Red Rants Archives for January 2014

The View From Europe: Thoughts Of A Travelling Red Devil

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Manchester United is a club synonymous with football fans worldwide. The name is something recognised by all lovers of the game and is very much related to the giants of world sport.

So when the team collapsed on the pitch last season, as it became embroiled in farce, the eyes of the world couldn't quite believe what it was seeing.

United’s squad “broken and unbalanced”

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Louis Van Gaal has said he's inherited a squad that is "broken" and "unbalanced" and dismissed suggestions that it'll be easier for him to succeed, given David Moyes' disastrous tenure at the club.

The Dutchman was asked whether he thought replacing Sir Alex Ferguson would have been harder than replacing Moyes, Van Gaal insisted that following a manager as successful as Fergie wouldn't have been a problem for him.

United to offload flops

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Manchester United are determined to get rid of Marouane Fellaini, Shinji Kagawa, Nani and Anderson this summer, as Louis Van Gaalcontinues tothe long overdue clearout operation.

Having sold Alex Buttner and Bebe for just over £6m and with Federico Macheda's contract finally coming to an end, United are still left with a bloated squad, one which Van Gaal has deemed "broken" and "unbalanced" and different sources suggest the Dutchman will set about clearing the decks between now and the start of the season.

Video: Mr Mujac on the impact of LvG

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I think you might find this interesting if, like me, you're interested in the history and the future of Manchester United's Academy system.

Tony Park, AKA @MrMujac, is a lifelong United supporter with a knowledge far richer than most, especially about United's youth system. Regularly found following the youth teams home and away, Tony's views are certainly to be respected.

Louis Van Gaal and his formula for success

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After a disappointing season under David Moyes leaves United missing out on Champion's League football this coming season and a truly awful viewing experience for even the most hardcore Red Devil fan, the board did what they should have done a year earlier and conducted an extensive search for a suitable manager to ensure they didn't repeat the errors made replacing the retiring Sir Alex Ferguson.

United make £30m for Barcelona’s target

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There isn't just Arturo Vidal on Manchester United's radar this summer, and Louis Van Gaal might have already moved to secure another World Cup star, if reports in Spain are to be believed.

Spanish newspaper El Mundo Deportivo today suggests that United have tabled a €38m £30m offer for Colombia international Juan Cuadrado, who's attracted interest from a host of different clubs this summer, including United and Barcelona.

Van Gaal impresses United’s record signing

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Juan Mata admitted Manchester United players were given a first glimpse of what to expect from Louis Van Gaal when he's disappointed, after the Dutchman made clear he was far from impressed by his team's 3-2 win over AS Roma in Denver on Saturday.

United won their inaugural match in the International Champions Cup but looked far from their best and almost scuppered a three-goal lead as Roma scored twice in the last 20 minutes, leading Van Gaal to criticise some of his players' performances, including Mata's.

United in £48m bid for number one target

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Manchester United have tabled a €60m €48m for Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal and they've also already contacted the Chilean's agent over the financial package they are ready to offer to the midfielder, according to reports in Italy.

La Gazzetta dello Sport claims that Vidal's agent, Fernando Felicevich, is due to arrive in Turin tonight to meet Juventus' manager Massimiliano Allegri and the Serie A champions' general manager, Giuseppe Marotta, and during their meeting Juventus will be made aware that United are ready to offer Vidal €8m £6.

Mourinho attempts to unsettle United youngsters

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Jose Mourinho believes the signing of Luke Shaw would have killed his current club, Chelsea, had they have pursued his signature.

Mourinho was interested in the ex-Southampton left-back but the 19-year-old chose to move to Manchester United ahead of Chelsea this summer in a £28m deal.

In an attempt to silence youngsters within his own squad, Mourinho insists that, had he agreed to Shaw's wage demands, the dressing room at Stamford Bridge would have been in uproar.

“Get me Hummels, Strootman and Vidal”

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So, the new era as begun. Louis Van Gaal's Manchester United crushed the L.A.Galaxy 7-0 in a testimony to Oranje style and an affirmation that Woodward and the Glazer's may have finally got the right man, twelve months too late....

That 12 months resulted in an enforced hiatus for United, an enforced break for myself due to work and health reasons.

Premier League rivals could bid for United misfit

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Arsenal could be doing Manchester United a massive favour this summer by taking Nani off their hands, with reports in the Portuguese press suggesting the Gunners could soon table an offer for the United misfit.

