Red Rants Archives for January 2015

Young reveals secret behind his successful season

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Ashley Young has revealed the secret behind his excellent season was that he had enjoyed playing football again.

After a troubled campaign during which he became a pantomime villain, the former Aston Villa was arguably United's biggest success story this season, featuring regularly and impressively in Louis Van Gaal's side.

United linked with La Liga trio

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Thecurtain might have just come down on the Premier League season, but the transfer rumours have already clicked into gear and, unsurprisingly, Manchester United are right in the thick of it.

Unitedhave been linked with a host of players over the last couple weeks and while two of them Gareth Bale and Mats Hummels have already ruled themselves out of the running,Louis Van Gaal has seemingly focused on three names for the time being.

United will let Di Maria leave only if he asks

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Manchester United will not sell Angel Di Maria unless the Argentine demands to be sold, asthe former Real Madrid man remains an important figure in Louis Van Gaal's plans.

Arrived at Old Trafford for a club-record fee of £59.7m after playing a pivotal role in Real Madrid's quest for a 10th European Cup, Di Maria hit the ground running before his season soon petered out amid a catalogue of injury problems and growing rumours linking him with a move to PSG.

United are two signings away from the title

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Wayne Rooney believes Manchester United are two signings away from being a serious contender for the league title next season.

United ended their campaign with a 0-0 draw at Hull on Sunday, finishing 17 points behind Chelsea in Louis Van Gaal's first season at Old Trafford and although they qualified for the Champions League, they will have to negotiate a potentially tricky playoff in August.

10 talking points from United’s season

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Manchester United's stalemate draw at Hull broughtthe curtain down on Louis Van Gaal's first season at the club. Following nine months of highs and lows, United are again on the Champions League's doorstep after a year-long hiatus and, so far, it is a case of job done for the Dutchman.

However, while United have laid the foundations for their future, a lot of work remains to be done if Van Gaal is to transform his side from also-rans to title challengers in 2015-16.

United confirm Falcao exit

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Manchester United have told Radamel Falcao that he will not be at Old Trafford next season, as the club has chosen not to sign the Colombian on a permanent deal.

Ian Ladyman of the Daily Mail reported on Sunday that the 29-year-old has been informed by the club he will be let go in the summer, after failing to impress during his loan spell this season.

Everton keen on United duo

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One between Jonny Evans and Tyler Blackett could leave Old Trafford this summer to relocate on the blue half of Merseyside, while Antonio Valencia could also be on his way out.

The Northern Irishman has been linked with a move away from United fora while and the rumours have intensified over the last couple of days, with Everton reportedly determined to bring the defender to Goodison Park this summer.

United and the Brucey bonus

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No one likes rolling over and having their tummies tickled quite like Steve Bruce. Ever since the United legend took over at Hull,any fixture against the Tigers has always gone down as a free three points. A Brucey bonus.

Realistically, United managers could have played Hellen Keller in net, with a back four made up of the Different Strokes cast, including Gary Coleman and still come away with a decent result.

Scholes urges United to sign Chelsea man

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Paul Scholes has told Manchester United they should sign Petr Cech as a replacement for David De Gea, if the Spaniard moves to Real Madrid this summer.

The 24-year-old has been repeatedly linked with a move to Spain and Scholes believes the Chelsea stopper would be the perfect man to replace United's player of the season.

LVG confident De Gea will stay

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Louis Van Gaal has insisted he remains confident David De Gea will stay at Manchester United this summer, despite Real Madrid's advances.

The Spaniard has repeatedly been linked to a move back to his hometown, with last season's Champions League winners desperate to make him the replacement to Iker Casillas.

United to open talks with Bayern star

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Manchester United look set to open talks with Bayern Munich over the signing of Bastian Schweinsteiger, as Louis Van Gaal seeks to bolster his midfield options.

The German, who was converted from a left winger into a dominant central midfielder during Van Gaal's spell in Bavaria, was repeatedly link with a move to Old Trafford a couple of years ago but the transfer never materialised as he chose to remain at the Allianz Arena.

