Sport giants Nike have pulled out of a shirt sponsorship deal with Manchester United. The Red Devils have asked for £60million+ a year for Nike to supply the kit and training gear. Nike has decided not to renew their contract with the club. However Nike have the first right of refusal in case they want to reconsider.
The new home kit modeled by Manchester United's Robin Van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Shinji Kagawa marks the start of a new era for the Red Devils — a new manager, a new sponsor and possibly a new sense of hope ahead of the upcoming season.
American supporters will be the first to see the new kits in action on July 23 when Manchester United play against the LA Galaxy at the start of their summer tour.
Manchester United began the new Louis Van Gaal era in a big way today with the signing of Ander Herrera for a reported £29m from Athletic Bilbao. Herrera was pursued last summer by the Red Devils but ultimately that pursuit not only fell short but was the possible subject of sabotage.
Herrera told the official Manchester United website:
"Signing for Manchester United is a dream come true.
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 2014 World Cup is almost upon us, and while the sight of the likes of Spain, Brazil and Germany battling it out for the greatest prize in football will be quite enough intrigue for most, there will be a fewfans keeping one eye on their own beloved club's representatives in South America.
Manchester United, for one, have seen14 players fly off to Brazil this summer, all gunning for that precious little gold trophy.
From Ukraine: Liverpool target set to snub Manchester United? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
According to latest reports from Ukraine, long term Liverpool target and FCDnipro wingerYevhen Konoplyanka has snubbed potential interests from Manchester United, preferring to stay at the club in the summer.
In a blow to Manchester United supporters who were hoping that Louis Van Gaal would be able to convince Thomas Müller to join the Red Devils, the German international looks set to reject the chance to move to Old Trafford. While, at the same time, Van Gaal has ended his interest in trying to sign Bayern Munich midfield star Toni Kroos.
Another transfer failure: Manchester United end their interest in Toni Kroos - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
So was Manchester United's pursuit of Toni Kroos from February a fruitless ordeal or a smokescreen to link big names usingthe club's brand value? The Red Devils are set to end their chase for the 24 year old German who has been linked with the Manchester outfit over the past few months.
Manchester United star to decide future after World Cup - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa will decide his future after the World Cup according to reports in TMW. The Japanese play maker has struggled to get ample game time on the pitch since his arrival from Borussia Dortmund in 2012.
It's confirmed! Louis van Gaal has been named Manchester United manager. He will quit his current role as National coach for Holland after the 2014 FIFA World Cup and lead the Red Devils from the 2014/15 season after signing a three year contract. As expected, Ryan Giggs will be assistant manager of Manchester United after announcing his retirement from professional football today.
Manchester United are close to a deal with adidas to be the official kit supplier beginning with the 2015/16 season, but until a decision is reached, the Red Devils will continue to wear Nike shirts for the 2014/15 season, featuring a brand-new sponsor emblazoned across the front of the shirts.
Whether the above shirts are legitimate leaked photos of what Manchester United will be wearing next season, we'll have to wait and see.
Anyone remember a player by the name of Teeratep Winothai? Yes? No? David Moyes may not recall him but Winothai scored the winner for the Singha All Star XI as Manchester United succumbed 1-0 in the Scot's first game in charge of the Red Devils.
Though the result seemed harmless enough, it was nonetheless an inauspicious start to David Moyes' tenure as Manchester United manager.
I was eleven years old when Manchester United beat Bayern Munich in the 1999 Champions League final. At the time, I was not aware of treble implications, David Beckham's unanticipated introduction into the starting eleven, or even Sir Alex's construction of a football dynasty. The only thing I understood was that the team in red never gave up, never surrendered, and never lost faith.
Manchester United announced on Tuesday that they have fired manager David Moyes after a disappointing first season and Ryan Giggs will serve as head coach of the club on an interim basis.
Moyes more than struggled to replace legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson this season, failing to qualify for the UEFA Champions League for the first time since 1995 and enduring an inconsistent and subpar year that will see Man Utd finish with their lowest-ever points total in the Premiership.
