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Barcelona to play Manchester United in the summer

A Barcelona legends side will take on their Manchester United counterparts at Camp Nou on June 30.

The game had originally been scheduled for last summer, but several of the players due to be involved had commitments revolving around the European Championship in France, meaning the fixture had to be called off.

There will also be a return leg between the two sides, which will take place at Old Trafford on Sept. 2.

Managed by Jose Mari Bakero, Barca legends played their first ever game earlier this year in Querertaro against a team which included former Mexican stars.

Among the players to play for the Blaugrana that day were Hristo Stoichkov, Vitor Baia, Edmilson, Gheorghe Popescu, Ronald de Boer and Gaizka Mendieta.

Since that game in April, Ronaldinho has returned to Barca in an ambassador role and upon his appointment the club also said he would be involved with the legends side, although no players have been confirmed for the match against United.

Barca say they will announce further fixtures soon as they bid “to honour the many footballers that have worn the club jersey over the years and to help globalise the Barca name and values through former players.”

Manchester United legends, meanwhile, will play an all-star charity match at the nib Stadium in Perth in March.

Former United players, including Paul Scholes, Dwight Yorke, Denis Irwin and Mikael Silvestre, will take on the PFA Aussie Legends in a clash that will raise money for the Manchester United Foundation and the DT38 Foundation.

Van Gaal Welcomes Guardiola Arrival

The Manchester United boss is looking forward to renewing acquaintances with the Spaniard, who he worked with during his time in charge of Barcelona

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has welcomed Manchester City’s appointment of Pep Guardiola.

Van Gaal was Guardiola’s manager during their time together at Barcelona and made the former midfielder his captain at Camp Nou.

The Spaniard has since followed his old boss into management and enjoyed great success during his time in charge of both Barca and Bayern Munich.

His next challenge will see him replace Manuel Pellegrini at the Etihad Stadium next summer, where he will immediately become a rival of Van Gaal, though the Dutchman says he will be happy to see him.

He said: “He is my former captain so I am very pleased to see him. And I can speak Spanish so it is very convenient for me!”

Van Gaal was talking after United’s 3-0 win over Stoke City on Tuesday night, which came courtesy of goals from Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney.

Bale’s Agent Slams ‘Disgraceful’ Transfer Leak And Demands Investigation

Details of the Welshman’s transfer from Tottenham have been revealed, detailing that he cost more than Cristiano Ronaldo

Gareth Bale‘s agent Jonathan Barnett has described the leaked details of the Welshman’s transfer to Real Madrid as “disgraceful” and demanded an investigation.

Website Football Leaks published documents detailing the star’s transfer in 2013 which state the world-record figure paid by Madrid to Tottenham.

It is claimed the Santiago Bernabeu club parted with €100,759,418 for Bale – more than the €94m fee paid for Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009 – despite their previous insistence that Bale’s deal cost closer to €91.59m.

Reports in Spain also suggest Tottenham were forbidden from disclosing details of the transfer fee, which is understood to have been paid in four installments.

Barnett is furious at the leak and has called for apologies from the Football Association, telling Telegraph Sport: “There should be an inquiry and an independent investigation because it’s outrageous.

“There also needs to be an apology from the Football Association to the clubs and the player.

“I think it’s disgraceful that people can get hold of this sort of stuff. It shows complete disregard for both clubs and the player.”

A British journalist claimed this month that Madrid had instructed him not to mention Bale’s world-record fee during an interview with the 26-year-old.

“Real Madrid are a club so worried about image that when I interviewed Bale it was requested to me, ‘don’t put in the article how much Gareth Bale cost’,” Jonathan Norcroft of The Sunday Times told the BBC.

“The reason for that is because it was a world-record transfer fee, but Cristiano Ronaldo doesn’t like to see that someone else cost more than him.”

Read Letter An 11 Year Old Boy Sent To Former Man Utd Boss, Sir Alex Ferguson Criticizing His Methods And Fergie Replied

It seems the legendary former Manchester United manager is more receptive to criticism than we all thought, after an 11 year old boy who sent a letter to him in 2005 got a reply from him thanking him for supporting the club.

The boy now 21 released pictures of the letter online this week. Back in 2005, 11 year-old Paul Golah was given a task at school where he had to write a letter to a famous person. Paul chose Sir Alex Ferguson but as you can see here, this was not going to be any ordinary, fawning attempt to get an autograph. Paul decided to tell Sir Alex his mind straightaway. See Sir Alex’s response below…


Manchester United Going Backwards Under Van Gaal, Says Ferdinand

The former defender says the next six months are crucial and finishing outside the top four may mean the club miss out on Pep Guardiola or Carlo Ancelotti

Manchester United players are too afraid to express themselves and are going backwards under manager Louis van Gaal, according to former defender Rio Ferdinand.

Van Gaal has been criticised for his defensive style of play but the under-pressure Dutchman has showed no signs of swaying from his rigid approach despite the club’s five-match winless run.

United lost 2-1 at Bournemouth in the Premier League on Saturday, adding to their Champions League group-stage exit midweek.

And Ferdinand said something has to change, sooner rather than later, with United fourth in the standings, four points adrift of leaders Arsenal.

“Players are playing it safe because they are afraid of the consequences if they try to take chances,” Ferdinand told The Sun.

“Manchester United are going backwards again and I don’t see that changing because the manager will not change.

“They have to be allowed to express themselves.” 

Van Gaal is under contract until 2017 but faces an uncertain future amid increasing fan frustration.

Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola and former Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti have been linked with a move to Old Trafford.

Ferdinand added: “Pep Guardiola and Carlo Ancelotti will be available this summer and the question is will they be able to do a better job than Van Gaal?

“The board and owners might want to be loyal to Van Gaal after investing so much in him but they also have to do what is best for United.

“And if United finish outside the top four, that will be catastrophic.

“It might rule out the chance of getting either Guardiola or Ancelotti.

Cocu: I Hope Man Utd Fans Don’t Boo Moreno

The Mexican defender is expected to be targeted by the home fans after he injured Luke Shaw in their last encounter but the PSV coach hopes that is not the case

PSV coach Philip Cocu is hopeful Manchester United supporters will be forgiving of Hector Moreno, who inflicted a broken leg on Luke Shaw in September.