Despite signing a five-year deal 12 months ago, Nani has been linked with an exit from Old Trafford since the January transfer window and, somewhat mysteriously given his appalling performances, the Portuguese looks to have attracted interest from a host of European clubs, including Juventus, Inter Milan, AC Milan and Galatasaray.

Jones excited by new tactics

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Phil Jones has revealed Manchester United have already embraced Louis Van Gaal's tactical revolution and despite having been in charge for less than two weeks, the Dutchman has already won many admirers within the United squad, particularly thanks to his footballing philosophy.

Jones impressed in United's 7-0 mauling of Los Angeles Galaxy on Thursday and the 22-year-old has insisted he's happy to adapt to Van Gaal's new 3-5-2 system, if that means finally being handed an extended run is his preferred position, after spending his first three season at the club covering a variety of roles.

United and Barcelona to go head-to-head for target

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Manchester United face stiff competition from Barcelona in the race to sign Arsenal centre-back Thomas Vermaelen, according to reports in Spain that claim the Catalans' interest in Vermaelen has increased in recent weeks.

The Belgian centre-back has been linked with a move to United for over a month now, with suggestions that Louis Van Gaal sees the Arsenal man as the perfect candidate to replace the departed Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic, while Vermaelen's versatility and his ability to play as left-back mean he could even provide cover for Luke Shaw.

Have United found the new Fergie?

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Ryan Giggs has compared new Manchester United manager, Louis Van Gaal, to Sir Alex Ferguson, claiming both men have a special aura about them and both understand what it takes to make a team successful.

Van Gaal has only been in charge for nine days but that didn't prevent him from getting his United career off to a flying start as the Reds trounced Los Angeles Galaxy 7-0 in their first pre-season friendly on Thursday, and Giggs believes what he's seen of the Dutchman so far has a lot in common with what he experienced during the 23 yearshe played under Fergie.

LVG tactical revolution begins

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Louis Van Gaal has vowed to stick with the 3-5-2 formation that marked United's 7-0 win against LA Galaxy earlier this morning, as the Dutchman made his debut as Manchester United manager in the first pre-season friendly.

Wayne Rooney, Reece James and Ashley Young both grabbed two goals apiece, while Danny Welbeck was also on the scoresheet but the biggest point of focus of Van Gaal's first game in charge was the 3-5-2 formation he opted to field, with Jonny Evans, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling at centre-backs and Luke Shaw and Antonio Valencia at wing-backs.

Five things we’ve learnt from United vs LA Galaxy

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The Louis Van Gaal era is up and running after United dismantled Los Angeles Galaxy 7-0 in their first pre-season friendly of the season earlier this morning to kick off their US tour in perfect fashion. Resounding though the result might be, United will have to face much sterner tests on this tour but Van Gaal's debut was as slick as he could have hoped for.

United to meet LVG’s demands

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Manchester United have agreed to meet Louis Van Gaal's demands over a shorter summer tour next year, after the Dutchman criticised the "dreadful distances" United have to travel in their US tour this summer and hinted the long trips could disrupt the team's preparation ahead of next season.

United play in Pasadena a 30-mile trip from Los Angeles, where the team is based on Wednesday evening early Thursday morning in the UK and then face trips to Denver, Washington and Detroit and, potentially, a trip to Miami on August 4th if they reach the final of the International Champions Cup.

Van Gaal can break world transfer record

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Louis Van Gaal has been told by Manchester United that he's free to break the world transfer record this summer to bring his intended targets to Old Trafford this summer.

United kick off their Premier League season against Swansea in less than a month but Van Gaal has effectively been in charge only for a week and a lot is expected to happen between now and August 15th,as far as both arrivals and departures are concerned.

United’s new signing not fazed by pressure

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Luke Shaw claimed he didn't have to think twice at the possibility of joining Manchester United, once he was made aware of the club's interest a few months ago and the 19-year-old said replacing Patrice Evra won't add pressure on his shoulders, as he's relishing the opportunity to impress Louis Van Gaal on United's pre-season tour.

No offer yet for Dutch star

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Galatasaray's president Unal Aysal has confirmed the Turkish giants are yet to receive an offer for Manchester United's target Wesley Sneijder and has insisted that the Dutch playmaker will be allowed to Istanbul if his release clause is met.

