Of all the attempts to knock the enthusiasm out of Louis van Gaal's arrival at Old Trafford, the least cutting jibe of them all has been the one about the Dutchman being some throwback who was only big in the 90s.
Besides being inaccurate—his post-2000 title-winning spells with AZ Alkmaar and Bayern Munich, and the Netherlands' success at the World Cup this summer are all achievements that would enhance the CV of any manager—it seems odd to try and use the decade that birthed the Premier League as the frame of reference through which to criticise the new manager at Old Trafford.
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.
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.
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.
Manchester United have confirmed that they have sold out all 55,000 of the available season tickets. This is the fastest sell out since the summer before the 2006-2007 season.
Price increases and the automatic cup scheme have put some fans off since then and whilst the club has claimed to have a season ticket waiting list for years, they have been desperate to sell off season tickets at the start of every season.
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.
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.
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.
Manchester United and Mexico striker Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez has went public with his disappointment over how he was treated by former United manager David Moyes last season.
The 26-year-old only made six starts in the Premier League last year and had to settle for 18 appearances from substitutes bench as Moyes preferred to use Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck ahead of him.
Turkish side Galatasaray have revealed that David Moyes has been in touch regarding their current managerial vacancy, confirming that they have participated in apreliminary chat with the former Manchester United boss but that he isn't one of their first choices as things stand.
Former Manchester United boss David Moyes could be set for a swift return to club management with reports suggesting that he is set to take over the helm of Turkish club Galatasaray.
The 51-year-old tactician was sacked by the Red Devils earlier this year after ten woeful months at Old Trafford, a period in which then Premier League champions slipped to seventh place in the league table.
So you already know that Manchester United have signed Athletic Bilbao's highly-rated midfielder Ander Herrera. He becomes the first signing of United's new boss Louis van Gaal who has promised he will go after trophies as soon as he takes charge at Old Trafford. While we all know Herrera was pursued by ex-manager David Moyes last year and a deal could not be finalized but this year several
Around the start of April, it all seemed to be incredibly bleak. Manchester United were persevering with David Moyes. Moyes was a disaster, and it didn't seem that he was learning. If anything, it seemed like a substandard manager had made things so bad that he'd never get out of the deepening hole.
Nicky Butt is expected to remain as Manchester United as a coach once the Louis Van Gaal era finally gets underway in its earnest, with the former United midfielder set to continue his role with the club's academy.
A product of the Class of '92, Butt will continue to manage the Under-19 side in the UEFA Youth League and he'll also continue to work alongside Warren Joyce with the Under-21 side, after having being temporarily promoted to the first team fold by Ryan Giggs when the Welshman replaced David Moyes for the last four games of last season.
OFFICIAL: Manchester United sign Ander Herrera - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Manchester United have completed their first signing of the summer after landing Atheltic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera.
A statement on United's official website read, "Manchester United is delighted to announce that, after triggering the buy-out clause in his contract on Tuesday, it has signed Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera from Athletic Club in Bilbao, pending the receipt of the International Transfer Certificate.
Manchester United look to beon the brink of sealing their first transfer of the summer window, with reports suggesting that the Red Devils are currentlyin advanced talkswith Athletic Bilbao about a deal for central midfielder Ander Herrera.
According to reportscoming out ofSpain (h/t The Telegraph), a £29 million deal is close to completion and the midfielder is set to become the first signing of the Louis van Gaal era at Old Trafford.
The 18th of June was the day that Louis Van Gaal, Manchester United fans and football fans in general waited for with anticipation.Van Gaal ,who probably had most of his attention fixed on his teams World Cup clash with Australia later on in the day, will more than likely be pleased with the fixture list handed to him as will the majority of fans, forUnited's start to the season looks a lot less demanding thanthe extremely tough start David Moyes was given last season.
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.
Louis van Gaal was linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur for several months before United confirmed that he would be replacing the sacked David Moyes. Van Gaal has confirmed that the reports were not just rumours though, with a deal very close to being agreed.
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.
Rafael has insisted the players should shoulder the blame for United's abysmal showing last season and that him and his team-mates are the only figures responsible for United's worst season since 1989-90, as United finished seventh and missed out on European football altogether for the first time in over two decades.
Days after Danny Welbeck was first linked with a move away from Manchester United, David Moyes was sacked. Coincidence? I think not.
Getting embarrassed by our rivals, failing to qualify for the Champions League, employing dire football, showing little to no tactical nous and dithering over transfer targets might be the popular understanding for why Moyes lost his job, but it doesn't take a genius to work out that upsetting our Danny meant the former Everton boss had taken it one step too far.
Man Utd to offload midfielder for (almost) HALF PRICE - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
When David Moyes arrived in Manchester it came with an air of hope that he could continue along the same path of success that had been enjoyed by fellow Scotsman, Alex Ferguson, for many years preceding.
Towards the end of last season there were rumours linking Danny Welbeck with a move away from the club. The lad from Longsight has been at the club since he was a kid and there's no questioning his love for United, but with David Moyes as the manager, he was reportedly keen to leave.
However, with Moyes gone and Louis van Gaal in his place, Welbeck's happiness has returned.
It's either complete rubbish to just sell copy or there is some substance in it. According to the Express, Chelsea have revived their interest in Wayne Rooney this summer and are preparing a £40m bid!!
Now it's an interesting one for many, many reasons. First the situation with Louis Van Gaal heading to Manchester after the World Cup and his apparent admiration for Robin Van Persie.
One of the most intriguing reports I have seen over the past few days is Chelsea's interest in Bayern Munich Midfielder Toni Kroos. The downside is that if anything was to happen, it wouldn't be until this time next season!
Out of most of the midfielders that Chelsea have been linked with, Kroos for me is the main man that we should be focusing our efforts on trying to sign.
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