Red Rants Archives for January 2015

United and PSG agree deal for Di Maria

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Manchester United and PSG have reached an agreement over the transfer of Angel Di Maria to the French capital, according to Sky Sports' Spanish football expert Guillem Balague.

The Argentinedid notjoin up with the United squad in San Jose for the last leg of their US tour, after he wasgiven an extended break following his involvement in the Copa America with Argentina and PSG manager Laurent Blanc suggested a deal was 'very close'.

Di Maria has gone AWOL, admits Van Gaal

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Louis Van Gaal has admitted he "does not know" where Angel Di Maria is and has refused to get drawn on speculations that the Argentine winger could be heading to PSG this summer.

Speaking after United's 2-0 defeat in a friendly against the Ligue 1 champions, the Dutchman said he was not aware of any deal to bring the club's record signing to the French capital, even though PSG's manager Laurent Blanc claimed an agreement was "close".

United close in on forward

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Manchester United have edged increasingly close to secure the signing of Barcelona forward Pedro, according to Spanish newspaper Sport.

The 27-year-old has been linked with a move to Old Trafford for over a week now, asLouis Van Gaal looks to bolster his attacking options, particularly given Angel Di Maria looks set to complete a move to PSG before the end of the transfer window.

LVG: “This will be Shaw’s season”

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Louis Van Gaal believes Luke Shaw will recover from a difficult first season at Old Trafford to establish himself as aregular for Manchester United.

The 20-year-old struggled to replicate the form he had shown at Southampton two seasons ago and managed to play in only 20 of United's 44 games in their first campaign under Van Gaal, who criticised the England international's lack of match fitness at the start of last season.

Van Gaal wants star signing

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Manchester United need a "galactico" signing to rediscover the creativity and attacking flair they missed last season, according to Louis Van Gaal.

The Dutchman spent a club record £59.7m on Angel Di Maria last season but after a bright start the Argentine's spellat Old Trafford descended into mediocrity and he now looks set to complete a move to PSG.

United unveil new keeper

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Manchester United have completed the signing of Argentina keeper Sergio Romero from Serie A side Sampdoria.

The Argentine, who played under Louis Van Gaal at AZ Alkmaar, has signed a three-year deal with an option for a further 12 months and will, at least initially, replace the departing Victor Valdes as David De Gea's understudy at Old Trafford.

United target submits transfer request, tells club he’s off

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Barcelona forward Pedro has told his teammates that he will join Manchester United and he's set to submit a transfer request, according to Spanish newspaper Marca.

Marca, which is traditionally closer to Real Madrid than Barcelona, suggests that the Spain international has decided to leave the Camp Nou this summer and has told the club's board and his teammates that he wants to join United.

Lingard wants United stay

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Jesse Lingard said he's determined to prove his worth at Manchester United and would rather stay at Old Trafford than head out on loan.

The 22-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan at Derby County, where he impressed even though the Rams fell short of promotion.

The England U21's performances have attracted interest from a number of Championship clubs but the youngster, who was on target at last month's U21 European Championship, explained he's hopeful to be given a chance to impress Louis Van Gaal.

Young’s future up in the air

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Ashley Young has admitted his future is still up in the air, as he is still to be offered a new contract by the club.

The United winger is out of contract at the end of next season and despite an impressive campaign, which transformed him from pantomime villain into a player leading by example, Young is yet to sign a new deal.

United target “could leave” Barcelona

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Manchester United target Pedro couldleave Barcelona, according to Spain international Sergio Busquets.

Speaking in San Francisco ahead of their game against United, the Barcelona midfielder admitted his teammate could soon be set to leave the Nou Camp.

"Yes, I have spoken to him but I won't tell you what he said," said Busquets.

United dealt blow in defender’s pursuit

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Manchester United's pursuit of Sergio Ramos has been dealt a major blow, after Real Madrid manager Rafa Benitez insisted the Spaniard will not be sold this summer.

United have been linked with a move for the 29-year-old for almost a month now, with Louis Van Gaal seemingly determined to add the Spain international to a defence that requires major strengthening.

United lodge £70m striker bid

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Manchester United have submitted a £70m bid for Bayern Munich striker Thomas Müller, according to reportsthat emerged in Germany on Wednesday.