The Dutchman has beenmore or less constantly on United's radar since 2009,when, having been made surplus to requirements at Real Madrid, he looked to be the perfect answer for the lack of creativity that afflicted United's midfield, only for him to opt to join Inter Milan instead.

A first glimpse of LVG: LA Galaxy vs United preview

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There is very little rest for the wicked, it seems. There's definitely been almost none for Louis Van Gaal who, less than two weeks on since his Holland side dismantled Brazil 3-0 in the World Cup third spot playoff, will take charge of his first ever game as Manchester United manager tomorrow morning at 4.

Van Gaal’s first big change

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Louis Van Gaal has ordered his first major change as Manchester United manager. Unfortunately for those of us expecting it to be a one way ticket out of Manchester for Nani and Anderson, Van Gaal's demand is for the training pitches at Carrington to be ripped up and replaced with the same surface in place at Old Trafford.

United make £27m offer for World Cup star

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Manchester United have made a €35m £27.7m offer for Colombia international Angel Cuadrado, according to reports in a Spanish newspaper, which suggest United are looking to beat Barcelona in the race to the Fiorentina winger.

United had already tabled two separate offers for the Colombian two weeks ago, the first one thought to be in the region of €25m £19.

United confirm Evra’s exit

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Patrice Evra has left Manchester United after nine seasons to join Serie A champions Juventus, the club have confirmed via a statement on their website.

Despite the fact that Evra had put pen to paper on a 12-month extension in May, his decision to leave Old Trafford after almost a decade was largely expected, particularly as his spot in the starting XI was put under serious scrutiny by Luke Shaw's arrival.

United in surprise £16m bid for World Cup winner

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According to reports in Spain, Manchester United have agreed a deal for Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels, who could become United's third signing this summer after Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera.

World Cup winner Hummels has been on United's radar for over a year but there looked to be little chance of him leaving the Westfalenstadion this summer.

United poised for £17m offer for Dutch international

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Manchester United are set to submit a €22m £17.4m offer for Holland international Daley Blind, one of a host of Dutch players to have been linked with a move to Old Trafford from the moment Louis Van Gaal was appointed as manager.

Blind impressed for Holland at the World Cup, where he was an ever-present figure for the Oranje and netted his country's second goal in their 3-0 win over Brazil in the third spot play-off, and has attracted interest from a host of European clubs but United look poised to test Ajax's resolve.

New signings imminent at United

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Ed Woodward has told Manchester United fans the club will be extremely busy over the next couple of weeks and that fans should expect various arrivals and departures before the Premier League gets underway on August 15th against Swansea.

Having already spent more than £50m on Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw, United have lost Ryan Giggs, who retired at the end of last season, while Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand, Federico Macheda and Alex Buttner have all left the club and the quartet is set to be follow suit by another couple of players, including Patrice Evra.

Vidal admits United interes

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Arturo Vidal has admitted he's aware of Manchester United interest but has confirmed his future remains uncertain at the moment, which will presumably opening the door to more speculation on the Chilean star's plans.

Vidal's performances for Juventus and Chile have attracted interest from a host of European clubs, with United thought to be the frontrunners in the race for the 27-year-old midfielder, despite repeatedly insisting that Vidal is not on the club's radar and despite Juventus being adamant that Vidal will not leave Turin this summer.

Five players United should sell this summer

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Now that Louis Van Gaal has finally been officially appointed as new Manchester United manager, the Dutchman can get to work on his squadahead of next season and with less than four weeks until United open their Premier League campaign against Swansea, the former Holland manager is determined to hit the ground running.

United open talks with £40m midfielder’s agent

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In the latest twist surrounding Manchester United's pursuit of Arturo Vidal, the club has apparently opened talks with the Chilean midfielder's agent and could soon test Juventus resolve with a €50m £40m offer, according to Italian journalist Alfredo Pedulla'.

Pedulla', who is normally ratherreliable in terms of transfer rumours, had already mentioned Vidal twice earlier this week, firstly claiming that United had made a €50m bid and that the Chilean international, who claimed he'd be "relaxed if a move to United fell through" was holding out for net wages of €10m £8m per season.

Van Gaal to set United ambitious target

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Louis Van Gaal will start his Manchester United career with only one objective in mind, according to former Ajax and Barcelona striker Patrick Kluivert, who believes the former Holland manager is determined to win the title in his inaugural season.

The 62-year-old took charge of his first training session yesterday and will be officially unveiled today as Manchester United manager and Kuivert, who was Van Gaal's assistant with Holland, believes the Dutchman has set his sights firmly on finishing top of the leagueat the end of the season.

