Last night, as Maxi Rodriguez’s penalty squeezed past Jasper Cillessen’ hands, many of us would have experienced contrasting feelings. The disappointment of not seeing Louis Van Gaal and Robin Van Persie clinching their place in a World Cup final was more than atoned for by the knowledge that, once the mundane affair that is the third spot playoff is dealt with, a new era will officially begin at Manchester United.
Since Van Gaal was appointed as David Moyes’ successor almost two months ago, we have spent hours, days even, reading about the 62-year-old’s achievements, every Holland training session has been scrutinised to fully understand his methods and every game has been analysed, in a bid to get a glimpse of the brand of football we can expect at Old Trafford come August 15th.
Although new United manager, Louis van Gaal, is busy chasing World Cup glory with his Dutch side in Brazil, the big Dutchman is still finding time to begin assembling a United team capable of challenging for the Premier League in his first season.
RedRants understands van Gaal held recent talks with new assistant manager, Ryan Giggs, about his plan to crack ONE transfer deal before any others are processed.
What a tournament this World Cup is turning out to be……and it’s only into its eighth day!
As with South Africa four years ago, the pre-tournament talk going into this years Brazilian World Cup was of stadium issues, crime and local disorder but, just like back in 2010, the concerns appear to have been over played (so far). There is however one huge difference between 2010 and 2014…..the quality of the football so far in Brazil has been unbelievable, unmissable and full of goals and top players stepping up to perform.
So, which players have caught the eye of our RedRants team and, more importantly, you?
With 14 players in the final 23 for each country, Manchester United will have the third largest contingent in Brazil.
FC Barcelona and Chelsea are the only clubs to have more representatives, with 16 and 15 respectively.
However, of the top three clubs represented in the World Cup, Man Utd is the only one with players from each line of play. Furthermore, it is the only team with a manager currently engaged in the tournament.
As always, the summer transfer window involves a lot of speculation, and a large amount of conjecture concerning the potential transfer of players, and so far this summer has been no different with United seemingly being favourites to sign every player in the world.
Prior to the dismissal of David Moyes, United were linked with a series of players, namely; Marco Reus, Toni Kroos, Ezequial Garay, Cesc Fabregas and Luke Shaw. Since the appointment of Louis Van Gaal, the targets appear to have changed dramatically with only Luke Shaw seemingly interesting the new manager.
David Moyes believes the days of long term planning at United are long gone.
That’s quite something to say by a manager who was given a six year contract despite never winning anything. A man who was given an entire season to improve the standard of football he dragged the club into playing, but never did. A man whose long term future would have been cemented purely by showing the club and its fans just a few seeds of hope in order to continue to receive their full backing. The signs never improved, neither did Moyes’ pathetic interview skills
In just a few short months, Moyes proved he was not up to the task of managing one of the biggest clubs in football despite being given one of the most faithful, long-term contracts ever handed out by any club.
Atletico Madrid midfielder, Koke, has today cast doubt over the possibility of any move to Old Trafford with his insistence of happiness at what he call his “home”.
United have long been linked with a potential move for Koke and were rumoured to be preparing a buy-out clause triggering £48m bid in the hope of luring him away from the current La Liga champions, those hopes seem to have been dashed by the players latest comments.
Manchester United have moved in for FC Dnipro star Yevhen Konoplyanka.
Liverpool have been long-term admirers of the Ukrainian and failed in a last minute deadline day bid to bring the highly rated midfielder to the Premier League in January but United are now favourites to secure the 24-year-old’s signature this summer.