United’s target snubs move to Old Trafford

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Mats Hummels will not be joining Manchester United this summer, as the Germany international has committed his future to Borussia Dortmund.

The 2014 World Cup winner was thought to be one of the names at the top of Louis Van Gaal's list this summer butDortmund'ssporting director Michael Zorke categorically ruled out any deal for Hummels, claiming the defender is part of the Bundesliga club's plans for next season.

Liverpool reject United approach

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Manchester United's approach for Raheem Sterling has unsurprisingly been turned down by Liverpool, who have told United that the 20-year-old will not leave Anfield this summer.

United made a surprise approach for Sterling, who has told Liverpool he will not sign a new deal after claiming he felt bullied into extending his existing contract, but the inquiry has been swiftly rebuffed by Brendan Rodgers' club, according to the Liverpool Echo.

United could bid for Sterling

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Manchester United look set to make an surprising bid for Raheem Sterling, as they hope to gain advantage of the impasse between Liverpool and the 20-year-old.

Sterling is understood to have told Brendan Rodgers that he will not renew his contract with the club, as he felt Liverpool tried to "bully" him into signing a new deal and while the Merseyside club has stated that Sterling will not leave the club in the summer, the player is expected to demand a move away.

Carrick hails Van Gaal’s impact

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Michael Carrick has hailed the impact Louis Van Gaal has had on his season, claiming the United manager was the reason behind his excellent campaign.

The former Spurs man was one of United's midfielder when not blighted by a catalogue of injuries, which left his side bereft of a key man in the middle of the park.

De Gea: “I love the fans at United”

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David De Gea scooped the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year Award for the second consecutive season, as the 24-year-old was voted as the best Manchester United player this season.

The Spaniard was instrumental in ensure United returned to a top-four finish in their first season under Louis Van Gaal, as he produced a number of outstanding saves throughout the season and must now surely be considered among the three best goalkeepers in the world.

[Video] LVG steals the show at United’s Player of The Year Awards

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Louis Van Gaal stole the show with a rousing speech at United's Player of The Year Awards on Tuesday night, claiming United were not far from Chelsea before, bizarrely, asking for a round of applause for the lady playing the saxophone. How can you not love this man?

Mourinho: “I can’t stop Cech leaving for United or Arsenal”

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Jose Mourinho has admitted he can't prevent Petr Cech from leaving Stamford Bridge to join Arsenal, Manchester United or PSG.

Speaking after Chelsea's 3-0 defeat against West Bromwich Albion on Mondat night, the Portuguese manager said the future of the Czech Republic international was "out of his hands".

Falcao hints to United exit

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Radamel Falcao might have dropped the biggest hint yet that his future lies away from Old Trafford, after thanking the fans for the "incredible support" this season.

The 29-year-old was substituted on Sunday and trudged off the pitch to a standing ovation, while on Tuesday he took to Twitter to thank the United supporters for what he described as an "unforgettable" season.

Smalling: “United shouldn’t celebrate finishing 4th”

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Chris Smalling has insisted Manchester United should not celebrate clinching a top four finish, which should simply been seen as a first step after last season's turmoil.

Having finished seventh under David Moyes, Louis Van Gaal achieved the target of dragging the club back into the top four, although a return to Champions League football could be short-lived as United could face a tricky playoff tie in August.

[Video] LVG sings “Louis Van Gaal’s Red Army” with fans

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Louis Van Gaal's first season at Manchester United has had its highs and lows but the Dutchman is undeniably earning himself a spot in the hearts of a lot of United fans.

Following Sunday's 1-1 draw with Arsenal, the Dutchman stopped outside Old Trafford to sign autographs before joining with chants of "Louis Van Gaal's Red Army.

Five things we’ve learnt from United vs Arsenal

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Manchester United's already slender hopes of finishing third are all but gone after Arsenal secured a late equaliser at Old Trafford on Sunday, meaning they'll need one from their next two games to clinch third place.