LVG to offload six United flops

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Louis Van Gaal could axe between six and 10 players in his first month at Manchester United, with the Dutchman determined to strip his squad ahead of the upcoming season by offloading players he deems to be surplus to requirements.

Van Gaal introduced himself to the squad yesterday, took charge of his first training session in the afternoon and will officially be unveiled as new Manchester United manager today but, even though he hasn't seen all of his players in action, the 62-year-old has already been active behind the scenes.

Contrasting reports on United’s number one target

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Arturo Vidal will not join Manchester United this summer, according to Juventus general manager, Giuseppe Marotta, who insisted the Chile international is "not for sale" and "happy to be at the club", despite rumours suggesting otherwise over the last couple of weeks.

Vidal has long been linked with a move to Old Trafford this summer, with reports suggesting he could be moving to United for around £32m, while other sources claimed United would try and get the Chilean for a cheaper fee and some reports in the Italian press last night suggested that United were ready to present a €44m £35m offer for the 27-year-old.

Nani poised for Serie A switch?

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The Manchester United's 2014 summer clearout shows no sign of stopping and could soon claim a high profile casualty, with Nani firmly on AC Milan radar, according to reports in Italy.

Italian broadcaster Sky Italia reports that the Rossoneri have made the 27-year-old one of their targets, after their pursuit of Torino winger and Italy international Alessio Cerci has stalled due to Torino's refusal to sell the former Fiorentina man, whose performances last season earned him plenty of admirers.

Moyes’ winter is over, but will LVG bring an everlasting summer?

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A year on from the abdication of Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United remain in a limbo. The much planned succession led not to an expected summer of triumph but to a ten-month long winter of turgid football, impotent crosses and Marouane Fellaini. Less than a year aftera sacking at Old Trafford seemed unthinkable, the fans were as desperate for one as an addict seeking a hit.

Is it time to sell United forgotten man?

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As Mario Gotze inscribed his name in the history books by scoring the goal that clinched Germany's first World Cup in 24 years, one wonders how Shinji Kagawa must have felt. The Japanese would have undoubtedly been happy to see his former teammate shine on the biggest stage of them all and perhaps he also thought that he too still has a chance of redemption.

Fear factor will return to Old Trafford this season

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The World Cup has been brilliant, with many fans sharing their belief that it has been the best tournament that they can remember. I agree, but with all the hype of the World Cup in full flow, I can't help but feel more excited for the coming season than I have done about any previous tournament or Premier League campaign.

United handed unexpected boost in Vidal’s pursuit

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Manchester United have been handed an unexpected boost in their pursuit of Chile international Arturo Vidal after Juventus manager Antonio Conte announced he was to leave the Serie A champions.

Earlier today, various news outlets had claimed United had baulked at Juventus' demands of £34m for the Chilean midfielder and were set to move onto other targets, after Louis Van Gaal had allegedly instructed the club to look for alternatives to Vidal, who has strongly been linked with a move to United over the last couple of weeks.

LVG: “United must be like Holland”

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Louis Van Gaal wants his Manchester United to resemble the Holland squad he steered to third place at the World Cup and the Dutchman has expressed his desire for United players to be "singing from the same hymn sheet".

After a successful World Cup, Van Gaal will officially be unveiled as Manchester United manager this week, before flying out to the US for United's summer tour unlike Robin Van Persie, who will miss the North American tour after having been given three weeks off when the job of rebuilding the squad that collapsed under David Moyes will begin in its earnest.

United clinch £70m-a-year deal

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Adidas will replace Nike as Manchester United's kit manufacturer from the start of the 2015-16 season, after United clinched a deal with the German company worth a staggering £70m-a-year, more than double the amount United currently pocket from Nike.

The deal, which should be officially announced on Monday afternoon, will bring an end to United's 13-year long partnership with Nike, much to relief of a lot of fans who have grown increasingly disillusioned with the American manufacturer's inability to produce a good looking kit for the Reds.

Want to win a t-shirt tonight?

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How do you fancy winning a Manchester United t-shirt of your own choice courtesy of @tshirtsunited?

It's simple, just predict WHO will score the LAST GOAL of the World Cup Final tonight including Extra-Time and/or Penalties in the comments box below and we'll choose a winner at random from all the correct answers on here and on Twitter.

