked on a much-needed revolution that saw the squad left behind by Fergie being almost completely overhauled.
Fergie had not spoken publicly about Van Gaal until now but speaking to MUTV in a programme entitled Sir Alex: Life After Management which is due to air on Monday, he revealed that he’s been favourably impressed by Van Gaal’s determination to reshape the squad according to his vision.
Roy Keane has reopened his war of words with Sir Alex Ferguson by giving a typically forthright version of the events that led to the Irishman leaving the club in 2005.
In his new biography, The Second Half, Keane claims that he felt stitched up by Fergie and Gill, who simply wanted to force him out of the club in the wake of an interviewed he had given to MUTV, in which he had criticised some younger players. Keane insists that Ferguson and Queiroz simply needed an excuse to get rid of him and the decision had been made before he showed up for a meeting with the former United manager and Gill.
In one of the many revelations to come out of his new book, Roy Keane revealed details of a bust-up he and Peter Schmeichel during a pre-season tour in Asia in 1998.
Keane said that he head-butted the Danish after a fight broke out between the two in the hotel, leaving the former United keeper with a black eye.
Angel Di Maria has described leaving Real Madrid to join Manchester United as growing process for his career, claiming that swapping the Santiago Bernabeu for Old Trafford has made him a better player.
Selling Di Maria was a surprise move by Real Madrid, given the Argentina international was a pivotal figure as Carlo Ancelotti’s men clinched their 10th European Cup last week, but Madrid’s loss has definitely been United’s gain, with the 26-year-old making waves in his first two months in the Premier League.
Radamel Falcao opened his tally for Manchester United as he netted the winner against Everton on Sunday and the Colombian said he’s eager to extend his stay at Old Trafford beyond his loan spell.
United’s number nine has been linked with a permanent move to the club next summer ever since he joined on loan from Monaco on transfer deadline day, as reports suggesting United had signed on loan purely to circumnavigate a potential issue related to Financial Fair Play began to emerge.
After their spending spree this summer, Manchester United have assembled so much attacking talent that the comparison with the Harlem Globetrotters has been almost impossible to escape.
United, however, could move a step closer to the famous American basketball outfit if plans to play lucrative overseas friendlies during the course of the season is to go ahead.
Robin Van Persie believes Manchester United are on the right track under Louis Van Gaal and they will soon step up a couple notches, once the injured players return and the squad is completely familiar with the new manager’s methods.
Despite having nine players sidelined, with Ander Herrera a doubt ahead of Sunday after having been withdrawn on Saturday, United bounced back from a shambolic 5-3 defeat at Leicester to win 2-1 against West Ham over the weekend, their second consecutive win at home and one Van Persie believes is a sign of more things to come.
Wayne Rooney has apologised for getting sent off against West Ham on Saturday, a red card which means he will now miss games against Everton, West Bromwich Albion and Chelsea, though he’ll be back in time for United’s first derby of the season, away to City on November 2.
Showing a remarkable lack of leadership, the United captain lashed out petulantly at Stewart Downing and was rightly sent off, though he has since admitted his was an error of judgment and accepted Lee Mason made the right choice by sending him off.