United looked to have the game under control for an hour before allowing Arsenal back into the contest and will now have to settle for the Champions League playoffs.

Di Maria frustrated with first United season

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Angel Di Maria has revealed he has been frustrated by his own performances this season, adding that he is capable of offering much more to the club than he has so far.

Arrived from Real Madrid for a club-record fee of £59.7m, the Argentine hit the ground running earlier in the season but has since been a shadow of his former self, hampered by a number of injuries while rumours linking him with a move away from United have increased.

Van Gaal handed £150m to spend this summer

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Louis Van Gaal has been handed £150m to spend on players this summer, as the United manager looks to continue the overhaul of his squad.

The former Holland manager spent £150m in his first summer at United on the likes of Daley Blind, Angel Di Maria, Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo and Ander Herrera but his team remain short of quality in key areas of the pitch and short of depth in others.

United will allow De Gea to leave

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Manchester United will allow David De Gea to join Real Madrid this summer, after privately accepting that there's little they can do to convince the Spaniard to sign a new deal.

According to the Telegraph, Louis Van Gaal's admission that the club had started planning for life after the Spaniard was not intended to force De Gea into signing a new deal but highlighted that United have almost given up of retaining his services.

United gunning for the third place trophy

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The end of an era. A true legend will no longer grace us with his presence. The corridors of life will feel a little more hollow each week as he slowly becomes a faded memory. A truly spectacular send off for an inspiration to us all. The world is going to miss BB King.

The giants of Crystal Palace did everything they could to honour the late great King yesterday by spoiling the party for a man who has never really appreciated music.

LVG to have a squad capable of competing an all fronts

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Ed Woodward has insisted Louis Van Gaal will have a squadcapable of challenging on every frontnext season.

United have ensured a top four finish in the Dutchman's first season at the club and have already secured the signing of PSV Eindhoven winger Memphis Depay but Woodward was adamant the club will continue to spend in the summer.

Scholes: “United won’t win the league next season”

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Paul Scholes doesn't believe Manchester United will win challenge for the Premier League title next season, despite having all but ensured a return to Champions League football in Louis Van Gaal's first season.

Having secured the signing of PSV Eindhoven winger Memphis Depay, United are expected to spend big again in the summer, but Scholes believes they should focus on cementing a place in the top four as the title might be a step too far next season.

United revenue declines early in 2015

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Manchester United reported a £20m decline in revenue in the first quarter of 2015, as the club's finances were hit byUnited's absence from the Champions League this season.

The decline in revenue was largely expected and United said they remained confident to return growth next season, with potentialearningsfrom Champions League football and a 10-year with Adidas set to boost their finances.

Bale to United “almost a done deal”

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Gareth Bale's move to Manchester United is almost a "done deal", according to Sunday Express journalist John Richardson.

The Welshman has endured a torrid second season at the Bernabeu, with Real Madrid fans openly criticising his performances, while the former Spurs player's agent claimed that Bale is unhappy as he's not involved enough by his team-mates.

Reds named in Copa America squad

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Radamel Falcao, Angel di Maria, Marcos Rojo, Antonio Valenciahave all been named in their respective countries' 30-man preliminary Copa America squad.

With the tournament, hosted by Chile this year, kicking off on 11 June and running until 4 July, United's South American contingent could be set for a very busy summer schedule, as United's pre-season tour in North America begins in mid-july.

Neville excited by Depay’s arrival

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Gary Neville has said he's excited at the prospect of watching Memphis Depay play for Manchester United, adding the Dutchman has all it takes to be a success at Old Trafford.

The former United captain described the 20-year-old as a player with great potential, suggesting that the soon-to-be former PSV Eindhoven man could prove to be the catalyst for United to resurrect their wingers tradition.

Neville: “United still four players short of winning the title”

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Manchester United are still "three to four" players short of challenging Chelsea for the Premier League title, according to Gary Neville.