Cocu’s PSV make the trip to Manchester for their Champions League Group B clash at Old Trafford on Wednesday, with United full-back Shaw a notable absentee.

Shaw suffered a horrific double fracture in his right leg following a robust challenge from Moreno in the 2-1 reverse loss in Eindhoven two months ago.

Moreno and Cocu visited Shaw in hospital after the incident and the travelling PSV fans will unveil a “get well soon” banner for the England international at the stadium.

Speaking ahead of the game, Cocu was asked if he thought Moreno would be targeted by United fans and the Dutchman replied: “I hope not.

“It was a very bad injury. Hopefully Luke Shaw will get back soon.

“He is a fantastic player. The most important thing will be that he is back on his feet shortly, joining the team and playing for Manchester United, but we don’t know what will happen tomorrow in the game.”

United top the group on seven points from four matches, one clear of PSV and Wolfsburg.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: “It Is Too Late For Premier League Move”

The striker has been linked with a move to England but says it’s unlikely he will play there at this stage of his career

Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has all but ruled out a move to the Premier League at the end of the season.

The 34-year-old’s contract with PSG expires at the end of the season and he has yet to make a decision about his long-term future.

Ibrahimovic has been linked with a move to Manchester United, but a transfer to England now appears unlikely.

“I think it is too late to come to England,” the striker told Sportsmail. “I am very happy at PSG. I have six months to go on my contract and we will see what happens afterwards.

“I am enjoying it, I enjoy every day on the field. While I am playing at the top level I just want to enjoy it and do my thing. I do not know where I will finish my career, let’s wait and see.”

Ibrahimovic netted twice in Sweden’s 2-2 draw with Denmark on Tuesday to send his county through to Euro 2016 and he has admitted he will probably retire from international duty after the tournament in France.

“I am looking forward to the Euros,” he added. “It is probably going to be my last tournament with the national team and I am very excited because before these two play-off games there was all this kind of talk that we were not able to beat Denmark.

“Now we are very happy and I am satisfied. It will be magic for everyone.”

“I Play Like Cristiano Ronaldo” – Bebe

Rayo Vallecano attacker Bebe feels his playing style is similar to that of Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.

Former Manchester United attacker Bebe has likened his style to that of Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo, while also voicing his admiration for Didier Drogba.

Bebe has impressed this campaign at Rayo Vallecano after previous disappointing spells with United and Benfica and he believes his style of play is similar to that of his illustrious compatriot.

“My idols? Drogba and Cristiano Ronaldo. I have the same way of running and the same shooting style as Cristiano,” Bebe told AS.

“He’s definitely one of my favourites.”

The 25-year-old failed to make the grade at United after joining from Vitoria Guimaraes in 2010, but he still has fond memories of his time at Old Trafford.

“It all happened very quickly, a total surprise. One day I’m training and the next they’re telling me that I’m going to sign a five-year contract with Manchester United. I thought it was a joke. I wasn’t there long, but I enjoyed it,” Bebe added.

“It was every kid’s dream, it was insane. I was playing with the best in the world. It wasn’t easy, the first week I had to take a deep breath, but I got used to it. I adapted and tried to fit in.

“Rio Ferdinand, Ryan Giggs and Wayne Rooney really impressed me. A few months earlier I was watching them on TV and suddenly here I was running, jumping and talking to them. Giggs really caught my attention, I saw how they loved him, always asking for autographs, pictures, jerseys.”

“Manchester United Must Start Making Life Easier For Themselves”- Bastian Schweinsteiger

The German says he experienced 10-man defences in the Bundesliga

Manchester United are making strides towards breaking down defensive opponents says Bastian Schweinsteiger.

The Reds finally shattered West Brom’s 10-man blockade at Old Trafford on Saturday with second half goals from Jesse Lingard and a late Juan Mata penalty.

But the German midfielder concedes the Reds still have to get better and understands the fans frustration with United’s possession style and lack of excitement.

“You recognise what the supporters are saying but football is not only attack,” says the 31-year-old.

“There are teams with different game styles and they also win titles. But especially in home matches we have to press and go forward.

“We did well offensively against West Brom. When you are playing a team who defend with ten men it is not easy to find the gaps. There is still room for improvement but we did improve on breaking a team down.

Schweinsteiger speaks excellent English
Schweinsteiger speaks excellent English

“Teams defending is not exclusive to England. In Munich it was exactly the same. It was difficult then with opponents defending heavily. I saw recently Bayern drew 0-0 at Frankfurt because Frankfurt were defending.

“It happens but you have to find solutions and this is where we can still improve to make it easier for ourselves.”

David Moyes Sacked By Real Sociedad

The former Everton and Manchester United boss has paid the price for a poor start to the 2015-16 season, after just 12 months in charge of the San Sebastian club

Real Sociedad have confirmed that they have sacked head coach David Moyes.

The ex-Manchester United boss joined the Liga outfit a year ago, but after failing to help them in their push up the Spanish standings, they have parted company with the Scotsman.

Real confirmed in a statement released on Monday that they were dispensing with Moyes’ services. 

“Real Sociedad have decided to cancel the contract of first-team coach David Moyes. His assistant Billy McKinley was also released from the Txuri Urdin,” the missive explains. 

“The Txuri Urdin entity would like to thank both David Moyes and Billy McKinlay for their contribution, professionalism and dedication they have shown during their time in charge of the first team, and wish them all the best in their professional and personal futures.” 

Real Sociedad currently lie 16th in the Liga standings, having picked up just nine points from 33 during the season’s opening stages.

Man Utd Award Rooney Summer Testimonial

A fixture will take place on August 3 next year to commemorate the England captain’s time with the Red Devils as he closes in on becoming their all-time top goalscorer

Manchester United have awarded club captain Wayne Rooney a testimonial to celebrate his 12 years at Old Trafford.

The England international is closing in on becoming the Red Devils’ all-time top goalscorer despite being criticised for his performances this season, and the club have organised a game to commemorate his time with them on August 3.

Despite no opposition having yet been announced, Rooney revealed his excitement at what he says will be a “special” game.

“I would like to thank everyone involved in making this testimonial become a reality,” he told the club’s website.

“Most of all I want to thank the fans for all their incredible support for me and the team since I joined the club.

“The match night will obviously be special for me and my family but I hope it will be a night of celebration for all involved and that we can also deliver one or two surprises.