Van Gaal fails to persuade his number one transfer target

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New Manchester United manager, Louis van Gaal, has failed in his efforts to persuade his number one target to follow him to Old Trafford this summer.

Robben, who we previously reported to be van Gaal's priority transfer on 21st June, revealed on Dutch television after the 3-0 win over Brazil in Brasilia that Van Gaal had approached him about joining United.

Are United about to break a transfer record?

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There are reports surfacing via Twitter that a Spanish radio show, Onda Cero, suggest Manchester United may well be about to purchase Angel Di Maria for €60m (£47m).

If the deal went ahead it would break Real Madrid's highest ever fee received for a player.

"He's keen to go to Manchester" the reports quote.

Five possible replacements for Patrice Evra

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With Patrice Evra's move to Juventus set to be completed before the end of the week, Manchester United find themselves needing a left-back to provide cover for Luke Shaw, given the former Southampton man is currently the only option available in that particular role. However, given Shaw looked poised to be Louis Van Gaal's first option at left-back, United do not necessarily need an older player to mentor the 19-year-old and could opt for another young prospect.

Butt and Neville to learn future next week

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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.

United haven’t held talks for Vidal

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Despite reports widely suggesting otherwise, Manchester United did not hold talks with Juventus for Arturo Vidal while negotiating Patrice Evra's move to the Serie A champions.

United have been monitoring Vidal for months and, according to reports, they had even gone as far as approaching Juventus in spring to enquire about the Chilean midfielder, only to be told that Vidal would not leave Turin.

Van Gaal not scared by United job

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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.

United back in the hunt for £15m midfielder?

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It's summer, Manchester United are looking for a midfielder, their new manager is a Dutchman. Step forward, Wesley Sneijder. Yes, that Wesley Sneijder, the man who, alongside Ezequiel Garay, has been linked with a move to Old Trafford for the last four summers is again at the centre of speculations.

United linked with yet another World Cup star

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Reports in the Metro this morning suggest Manchester United have launched a £7million offer for Benfica star, Enzo Perez.

Perez was one of the stars of the show in last nights semi-final between LvG's Netherlands and Perez's Argentina.

The Red Devils are hoping to finalize the deal before the World Cup ends this weekend, in which Perez is set to be starting in the final for Argentina.

What can United expect under Louis Van Gaal?

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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.

United to hijack £20m bid for midfielder?

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Manchester United are considering whetherto hijack Valencia's deal for Argentina midfielder Enzo Perez, with reports suggesting the Benfica man is again on United's radar, which could scupper Valencia's plans of securing the 28-year-old.

Perez, who replaced Angel Di Maria during Argentina's 1-0 win in the quarter finals against Belgium, impressed for Benfica last season, as the Lisbon club clinched their 33rd league title and lost the Europa League final on penalties against Sevilla but, according to reports in the Portuguese press, he's looking for a move away this summer, despite having recently penned a new four-year deal.

Evra’s Serie A move imminent

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Patrice Evra will leave Manchester United this week for a fee believed to be between £1.2m and £2m, after Manchester United announced they will not stand in the Frenchman's way and won't try to block his move to Juventus.

Evra had recently signed a 12-month extension but his wife's desire to leave Manchester coupled with Juventus' offer of two-year deal worth £55,000-a-season look to have convinced the 33-year-old that it's time to bring the curtain down on his United career after a eight and half stint at Old Trafford.

It was Nike knowing you

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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.

United to miss out on defender

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Manchester United look set to miss out on Atletico Madrid defender Miranda, who's expected to put an end to speculations linking with a move away from the Vicente Calderon and remain with the Spanish champions next season.

The 29-year-old centre-back had emerged as a potential replacement for Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand, with some reports that emerged a few weeks ago going as far as suggesting that United had agreed to trigger the Brazilian's release clause in order to secure the defender's services.

Scholes: “Van Gaal has a bit of genius about him”

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Paul Scholes has described new Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal as a man possessing "the Mida's 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.

Vidal would be United’s statement this summer

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As the cliche goes, what a difference a year makes. 12 months ago David Moyes' tenure at Manchester United was in its infancy and while the host of names linked with a move to Old Trafford had started to sound a little odd, not even the most pessimistic of us could have foreseen the shambles that unfolded between July and September, let alone the farce that followed until April.

