Aug 29 2014

Four days to create a different United

louis van gaalLouis Van Gaal insisted Manchester United will be a different side altogether after the transfer window shuts on Monday, as he continues the thorough rebuilding process he’s been tackling since he joined the club.

United have already spent over £130m on players and broke the British transfer record by signing Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid for £59.7m but Van Gaal said the Argentine won’t be the last arrival this summer.

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Aug 29 2014

Number 7 tradition excites Di Maria

Tag: Manchester United News @ 7:00 am

Angel-di-MariaAngel Di Maria revealed on Thursday that he was told about the significance of the number 7 at Manchester United by Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the Argentine former teammates at Real Madrid.

During his official presentation as Manchester United player, Di Maria said he was eager to follow in the footsteps of the great players who have previously donned the club’s most important shirt, from George Best – though he wore 8 and 11 just as often – to Bryan Robson, from Eric Cantona to David Beckham and Ronaldo himself.

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Aug 27 2014

Humiliated but not shocked

Tag: Manchester United News @ 7:14 am

louis van gaalLouis Van Gaal said he was “not shocked” by United’s abysmal capitulation against MK Dons in the Capital One Cup last night, as his team slumped to one of their most embarrassing defeats in over a decade.

Experimental though the line-up might have been with a few youngsters making their first team debut, United were still able to call upon David De Gea, Jonny Evans, Javier Hernandez, Danny Welbeck and, albeit briefly, Shinji Kagawa, but did not spare them the blushes of being thrashed by a League One side.

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Aug 26 2014

Manchester United confirm Di Maria signing

1526879_10152392349991716_6010796821402055985_nManchester United have confirmed the signing of Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid for an initial fee of £59.7m plus add-ons.

The signing takes United’s summer spending to £130.7m with more additions expected before the transfer window closes next Monday.

Di Maria, one of the standout performers in this summers World Cup AND Man of the Match in the Champions League Final for Madrid back in May, becomes the most expensive player in British football history.

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Aug 21 2014

“United could do a Liverpool”

Tag: Manchester United News @ 6:56 am

_76193279_022045696-1Paul Scholes has said he fears for Manchester United’s future, insisting that unless major signings are made, the club could follow the same path that took Liverpool into the wilderness in the 1990s.

After a summer that started promisingly with the arrivals of Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera and the appointment of Louis Van Gaal, United have dragged their heels for the last two months while their direct rivals have strengthened and Saturday’s defeat against Swansea was a timely reminder that the gap between United and the elite of English football is widening.

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Aug 17 2014

United have their confidence “smashed”

Louis-van-Gaal-Manchester-UnitedLouis Van Gaal admitted Manchester United need more signings and revealed the team’s confidence was shattered by defeat in their opening game of the season against Swansea.

The Dutchman’s first Premier League game ended in a 2-1 defeat, with United showing all the familiar issues that had emerged last season, while a lack of signings and injuries forced Van Gaal’s hand into deploying players out of position, resulting in a lacklustre performance and a horrible start to the season.

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Aug 15 2014

Scholes: “United won’t win the title”

pg-54-man-utd-1-gettyPaul Scholes has described Louis Van Gaal as a “mad genius” and has claimed Manchester United will not win the league this season, as they haven’t strengthened their squad enough, compared to what their Premier League rivals have done.

The former United midfield maestro is confident the club have got the right man to steady the ship after a disastrous 12 months and towards a top four finish, but Scholes insists a title challenge is beyond the current squad’s capabilities, as they lack quality in midfield, despite the arrival of Ander Herrera.

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Aug 13 2014

United confirm new captain

Tag: Manchester United News @ 7:29 am

Wayne Rooney Manchester UnitedLouis Van Gaal has chosen Manchester United’s captain for this season and, perhaps slightly surprising, Wayne Rooney and not Robin Van Persie is the man the new United manager has chosen to skipper the side in his inaugural campaign at Old Trafford.

The relationship between Van Persie and Van Gaal had many suggesting that the former Arsenal striker would be given the armband this season, particularly given he had captained Holland at  the World Cup but, instead, the honour has gone to Rooney, with Darren Fletcher promoted to the role of vice-captain.

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