Chelsea's 1-1 draw with Liverpool on Sunday meant United have all but ensured a return to the Champions League next season, but the former United captain insisted work needs to be done in the summer if Louis Van Gaal is to steer the club to the title in the next campaign.

Five things we’ve learnt from Palace vs United

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Manchester United took a significant step towards clinching a spot in the top four as they returned from South London with a 2-1 win against Crystal Palace, following a late Marouane Fellaini winner.

United struggled for long parts of the game and failed to impose themselves, although they nicked a goal with less than 15 minutes to go to extend their gap on Liverpool to eight points.

United look to drag themselves over the finish line

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As Moses came down from the hills, he held two large tablets of stone. On them were written the eleven commandments. When Moses presented these to the Israelites he felt that his work was done.

This was when one man took it upon himself to lead the world into a new light. Alan Pardew knew his time had come.

Five things you must know about Memphis Depay

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Manchester United have confirmed the signing of PSV Eindhoven winger Memphis Depay for a fee of approximately £22m.

The Dutchman, who has scored 27 goals in 38 games in all competitions this season for PSV this season, had been linked with a move to United for a few months, but here's five things you might not know about him.

United clinch Depay signing

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Manchester United have reportedly agreed a fee for PSV Eindhoven winger Memphis Depay.

On Thursday morning, a number of journalists, including the Guardian's Marcus Christenson, reported that the 21-year-old had told his team-mates he would be joining Louis Van Gaal at Old Trafford next season.

United are (financially) just behind Barca and Real Madrid

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Manchester United are the third-most valuable football club in the world, according to American business magazineForbes.

United are third in the top 20 list, behind Real Madrid, who have been named the most valuable team for the third year running ahead of arch-rivals Barcelona.

The two Spanish giantsare valued at £2.

Nani wants United return

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Nani wants to return to Manchester United this summer after telling Sporting Lisbon fans that he has "different ambitions".

The 28-year-old was loaned out to his former club at the start of the season, going on to impress in for the Portuguese giants, scoring 11 goals and assisting a further eight in 35 games in all competitions.

United could keep Falcao next season

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Radamel Falcao could remain at Old Trafford next season, as Manchester United are reportedly considering extending the Colombian loan until January.

The former Porto and Atletico Madrid striker has struggled since arriving to Old Trafford in September, scoring just four goals in 27 appearances in all competitions and United looked unlikely to fork out the £43.

Evra: “Tevez has United blood like me”

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Patrice Evra has claimed that Carlos Tevez still has Manchester United in his blood after the Argentine scored to give Juventus a 2-1 lead against Real Madrid after the first leg of their Champions League semifinal.

Tevez left United in acrimonious circumstances to join City after Sir Alex Ferguson opted against signing the former Boca Juniors striker, before establishing himself as one of Serie A's best players after a somewhat mixed spell on the blue side of Manchester.

Blind keeps faith with Van Gaal

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Daley Blind has said Manchester United must stick together and finish the season on a high after three defeats in a row have threatened to dent their challenge for a top-four finish.

Having won six on the bounce, United have lost to Chelsea, Everton and West Bromwich, failing to score in all three games as an injury to Michael Carrick has disrupted Louis Van Gaal's plans.

LVG: “RVP will no longer take penalties for United”

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Louis Van Gaal has confirmed both Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie have been axed from the list of penalty takers for the remainder of the season.

Van Persie's miss condemned United to a 1-0 defeat against West Bromwich on Saturday, their third defeat in a row, and Van Gaal said it will now be up to someone else to step up to the spot.

Neville: “Carrick is like Pirlo, Scholes and Busquets”

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Gary Neville has heaped praise on Michael Carrick, describing his former teammate as a combination between Andrea Pirlo, Paul Scholes and Sergio Busquets.

Carrick has been pivotal to Manchester United's resurgence over the last month and a half but he was badly missed as Louis Van Gaal's men stumbled to consecutive defeats at Chelsea and Everton.