“Most of all I hope the fans will come out in force and help raise as much money as possible for these amazing charities, all of which are very close to my heart for different reasons.”

The money raised on the evening will be donated to a number of charities that will benefit from the new Wayne Rooney Foundation.

Van Gaal Blasts Critics: I’m Sick Of Rooney Questions!

The Dutch coach is refusing to entertain any more questions about the Manchester United captain after his side fired blanks once again, this time in the Manchester derby

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal lashed out at critics for constantly discussing Wayne Rooney, saying he would not answer more questions about the striker because he is “sick of it”.

The Old Trafford side missed the opportunity to go top of the Premier League with a dull 0-0 draw against neighbours Manchester City, with an attack led by captain Rooney guilty of firing blanks.

However, his boss Van Gaal has had enough of the scrutiny being placed on the 30-year-old, and struck out at the England forward’s critics following the result.

“I have to talk every week about Rooney, why?” the Dutchman said to reporters.
“Write it down, it’s your opinion. I don’t give any more answers about Rooney because I’m sick of it.”

The striker has endured a underwhelming start to the season in front of goal, netting only twice in nine Premier League outings so far.

Ifreke Inyang: 5 Things To Look Out For As The EPL Returns This Weekend

1. Flying without Ings

What a welcome Jurgen Klopp has received. But that will count for nothing, if he does not get a positive result at Tottenham in the early kick-off on Saturday. Already, the former Dortmund boss has to deal with a double injury blow, as Danny Ings and Joe Gomez are both out for the season. Roberto Firmino, Christian Benteke and Jordan Henderson are all unavailable this weekend. But the media will be unforgiving if it goes wrong. He needs to hit the ground running.

2. Are they Gunner beat Watford?

It is almost a surprise that Arsenal are second in the league, after such an uncertain start to the campaign. But this is the Premier League and anything can happen. Before the international break, the Gunners were at their mesmeric best, tearing Manchester United apart at the Emirates. Up next is a trip to Watford, with an in-form Odion Ighalo. Let’s see how they square up to a different challenge.

3. Martial arts

Anthony Martial has been rewarded for his excellent start to his United career, with the September Player of the Month. The 19-year-old has brought pace and directness to Louis van Gaal’s side, although he could not save his team, as Arsenal ran riot the last time. It is time to fight back though. They are away at Everton. And Roberto Martinez’s men enjoying playing against the big boys.

4. Mou misery for Chelsea?

Jose Mourinho looks like a man possessed these days. The Portuguese is renowned for his caustic soundbites and mind games, but nothing seems to be working. Chelsea has come out to back their manager, but you do feel that anything other than a win against Aston Villa on Saturday might spell the end for the Special One.

5. Salt to injuries?

It has been a bad international break for Manchester City and Manuel Pellegrini. Sergio Aguero – who scored five times against Newcastle – and David Silva will miss the next month through injuries. Vincent Kompany does not appear fully fit either. The table toppers welcome Bournemouth to the Etihad this week and will be eager to put their injury woes behind them.


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Martial Named Premier League Player Of The Month For September

The 19-year-old scored three goals in four league games for Manchester United, while Tottenham boss Pochettino has been named Manager of the Month

Anthony Martial has been rewarded for his sensational start to his Manchester United career by being named the Barclays Player of the Month for September.

The France international’s arrival shortly before deadline day was met with much scepticism, largely due to United’a decision to shell out an initial £36 million on an unproven talent.

But the 19-year-old has responded with three Premier League goals in his opening four games for his new club including one 21 minutes into his debut in the 3-0 win over Liverpool at Old Trafford.

Tottenham boss Pochettino, meanwhile, lands the Manager of the Month award after guiding Spurs to three wins in September, including a 4-1 victory at home to Manchester City.

“It’s a collective honour because we must recognise first our players, all coaching staff and the fans,” said the Tottenham manager.

“It’s good not just for me but for the whole club. It’s very important. Okay it’s ‘manager of the month’ but we need to recognise all people involved in the team. The whole club deserve this award.

“It was a fantastic month for us that started at Sunderland, which was a big win, and afterwards Palace and Manchester City. The Sunderland win very important because, after many draws, the team played well but we needed to win, and it confirmed our way.

“Also, Palace were a team who played very well since the start of the season. It’s true that the headlines will be the win against Manchester City. After you beat them, it was exciting for all, but every victory was very important.”

Sir Alex Ferguson Reveals His Biggest Mistake At Man Utd

The Scot believes his decision to announce his retirement at the start of the 2001-02 season had a major impact on the mentality of his staff and players

Sir Alex Ferguson admits one of his biggest mistakes at Manchester United was revealing that he would retire in 2002 before the season had finished.

The Scot subsequently reversed his decision to call time on his reign at Old Trafford but eventually retired in 2013 having won 38 trophies with the club.

“It’s important to listen to your staff. In 2005, that period we didn’t win anything, just before that I had an attempted retirement, and I think that affected everyone,” Ferguson told ESPN.

“It was a mistake, and my wife and my three sons changed my attitude towards it and I started to think.

“The biggest mistake I made was announcing it at the start of the [2001-02] season, and I think a lot of them had put their tools away; they thought, ‘Oh, the manager’s leaving,’ but when I changed my mind in the January, I started thinking about United again and how we could get back on top.

“After that is when [Wayne] Rooney and [Cristiano] Ronaldo came to the club and we had to regenerate everyone. The youth side of it, the scouts; we’d gone to sleep. Strangely enough, the period from there on has been glorious; it’s been fantastic with the numbers of league titles we won.

“The moments you don’t win anything register very strongly with Manchester United.”

Depay Can Be A Man Utd Great Under Van Gaal, Says De Boer

The Ajax boss does not think the former PSV star will be affected by the pressure of playing at Old Trafford despite an inconsistent start to the season

Frank de Boer has backed Memphis Depay to become a Manchester United great – and believes Louis van Gaal is the right man to get the best out of the summer signing

The Ajax manager was beaten to the title by PSV in 2014-15, with the attacker topping the Eredivisie scoring charts with 22 goals prior to his transfer.

De Boer has seen enough of the 21-year-old to predict he will be a success during his United career and is confident Van Gaal is the ideal man to move his game forward.