United line up Evra’s replacement

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Manchester United are lining up Wolfsburg's left-back Ricardo Rodriguez as a potential replacement for Patrice Evra, who looks increasingly likely to leave Old Trafford this summer, despite having signed a 12-month extension in May.

With Juventus looking to secure Evra's services in the next couple of weeks and with Alex Buttner gone to Dynamo Moscow,Luke Shaw could find himself as the only left-back in the squad come the start of the season and while the England international is a great prospect, Louis Van Gaal is thought to be keen to bring in another left-back to provide competition for the former Southampton man.

United’s new kit revealed

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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.

Serie A to offer escape route for United flop?

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Strange though as it might sound, Marouane Fellaini looks to have attracted interest from a few European clubs and reports in Italy claim Fiorentina could soon be open talks with United for the Belgian midfielder.

Last week reports suggesting that Louis Van Gaal had told Ed Woodward "Fellaini wasn't a United player" emerged, before the former Everton man told Sky Sports that he "had nothing to prove" despite a dismal debut season at Old Trafford and that he remained confident his future would be resolved this summer.

United to open talks for Vidal

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Manchester United look set to open talks for Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal this week, with reports in both the English and the Italian media suggesting that United are growing increasingly confident of being able to lure the Chilean away from Turin, providing the offer put together is tempting enough for the Serie A champions.

United defender heads for exit door

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Patrice Evra could leave Manchester United early next week, after having reportedly found an agreement with the club which will allow him to move to Juventus this summer.

The Frenchman has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford for over 12 months, first as David Moyes launched in what proved to be an ultimately fruitless pursuit of Everton's left-back Leighton Baines and then when United had emerged as front runners in the race to sign England international Luke Shaw.

Midfielder’s future to be decided after the World Cup

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Marouane Fellaini's chances of being at Manchester United next season could have taken a blowafter the Belgian international admitted his future will be decided after the World Cup.

Reports have emerged during the week linking the former Everton man with a move away from Old Trafford after Louis Van Gaal reportedly labelled the Belgian "not a Manchester United player", and with United looking to offload some of their under-performers this summer, Fellaini's career at Old Trafford could come to an abrupt end.

United raise offer for Colombia international

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With each passing day, things seem to get a tad more absurd yet strangely interesting as far as Manchester United's business in this summer transfer window is concerned. Having captured the signings of Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw at the end of last week, United have since been linked with Arturo Vidal, seemingly made Mats Hummels their number one priority and were allegedly offered Angel Di Maria on a silver plate.

Vidic: “United and Inter are very similar”

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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.

Deal for Argentina star to United “all but done”

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Manchester United could soon be adding a world-class winger to their squad, with reports in Spain suggesting that Angel Di Maria is on the verge of leaving Real Madrid after his agent, the ever-present and incredibly powerful Jorge Mendes, was instructed by the European champions to find a buyer for the 26-year-old.

German international a priority for United

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Manchester United have made Mats Hummels their number one priority this summer, with Louis Van Gaal looking to bridge the gap left by the departures of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand.

Hummels has long been linked with a move to Old Trafford this summer, but Borussia Dortmund have made clear they do not intend to part ways with the German international, while Hummels himself has admitted being happy at the Westfalenstadion and not looking for a move this summer.

United to offload midfield flop?

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In news that will surprise absolutely no one, Marouane Fellaini might have to find himself another club before next season, given Louis Van Gaal is seemingly intent to offload the Belgian international, with reports claiming the Dutchman has gone as far as making obvious that Fellaini "isn't a Manchester United player.

Midfield target will cost United £37m

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Manchester United will have to pay £37m if they're to secure William Carvalho's signing, as Sporting Lisbon have made clear that they will only part ways with the 22-year-old if Carvalho's release clause is paid in full.

Yesterday, reports in various Portuguese newspapers suggested that United were set to open talks with Sporting with an initial bid thought to be in the region of €30m (£23.

United ready to launch bid for midfielder

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Manchester United are set to submit an official bid for Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho, according to reports in the Portuguese media. United have tracked the 22-year-old for months now and were thought to have agreed a deal for the midfielder back in April soon before David Moyes was relieved of his dutiesand ushered through the exit door at Old Trafford.

United close in on third signing

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Thomas Vermaelen looks set to move to Manchester United this summer, with different sources suggesting that Louis Van Gaal is determined to bring the Belgian centre-backto Old Trafford to replace the departed Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand and the 28-year-old could be United's third summer signing, following the arrivals on Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera at the end of last week.