While most of the media coverage today will be on all of the mistakes that Manchester United and Moyes have made in the past 12 months now that Moyes' reign has come to an end, let's take a look at five of the highlights of his short career in charge of the Red Devils:
5. Manchester United vs Wigan (Community Shield) – August 11, 2013
Had it been any other trophy, it surely would be #1 on the list.
Despite scoring first against Bayern Munich both home and away, Manchester United were totally outclassed over the two legs, and the gulf between both sides was plain to see, where the best Manchester United could do was to block their penalty area with eight players in hopes of stifling Bayern.
After losing 4-2 on aggregate to Manchester United, and exiting the UEFA Champions League, the season for the Red Devils is effectively over.
Manchester United scouts have been watching PSV right-back Santiago Arias, according to reports. We reported in March that United were being linked with the Colombia international and it seems they are now stepping up that interest. The Red Devils have had the 22-year-old watched on several occasions in recent weeks, claims Dutch website Voetbal [.
We beat Manchester United in early December at Old Trafford 1-0, and that was the first time we had beaten the Red Devils in that fixture since 1973, and the last time we had beaten the Red Devils twice in the league we estimated at around 100 years and of course that was tongue [...]
Manchester United, having gone into the match tasked with avoiding further humiliation in this most abject of seasons, produced a hugely spirited display and will be disappointed to head to Munich next Wednesday with merely a 1-1 draw to show for their efforts.
That the Red Devils produced such a result against the odds attributes a lot to their counter-attacking game-plan.
It was really bad news this morning to read that it looks like Loic Remy is a real doubt for the home game against Manchester United on Saturday, because his return to the side could have provided the big spark needed to get a result against the Red Devils, who are nothing like the teams [...]
One of England's biggest matches of the season kicks off today under unfamiliar circumstances with the current Premier League title-holders playing against the team that is battling to win the title, while the red half of Manchester are fighting to finish in a European qualification spot.
Today's Manchester derby gives United an ideal opportunity to smash City's title chances, while finishing the season with some pride as long as Red Devils manager David Moyes can get his team into Europe by the end of the season.
Manchester United will look to continue their winning form as they face local rivals and noisy neighbours Manchester City tomorrow at Old Trafford in the last derby game of this season. After two convincing wins against Olympiakos and West Ham United, the Red Devils will hope to take this winning mentality and momentum to beat title contenders City.
Manchester United manager David Moyes has his back against the wall if some media reports are to be believed. Despite signs that the manager was beginning to get the Red Devils turned in the right direction, time and again when the big tests have come his side has failed. The latest defeat was a shocking capitulation at Old Trafford against Liverpool, the club's biggest rival.
I must admit, I was pretty darn disappointed in the result on Tuesday afternoon. In all honesty, I needed a day or two to really recover from the 2-1 loss to Belgium. I may not even be really over it as I write this post either.
Going into this World Cup, I had the United States escaping from the Group of Death to play Belgium.
We did it. We survived, when no one told us we could. But hold the celebrations, business is far from finished. The last time these teams met was just over a year ago in a friendly that ended with a 4-2 Belgium win. People are going to want to use comparisons between the two games, but don't. Both lineups look different, especially considering Klinsmann was still experimenting with lineups at that time.
What if I told you that a team that didn't even qualify for the 2006 and 2010 World Cups will win their group with ease? What if I told you that I am not the first person to mention this? Before this starts sounding like the script to an ESPN 30 for 30 film, let me explain: if the Belgian National Team was a human, it would watch Pretty Little Liars, drink Starbucks coffee, and wear Ugg Boots, yoga pants, and lens-less glasses.
With a calm and collected first-half finish, Gonzalo Higuaín earned Argentina a narrow quarterfinal victory over Belgium to reserve his side's spot in the semifinal round. After both teams endured taxing 120-minute matches earlier this week in the Round of 16, the Argentines, buoyed by Higuaín, came out on top today and ended hopes of advancing for Belgium's Red Devils.