“I think Depay needs that kind of coach,” he told Omnisport

“He has a great mentality but still he is very young and has to know what he has to do to stay on that level or even get better – I think Van Gaal is the right person for that. 

“I think he can be a great player for Manchester United because he has everything – he has speed, he has technique, he can score goals and physically he is very strong. 

“He normally never gets injured and for his age he has played a lot of games for PSV.”

De Boer does not think the Netherlands international will be affected by the pressure of playing for one of the world’s biggest clubs.

He continued: “I think he can [handle the pressure]. 

“He showed that also last year for PSV – they had to be champions and he had a fantastic year.”

Depay has played in 13 games for United in all competitions so far this season and scored four goals.

Manchester United Move Appealed To Me – Xavi

The Spanish legend joined Al Sadd from Barcelona in the summer but he has now revealed that he would have been open to a move to Old Trafford or Liverpool earlier in his career

Xavi admits he would have been open to a move to Manchester United or Liverpool during his time atBarcelona.

The veteran midfielder joined Al Sadd in the summer, calling time on a glittering 24-year spell at the club he joined as a child.

However, he has now revealed that he would have liked to have experienced the Premier League, and says a move to United would have had particular appeal.

 “To be honest, the Premier League is a big attraction for any player. It’s brilliant – the stadiums, the pitches, the fans and how they live football over there – it’s all incredible over there”, he told Eurosport.

“There are many great sides like Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool. If I had to select one, it would have to be a club with a great history; maybe Manchester United or Liverpool.

“I know that there are clubs who have emerged quite recently, like Manchester City for example, but United is my favourite historically-speaking.”

Xavi made over 700 appearances for Barca, winning La Liga eight times and the Champions League four times.

Ferguson Reveals His ‘Saddest Case’ At Man Utd

The Scot admits selling Ravel Morrison was “very painful” and believes the midfielder was one of the most naturally talented players he had ever signed

Sir Alex Ferguson admits it was “very painful” to sell Ravel Morrison and admits the midfielder is “the saddest case” he had at Manchester United.

Morrison emerged as one of the brightest stars in United’s youth team but failed to make a Premier League appearance before he joined West Ham in 2012.

Morrison’s problems off the field played a key role in his Old Trafford exit but Ferguson believes the 22-year-old, who now plays for Lazio, was one of the most naturally talented players he had ever signed.

“Sadly, there are examples of players who have similar backgrounds to [Ryan] Giggs or Cristiano Ronaldo, who, despite enormous talent, just aren’t emotionally or mentally strong enough to overcome the hurts of their childhood and their inner demons,” Ferguson wrote in his new book ‘Leading’.

“Ravel Morrison might be the saddest case. He possessed as much natural talent as any youngster we ever signed, but kept getting into trouble.

“It was very painful to sell him to West Ham in 2012 because he could have been a fantastic player. But, over a period of years, the problems off the pitch continued to escalate and we had little option but to cut the cord.”

Cazorla: Arsenal’s Changed Mentality Made The Difference

Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla was delighted with the win over Manchester United and feels their changed mentality made the difference.

Santi Cazorla has voiced his delight with Arsenal‘s 3-0 Premier League win over Manchester United and feels it was crucial they changed their mentality and believed in themselves again after the surprise loss in the Champions League versus Olympiacos last week.

A brace from Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil’s goal saw Arsene Wenger’s men grab a three-goal lead within the opening 20 minutes and they were never really troubled in the remainder of the game.

Sunday’s victory at the Emirates saw Arsenal climb to second spot in the table, leapfrogging United in the process and moving to within two points of leaders Manchester City

“We needed to believe after the loss against Olympiacos. We needed to change the mentality and the team was very compact and focused for the game against a big team,” Cazorla told the official Arsenal website.

“This is the most important thing for the team. It was very important for us. Together we played very well. Three points is very important for us and we need to keep at the same level in the next game.

“We need to play together and in the first half we did very well and this is vital for us. United have very good players with [Michael] Carrick, [Juan] Mata and [Wayne] Rooney.”

After the international break, Arsenal resume their league campaign with an away game against Watford. 

Jamie Carragher: “I Would Love The Manchester United Job”, Find Out His Hilarious Reason Here

The Liverpool legend responded to a picture Sky Sports News wrongly captioned yesterday involving Louis van Gaal in a Manchester United press conference.

Twitter user @chrisharry4 trolled Carragher this morning and Sky pundit Carragher responded perfectly.
Carragher responded in typical fashion:

This incident comes only four days after the 37-year-old put a picture on Instagram of a ‘few scouse friends and a wool’, referring to Cheshire born forward Michael Owen.



Manchester United Announce Record Sponsor Revenues

The Red Devils missed out on broadcast money and matchday income having failed to qualify for the Champions League, but could break records in 2016


Manchester United have announced record income from sponsorship deals but a decrease in matchday and broadcast revenues for the 2015 fiscal year.

United were expected to reveal a sharp decrease in money earned from TV revenue as a result of missing out on Champions League football last season following David Moyes’ disastrous spell in charge of the club.

However, while the club have confirmed a drop of more than 20 per cent in broadcast money to £107.7 million and a 16.2% decrease in matchday income to £90.6m, they remain in a healthy financial position thanks largely to new sponsorship deals.

The club have enjoyed a record £154.9m sponsorship revenue – an increase of 14.1% – due in the main to a total of 11 new lucrative partnerships, while a decrease of 5.5%  in the total wage bill has softened the blow of a lack of European football.

A mammoth 10-year contract with kit sponsor Adidas, worth £75m per year, has also contributed to a commercial revenue of £196.6m – a 4% increase on 2014.

Though United’s total revenue for 2015 has dropped from £432m to £395m, a growth of 10%in the most recent quarter underlines that income is on the up, while net debt has now dropped to £255m despite a 20% rise in gross debt to £411m as a result of the strengthening of the US dollar.

Crucially, the 20-time Premier League champions have also confirmed they expect total revenue of between £500m and £510m for the 2016 fiscal year, which would be a club record.

Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward said: “As we look to the new season, we are enthusiastic about our strong position, both on and off the pitch.

“In recent weeks we have further strengthened our squad with an exciting mix of experience and youth, qualified for the group stage of the Champions League, and seen an impressive launch of our partnership with Adidas.

