Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has insisted that Angel Di Maria left the Bernabeu for Old Trafford purely because the European champions could not afford to meet his wage demands.
United broke the British transfer record in the summer when they shelled out £59.7m for the Argentine, whose £200,000-a-week deal makes him the third-highest paid player at the club behind Wayne Rooney and Radamel Falcao, but the Real Madrid manager said his club did not want to sell but had to cave in eventually.
Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted he still hates to see United losing to Liverpool and Manchester City, an event which, courtesy of David Moyes, Fergie got to experience more often that he’d have bargained for last season.
In an exclusive interview with MUTV in an interview broadcast on Monday evening entitled Sir Alex: Life After Management, the former United manager admitted emotions still run high in him when United face their two main rivals.
Roy Keane has admitted he might never forgive Sir Alex Ferguson for the way he was forced to depart Manchester United, in the wake of an interview the Irishman gave to MUTV.
Speaking at the launch of his new book The Second Half at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Keane said he doubted his relationship with Fergie could ever recover, as neither of them looks willing to take a step back and bury the hatchet once and for all.
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.