The World Cup winner, who has played under Louis Van Gaal early in his career, has been linked with a move to Old Trafford over the last couple of weeks, with reports published on Monday suggesting he was the United manager'smain target to replace Radamel Falcao and Robin Van Persie.

Fellaini determined to fight for his place

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Marouane Fellaini has insisted he will fight for his place in his side next season and claimed the way Manchester United are perceived has changed since Louis Van Gaal replaced David Moyes 12 months ago.

The Belgian will miss the first three domestic games of the season after receiving a straight red card against Hull in the final game of the last campaign, which prompted him to apologise to the United manager on the first day of the summer break.

United’s “surprise signing” not a striker

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Louis Van Gaal has said Manchester United's "surprise signing" is not a striker, despite what has been reported over the last couple of days.

The United manager had hinted that United will bring in a surprise name to bolster their attacking options before the transfer deadline, but he now seems to have backtracked, indicating that the signing might not be a striker after all.

United’s new striker “in the process”, says LVG

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Louis Van Gaal said Manchester United's pursuit of their new striker was "in the process" and added the name on his list was not one of those United have been linked with over the last couple of weeks.

Having opted against signing Radamel Falcao on a permanent basis and with Robin Van Persie sold to Fenerbache, United have only three strikers on their books with less than four weeks to go until the start of the season but Van Gaal reassured fans that he will bolster his options up-front.

Rooney sets goals target

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Wayne Rooney has said he's relishing the opportunity to be Manchester United's number one striker yet again, after a season in which he was often deployed out of position.

With Robin Van Persie and Radamel Falcao no longer at the club, Rooney, who scored just 14 goals last season the lowestscored by a leading United scorer for 33 years will be United's main man up-front next season, as revealed by Louis Van Gaal last week.

Striker’s agent rules United move

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Edinson Cavani will not leave PSGthis summer, the striker's agent said on Sunday, pouring could water on rumours linking him with a move to the Premier League.

The Uruguayanwas thought to be one of the names on Louis Van Gaal's list as the United manager looks to bolster his attacking options, following the departures of Radamel Falcao and Robin Van Persie.

RVP: “Van Gaal did not give me a chance”

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Robin Van Persie has claimed he was not given a "honest" chance by Louis Van Gaal and explained why the relationship between him and the former Holland manager broke down.

After a difficult campaign under David Moyes, the Dutchman, who completed a move to Fenerbache earlier this week to bring a three-year spell at United to an end, was expected to be revitalised by Van Gaal's arrivalbut failed to make an impression.

Van Gaal hints at surprise signing

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Louis Van Gaal has hinted that Manchester United could complete a "surprise signing" before the transferdeadline.

Speaking after United's 1-0 win against Club America in their first pre-season friendly, the Dutchman stressed he was not worried by the lack of depth up-front, adding that United could add a surprise name to their forward line.

United set to trigger Barca forward’s release clause

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Manchester United are set to trigger the release clause of Barcelona's forward Pedro, as Louis Van Gaal looks to bolster his options up-front.

According to the Guardian and Times, the United manager is determined to closethe 27-year-old as soon as he can, given there are less than four weeks to go until the season kicks off and has instructed the club to trigger the player's £22m release clause.

United defender set for exit

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Jonny Evanslooks set to move to Everton this summer, as Louis Van Gaal continues to offload players he deems to be surplus to requirements.

Having decided against signing Radamel Falcao on a permanent basis, the United manager has sanctioned the sale of Nani and Robin Van Persie though a fee for the Dutchman remains to be agreed to Fenerbache, while Tom Cleverley has left the club on a free.

Carrick welcomes competition

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Michael Carrick has welcome the arrivals of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin, claiming that competition for places will benefit the club.

United signed the duo for approximately £40m earlier this week, as Louis Van Gaal secured two of his main transfer targets as he looks to bolster his midfield options.

United to sell Valdes

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Victor Valdes will leave Manchester United this summer, as Louis Van Gaal confirmed the goalkeeper will be sold after refusing to play with the reserves.

The Spaniard, who joined United as a free agent last year, has another 18 months on his contract and was widely tipped to be David De Gea's replacement, should the current United complete his move to Real Madrid.