“Our record revenue and EBITDA guidance for 2016 reflects the underlying strength of our business and our confidence in its continued growth.”

Shaw Remains In Eindhoven Hospital After Surgery

Following his leg break in the defeat to PSV, Manchester United have confirmed that the left back will remain in hospital for observation

Manchester United have confirmed that Luke Shaw will stay in hospital in Eindhoven to begin his recovery after undergoing surgery on a broken leg.

The England full-back was stretchered off in the first half of United’s 2-1 Champions League defeat to PSV on Tuesday following a challenge from Hector Moreno.

It was later confirmed that Shaw had suffered a double leg fracture and the former Southampton man underwent surgery later on after being taken to hospital.

United have since released an update on the 20-year-old’s condition and paid tribute to the care he is receiving in the Netherlands.

“Luke Shaw underwent surgery on his injury on Tuesday night and will remain in hospital in Eindhoven to continue his early recovery,” a statement released by the club on Wednesday said.

“Manchester United are grateful for the excellent care he is receiving and would like to thank everyone who has sent messages of support.”

Moreno apologised for the challenge after the match, insisting the unfortunate contact with Shaw’s leg was entirely accidental.

PSV recovered from Memphis Depay’s goal on his return to Philips Stadion to secure a 2-1 win thanks to headers from Moreno and Luciano Narsingh.

Official: De Gea Signs New Deal With Manchester United

David De Gea has signed a new four-year contract with Manchester United, with the option to extend for a further year.

“I am delighted to be starting this new chapter in my United career,” said De Gea.

“I have always enjoyed playing with these great players in front of our fantastic fans. Manchester United is a special club and Old Trafford is an ideal place for me to continue to develop my career.

“I’m looking forward to putting a difficult summer behind me and concentrating on working hard to improve and help my teammates to be successful.”

More to follow…

De Gea & Van Gaal Set For Crunch Talks

The Manchester United goalkeeper is determined to win his place back from Sergio Romero after his deadline day move to Real Madrid fell through at the last minute.

David de Gea is set for crunch talks with Louis van Gaal on Wednesday with the Spaniard determined to win his place back in the Manchester United starting XI following the dramatic collapse of his move to Real Madrid.

The goalkeeper has yet to play for United this season as Madrid’s continued interest led manager Van Gaal to exclude him from the first team, claiming the club’s Player of the Year was not in the right place, mentally, to play.

“In spite of the fact that David de Gea wants to play, we think that it is better for him [not to],” Van Gaal explained when dropping De Gea.

“For me it’s not normal that [Sergio Romero] is playing but I think in circumstances as this, it is the best decision.”

But after his much anticipated move to Madrid fell through on Spain’s transfer deadline day, De Gea is now back in contention to start against Liverpool at Old Trafford on Saturday evening.

De Gea returns to Manchester on Wednesday after starting his first game of the season in Spain’s 1-0 away win against Macedonia on Tuesday, and the 24-year-old insisted he is ready to play for United once more.

“I felt good. I really liked playing again,” De Gea told reporters after the match in Skopje. “Now I have to keep working, and I hope to be lucky now with my club.

“All of the support I received is very important to me. I have great friends and I’m very grateful to all of them.

“I will do in the future exactly what I do now: to be calm, and to keep working and improving. Definitely, I’m enjoying football. I’m happy.”

Romero has started all six of United’s competitive fixtures this season in De Gea’s absence, but the Argentine came under fire for his part in the loss to Swansea City last time out.

And with De Gea’s future now resolved for the short term at least, Van Gaal could give the former Atletico Madrid man the nod to return to the starting line-up for Saturday’s high-profile fixture against Liverpool. 

Van Gaal’s Time Is Up – Shearer

The former England captain believes the Red Devils head coach has had enough time to build his own team and criticised the Dutchman’s style of football.

Alan Shearer has hit out at Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal over his inability to build a winning team and has accused the Dutchman of letting his team play ‘dull’ football.

United spent over £100m in transfers this summer but currently sit fifth in the Premier League table having taken seven points from four games. 

Former England skipper Shearer has not been impressed with their performances so far this campaign, stressing that Saturday’s match versus Liverpool is a must-win for the Old Trafford side.

“I would argue Louis van Gaal cannot even afford to draw the game against Liverpool,” Shearer writes forThe Sun

“He has been asking for more time for his team to blend, for young players to develop etc. Time is up I’m afraid – the time is now. 

“You cannot oversee the changes he has made, backed by hundreds of millions, and then claim you are a victim because it needs time to blend. It is your job to mould a side and I would suggest a year is plenty for a club of Manchester United’s standing.

“You can get away with the dull, functional football Van Gaal is dishing up if you are getting results. But if you go back to the end of last season, Van Gaal’s league run over the last 10 games now stands at three wins, three draws and four defeats.

“Van Gaal’s CV has afforded him the time that David Moyes was not given. But a poor result on Saturday and questions will start to be asked.”

Manchester United New Boy Martial ‘The Next Henry’ – Saha

The 19-year-old joined the club in a huge £58 million move from Monaco on transfer deadline day and his compatriot has backed him to be a huge hit at Old Trafford.

Louis Saha believes that new Manchester United signing Anthony Martial can emulate Thierry Henry at Old Trafford following his £58 million move to the club.

Martial completed his big-money move to United on transfer deadline day, with a number of pundits raising questions over the transfer fee paid for the 19-year-old.

Saha, though, insists that Martial can make a major impact in the Premier League, and has backed his compatriot to thrive under the management of Louis van Gaal.

“He’s got that speed, that power, he’s got that youth in him so he’ll surprise a lot of defenders because they don’t know him,” said Saha, who spent four years United between 2004 and 2008.

“It’s a great asset for Manchester United and that’s what they needed because up front they lack speed sometimes.

“In France we call him the next Thierry Henry because he can play left or right, he’s got a great ability with the ball, he can take on three, four players with ease, there is no problem. At the same time, the new generation have no fear.

“He’s got such an ability that he can win trophies for Manchester United I believe that, but I don’t want to put too much pressure on him.”

Martial has scored 15 goals in his senior career thus far.

Real Madrid: We Did Everything Necessary In De Gea Transfer From Man Utd

The Spanish outfit has stated that they did as much as they possibly could to sign the goalkeeper before the national deadline closed on Monday.

Real Madrid have claimed they did everything possible to sign goalkeeper David de Gea from Manchester United.

The £29 million deal to sign the Spain international would have seen Keylor Navas go in the opposite direction for around £10m, but the necessary paperwork was not completed before Monday’s midnight CET deadline.

In a written statement on the club’s official website, Madrid have revealed a timeline of events to support their assertion that they could have done nothing more to secure De Gea’s services.

After explaining that United had not agreed to talks relating to a transfer until Monday morning, Madrid say they responded as quickly as possible at every stage of the process.

“Manchester United entered the TMS data from the operation of David de Gea, but not those of Keylor Navas, at 00:00 Spanish time, simultaneously referring to Real Madrid signed transfer contracts,” said the club statement.

“Real Madrid received the full documentation at 00:02 and tried to access the TMS but it was already closed.

“At 00:26 Spanish time the computer system of Fifa TMS made an invitation to Real Madrid to fill in data for the player David de Gea, given that the deadline for registration in England remains open to this day.

“Real Madrid, in the eventuality of a possible contest regarding the transfer of the player, decided to refer the contract to the Professional Football League (LFP), despite knowing that the deadlines had expired.

“In short, the Real Madrid has done everything necessary, and at all times, to implement these two transfers.”

The Madrid statement makes no mention of a potential appeal to the LFP, with the club now believed to have accepted that their quest for De Gea’s signature has come to an end.

Club Captain Wayne Rooney Asked Me Who Martial Was – Schneiderlin

The 19-year-old is set to complete a move to Old Trafford but his countryman has revealed that the Manchester United captain approached him about his club’s latest target

Morgan Schneiderlin has revealed that Wayne Rooney had to ask him who Anthony Martial was when it was confirmed that the 19-year-old was nearing a move to Manchester United.

Martial was granted leave by France national team boss Didier Deschamps on Monday to fly to England and finalise a deal reported to be worth up to €80m with United, and is expected to be confirmed at Old Trafford before the close of the English transfer window on Tuesday.

The deal has surprised many given that Martial has played less than 50 Ligue 1 matches for Monaco and has yet to make a senior appearance for France, and Schneiderlin revealed that United captain Rooney approached him to find out more about his potential new strike partner.

“To be honest, yesterday [Sunday] on the plane, Wayne Rooney came to speak to me and asked me who Martial was, because the English press had started to speak,” Schneiderlin told reporters at France’s training base at Clairefontaine.

“I told him he’s a great player with great potential, who has played some good matches with Monaco last season and the the beginning of this.

“I told him he is technical and powerful. A little like Therry Henry, even if it’s the press who are making that comparison.”

The deal to take Martial to United will make him the most expensive teenager in the history of football, and Schneiderlin is keen to ensure that the 19-year-old does not feel the weight of his price tag when he arrives at Old Trafford.

“The size of the fee? If he wants my advice, it is to ignore it,” the former Southampton man added. “The media will talk a lot and will expect him to score many goals. But he must remember his qualities and play like he knows how. He can’t be paralysed by it. I think everything will go well.”

Rojo: I’ve Had Offers But I’m Staying At Man Utd

The defender is yet to feature this season, with makeshift centre-back Daley Blind preferred alongside the impressive Chris Smalling, but wants to fight for his place

Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo wants to stay and fight for his place at Old Trafford, amid reports off a possible deadline day exit.

Rojo is yet to feature for United this season, after failing to link up with his team-mates during the club’s pre-season tour of the United States in July, while the Argentina international has been linked to Monaco.

Louis van Gaal has preferred makeshift centre-back Daley Blind alongside Chris Smalling since then, but Rojo has no intention of leaving Manchester after just one season, despite offers from elsewhere.

“I have received offers but my idea is to stay here [United] and fight for a position because it is a great club,’ the 25-year-old told ESPN Radio.

“I’ll try to play as much as possible. I talked to Van Gaal when I returned and was upset by everything that had happened but he said he was counting on me.”

Rojo – a £16 million signing from Sporting Lisbon following the 2014 World Cup – made 22 Premier League appearances last term.

Van Gaal Targets Revenge Against Swansea

The Swans recorded a historic double over Manchester United last season, including victory in the manager’s opening game, but the Dutchman says his squad is now more prepared

Louis van Gaal is targeting revenge as he prepares his Manchester United squad to face Swansea City.

Goals from Ki Sung-yueng and Gylfi Sigurdsson saw Van Gaal lose his first game in charge of United 12 months ago, before Garry Monk masterminded a second victory at the Liberty Stadium in March.

Van Gaal, who is now approaching his 50th game in charge, insists his squad are in better shape ahead of Sunday’s clash but feels a victory is still a tall order.

“I don’t want to lose again,” he told reporters. “It’s the only club we could not beat or gain one point against [last season]. I hope we can improve and that we can show that we are better than last year.

“My first match was against Swansea and we lost – now I have my 50th and I hope we can show we have improved. It will be difficult to beat them but we are better prepared than this time last year.

“Adnan Januzaj was injured and because of that he was out of the team. He shall not play against Swansea.”

United were placed against PSV, CSKA Moscow and Wolfsburg on Thursday’s Champions League group stage draw and Van Gaal says preparation is already underway ahead of the September 15 kick-off

“It could be worse but it could be better also,” he said. “I am not so interested, we have to look now to the clubs because these days shape is more important than it was in the past.

“Marcel [Bout, United’s chief scout] is already going to the matches of Wolfsburg and also PSV. PSV have to play Feyenoord so that’s a big match in Holland – we have to analyse now.”

David De Gea Called Up To Spain Squad

The goalkeeper has earned a spot, despite not playing for Manchester United this season, while Juan Mata and Diego Costa return.

David de Gea has been called up to the Spain squad for the Euro 2016 qualifiers next month, despite being frozen out of the Manchester United side.

De Gea has not featured for the Red Devils since midway through their pre-season preparations, with manager Louis van Gaal refusing to field the goalkeeper while speculation persists over a transfer to Real Madrid.

However, the 24-year-old has been handed a spot in Vicente del Bosque’s squad to face Macedonia and Slovakia, along with United team-mate Juan Mata.

Chelsea striker Diego Costa also earns a place after regaining full fitness, but Juventus forward Alvaro Morata has been overlooked.