Depay reveals reason behind joining United

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Memphis Depay has revealed that Bayern Munich were interested in signing him but that Louis Van Gaal convinced him to join Manchester United.

The Dutchman, United's first signing of the summer, attracted interest from a number of clubs, including Liverpool and Bayern, but decided to move to Old Trafford in a £25m deal once he had spoken with the former Holland manager.

Why Fergie’s last gamble paid off

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It is just over a year since Robin Van Persie's diving header met Daley Blind's cross before flying past Iker Casillas, as Holland drew level againstSpain in their World Cup debut.

Most of those watching the game took the Dutchman's finish as a glimpse of what the future had in store for him and Manchester United.

Schweinsteiger: “United the only club I’d have left Bayern for”

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Bastian Schweinsteiger has said Manchester United are the only club he would have left Bayern Munich for and that he was ready to testhimself in the Premier League.

The Germany international, who completed his £15m move to Old Trafford on Monday before joining his new team-mates on their US tour, said only the prospect of playing for United could convince him to bring his 17-year spell at the Bavarian giants to an end.

United land midfield target

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Morgan Schneiderlin said joining Manchester United was an easy decision to make and that he is looking forward to win trophies at Old Trafford.

The Frenchman became United's fourth signing of the summer when he completed his £24m move from Southampton on Monday, ahead of joining his new teammates on the US tour.

Sources claim that Schneiderlin has completed medical

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Within the last few hours sources withinthe Manchester Evening News have claimed that Morgan Schneiderlin has completed his medical today and will travel to the US tomorrow for United's pre season tour.

Both Rob Dawson and Stuart Mathieson have claimed that the French midfielder completed a medical earlier today in secret and is due to be part of Van Gaal's pre season plans.

United unveil new signing

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Manchester United have confirmedMatteo Darmian as their latest signing, after agreeing a deal with Torino for the Italian right-back.

The Italy international was officially unveiled on Saturday night after signing a four-year deal with an option for a further 12 months,while the Serie A outfit will initially receive £12.

RVP to leave United this weekend

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Robin Van Persie will join Fenerbache by the end of this weekend, according to the Turkish club's chairman, Aziz Yildirim.

The Dutchman, who is expected to cost the Istanbul side approximately £3.6m, will join former United teammate Nani in Turkey.

"We worked very hard, until midnight.

Imminent transfers for a complete midfield overhaul

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Like a diabetic in a sweet shop all this midfield transfer activity has become a little overwhelming. For years under the Sir Alex Ferguson most of us just accepted that a midfield was a luxury and not a necessity. It seems Van Gaal is happy to introduce a radical idea of having players in the middle of the park, rather than the Chileannumber six Émpty Spacé that's occupied the role for years.

United agree to sell striker

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Manchester United have reached an agreement with Dinamo Zagreb to sell Angelo Henriquez to the Croatian side.

Henriquez has impressed during his spellin the Croatian capital, scoring 20 goals in 25 appearances for Dinamo, as the outfit from the Croatian capital won the Croatian First League.

Di Maria taken off with suspected injury in Copa America final

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Di Maria taken off with suspected injury in Copa America final

Angel di Maria had to be taken off with a suspected hamstring injury in the Copa America final.

The Manchester United winger was running at full pace before he pulled up and he wasn't able to run it off, so he had to be substituted.

Van Persie agrees terms with Turkish giants

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Robin Van Persie is edging closer to leave Manchester United after having reportedly agreed personal terms with Fenerbache.

According to the Guardian, the Dutchman's agent, Kees Vos, has spent the last two days in Istanbul in a bid to clinch a deal with the Super Lig giants, which had been linked with a move for the 31-year-old for the last couple of weeks.

United target could leave Bayern this summer

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Bastian Schweinsteiger could leave Bayern Munich this summer, according to Matthias Sammer, the club's sporting director.

The 2014 World Cup winner has spent his whole career with the Bavarian giants but has been repeatedly linked with a move to Old Trafford over the last couple of years, with rumours intensifying in the last month or so.

United not title contenders yet

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Gary Neville believes Manchester United are not ready to challenge Chelsea for the Premier League title just yet.

United finished fourth in Louis Van Gaal's first campaign at the club and are expected to turn from also-rans into title contenders, but the former United right-back insisted they've some catching up to do if they're to challenge Chelsea.