“We are very confident in Diego Costa, that’s why he is here,” Del Bosque said to reporters.

“Thiago excites us, we think he’ll be our future.

“[Cesar] Azpilicueta is getting continuity in the starting XI, we trust him. We can use him as central or wide player.

“Mata has been with us for almost forever. He’s here for the competition in the team.”

Spain host Slovakia on September 5 before facing Macedonia away three days later.

Spain squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Porto), David de Gea (Manchester United), Sergio Rico (Sevilla)

Defenders: Juanfran (Atletico Madrid), Dani Carvajal, Sergio Ramos (both Real Madrid), Gerard Pique, Marc Bartra (both Barcelona), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Jordi Alba (Barcelon), Bernat (Bayern Munich)

Midfielders: Koke (Atletico Madrid), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Juan Mata (Manchester United), David Silva (Manchester City), Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea), Santi Cazorla (Arsenal), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Isco (Real Madrid)

Forwards: Vitolo (Sevilla), Pedro (Chelsea), Paco Alcacer (Valencia), Diego Costa (Chelsea)

Ozil Defends United Recruit Schweinsteiger

The Arsenal midfielder insists the Germany captain will be a success after joining Manchester United this summer from Bayern Munich, and needs time to adapt to the Premier League.

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil believes Germany team-mate Bastian Schweinsteiger is being unfairly judged following his move to Manchester United.

Debate has raged as to whether Schweinsteiger’s 31-year-old body can cope with the demands of the Premier League after leaving boyhood club Bayern Munich for United in July, with the midfielder yet to complete a full match as an Old Trafford player.

Schweinsteiger produced a classy second-half cameo as Louis van Gaal’s men beat Club Brugge 4-0 on Wednesday to qualify for the Champions League group stages, and Ozil is in no doubt that the Germany captain will silence his critics over the course of the season.

“The drastic interim judgment in [the] English press is not fair towards him,” Ozil told Germany’s Sport 1.

“He certainly needs some time to adjust to Premier League. Just allow him a bit of time.

“Basti has shown the whole world at the World Cup what a leader he is, most of all in the final.

“Whenever the English media writes about Bastian, they put a World Cup winner before his name.

“He’s now the German world champion, who should make the difference for United.”

Van Gaal: ‘Very Bad Rooney Will Get Back On Track’

The Manchester United boss has praised his captain for admitting to a poor showing against Aston Villa and is confident he will score goals soon. 

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has commended under-fire captain Wayne Rooney for publicly admitting his performances have been below par in 2015-16.

Rooney acknowledged his growing critics following United’s 3-1 Champions League play-off win over Club Brugge, conceding he has made an underwhelming start to the season.

The 29-year-old, who is yet to score a goal in the opening three matches of the campaign, singled out his below-par display at Aston Villa last week, and Van Gaal lauded the United skipper for his honesty.

“It always starts with the player himself, when you are saying publicly that you are so bad, you know that you are very bad at that time, but I think that’s fantastic that a player admits that,” Van Gaal told reporters ahead of Saturday’s Premier League match against Newcastle United.

“But also for me, it’s unbelievable because he’s one of few players who are saying such things.

“After a few weeks it can bring pressure from the media, he took a risk, but he is very confident that he shall make the goals that we expect from him, and I have that confidence also.

“My standards he knows already, he knows what I want from a striker, how he has to perform, he thinks he can do it and I do also, otherwise I wouldn’t put him in that position. Last season he played in all the positions, but I think his best position now is the striker position, and the second position is the number 10.

“He has to admit he was bad so he can improve, if you do not admit you cannot improve.”

Van Gaal Defends Woodward After Pedro U-Turn

Louis van Gaal says he still has complete faith in executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, despite Manchester United having missed out on another key target after Pedro joined Chelsea.

The Old Trafford chief had flown to Barcelona to seal a deal earlier this week but was beaten to the winger’s signature by the Premier League champions, while they also missed out on Manchester City new-boy Nicolas Otamendi and Sergio Ramos, who signed a new contract with Real Madrid.

“No-one should doubt Ed Woodward,” the Dutch coach told reporters, though he refused to go into details of why and how United missed out on Pedro despite a deal seemingly being in place.

“I have the idea you want to separate Ed Woodward with me. Never. Never, because every day I am updated by him and I trust him.”

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Official: Manchester City Sign Otamendi

Manchester City have confirmed the signing of centre-back Nicolas Otamendi from Valencia on a five-year deal.

The Argentina international, previously targeted by Manchester United, moves to the Etihad Stadium for a fee in the region of €45 million (£31.7m).

“I am here to give my best, to fight game by game and push City to the highest peaks for as long as possible, and I wish we will be able to win several cups and titles,” Otamendi told the club’s official website.

“That’s the most important. To be here inside a club that looks so wonderful from the outside is a dream.”

Manuel Pellegrini added: “Nicolas Otamendi was arguably the best defender in La Liga last season and so naturally I’m delighted to have added a player of his quality.

“He is an established international for one of the best nations in world football and I have no doubt that he has the right mentality to fit into a squad where he will find many familiar faces, including Eliaquim and Fernando who he played alongside in Portugal.

“As a footballer, Nicolas has all of the qualities to be a success in the Premier League – he’s strong, he’s excellent in the tackle and he’s very good technically.

“I am sure he will become another Argentine player our fans will enjoy watching.”

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Memphis Can Take Manchester United To The Title – Robben

The forward’s Netherlands international team-mate believes that he could “become one of the top players in the world” under the guidance of Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford


New Manchester United star Memphis Depay can become one of the world’s best players and propel the club to trophy glory, according to Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben.

Memphis dazzled Red Devils fans with two goals against Club Brugge in the Champions League qualifier on Tuesday in only his third competitive game since joining the English giants from PSV.

His Netherlands international team-mate feels that working regularly with former Oranje coach Louis van Gaal can only be a good thing for the young forward and says that the Premier League title could be within reach this season.

“He can become one of the top players in the world at Manchester United,” Robben told the Daily Mirror of Memphis.

“He is already at such a high level but, playing at one of the biggest clubs in the world, he will get even better. Manchester United will want to get back to winning trophies and he will be a big part of that.

“I know that there was ­Liverpool and Manchester United ­interested in him but it was an easy decision for him. There would have been no reason for him to join a club not playing in the Champions League and Louis van Gaal is one of the best coaches in the world – Memphis can become the complete player under his guidance.

“It will not be easy – it never is when there are so many new players to settle in – but I think Louis could win the league with Manchester United this year.

“It’s his team now, his players, and, if the new signings settle quickly, I think it’s possible.”

Romero Hopes De Gea Snubs Real Madrid & Stays At Manchester United

The Spain international has been omitted from Louis van Gaal’s first three matchday squads as speculation continues to link him with a move to the La Liga giants.

Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero hopes David de Gea remains at Old Trafford amid speculation linking him with an imminent move to Real Madrid.

Spain international De Gea has long been on the Liga club’s radar, with Louis van Gaal taking the decision to not pick the 24-year-old in any of his matchday squads for the opening three fixtures of the season.

That has opened the door to Romero, who only joined United on a free transfer in the summer, but the former Sampdoria goalkeeper, who has conceded one goal in his three starts thus far this season, wants De Gea to stay.

He told reporters: “The truth is that I have no idea [if De Gea will join Real Madrid]. But for me I hope that De Gea stays here because he’s a good team-mate who always works hard and that is best for the group.


“He works hard every day [in training]. The truth is he is a great team-mate, a great professional, a great person. It happened to me last year in Sampdoria. I was not playing but I was working as if I was going to play.

“It surely is a difficult situation for him but when one is a great professional like he is and one has a good head like his you keep training to get better day by day because, you never know, he could play on a Sunday.”

Romero also discussed Memphis Depay’s impact in the 3-1 win over Club Brugge on Tuesday and has urged caution as United head into the second leg of their Champions League play-off tie with a two-goal cushion.

He added: “We are not through yet. We have to work hard. We are a team that is in progress, that day by day is trying to improve. Next we hope to have a good match at home to Newcastle and another great match against Brugge.

“He [Depay] is a very important player for us. Even though he is young, he has a lot of experience in big clubs because he has played for PSV, an important club in Holland and today he has shown why he was signed here. He scored a beautiful goal and he was always dangerous.”

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Van Gaal Hits Out At Rooney Critics Over Striker Role At Manchester United

The 29-year-old has failed to score in his opening two games but the Dutchman is adamant that the England captain will begin to flourish as his lead centre-forward


Louis van Gaal has hit back at criticism of Wayne Rooney‘s performances as a central striker for Manchester United.

The 29-year-old has failed to score in United’s first two Premier League fixtures of the season and looked off the pace in Friday’s 1-0 victory against Aston Villa.

Following the departure of Robin van Persie earlier this summer, Rooney looks set to remain the focal point of United’s attack and Van Gaal is adamant that the England captain will flourish.

“All the media has written for one year that I have to put him in the striker’s position so it’s amazing that, after two games, you’re doubting your own opinions. I cannot understand that,” Van Gaal told reporters.

“I have always confidence in my players.”

Adnan Januzaj scored the winner at Villa Park in his first appearance of the new campaign and Van Gaal has urged the 20-year-old, who started only seven Premier League games last season, to show consistency this term.

“He [had] to compete with 24 players last year and he is 20 years old,” said the United boss.

“The characteristics of a young player is that he’s not consistent and he has to show that this season.

“It’s possible but, at a club like United, you never have a guarantee of a position in the top XI. Every player here knows that, and because of that we have a very good team spirit.”

Luis Enrique: Pedro’s Future In His Own Hands

The attacker seems destined to continue his career at Manchester United, but the Barcelona coach has insisted the final decision is all his


Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has stressed Pedro‘s future is in his own hands as Manchester United remain keen to sign the forward.

Pedro, 28, handed in a transfer request on Tuesday, mere hours before scoring the extra-time winner in Barca’s thrilling 5-4 European Supercup success over Sevilla.

United have already reached an agreement with Barcelona over a transfer fee and now it’s up to the Spain international whether he indeed wants to move to Old Trafford.

“We’ve heard his opinions, it’s a difficult decision that he has to make but we’ll wait and see what he decides,” Luis Enrique said at a press conference.

“He wants to leave because he’s not getting minutes but we want to give him minutes so it’s a difficult situation. I certainly want him to stay.

“I’m looking forward to the end of the transfer market so I’ll know exactly what I do have.

“I don’t want to get drawn into controversies, we all understand Pedro’s situation, he’s always someone the Barca fans will love because of his personality and his performances on the pitch.”

Pedro started Tuesday’s win over Sevilla on the bench, but Luis Enrique has suggested he could return to the starting XI for the Supercopa de Espana game against Athletic Bilbao.

“I haven’t announced my squad and I don’t base my squad around what’s happening in the transfer market. He’s available so he can play.

“He didn’t train for a couple of days because of thigh trouble but I know he’s in a difficult situation.

“He seems the same as ever. He’s always a very hard worker and we know he’s in a particular situation but there’s no change since the start of pre-season.”

Rafael Explains Manchester United Exit: Van Gaal Didn’t Like Me

The Brazilian full-back lost his place in the Red Devils’ starting XI to Antonio Valencia and made the move to Lyon this summer after seven years at Old Trafford

Rafael claims that he was disliked by Louis van Gaal at Manchester United but is unaware if the Dutchman’s reported aversion to Brazilian players led to his departure from the club.

The 25-year-old emerged as a mainstay in the United starting line-up under Sir Alex Ferguson but, after a season with David Moyes in charge at Old Trafford, started just six league games following the appointment of the former Netherlands boss.

Van Gaal has clashed with the likes of Rivaldo while at Barcelona in the past and Rafael, who left United for Lyon this summer, acknowledged the Dutchman’s track record with Brazilian players.

“I don’t know, sincerely,” he told Globo Esporte when asked about Van Gaal’s dislike of Brazilian players. “I don’t know what to say about that because I was the only one [at United], since Anderson left before.

“I know this history that he doesn’t like Brazilians but I can’t say: ‘Oh, he doesn’t like Brazilians’. I know that he didn’t like me but, if that’s because I’m Brazilian, I don’t know.”

Rafael described Ferguson’s departure from Old Trafford in 2013 as “fatal” to his United career.

He remarked: “I did the complete season, when [Ferguson] left. In 2012-13 I played almost every game, it was my best season at United – we were even champions – and that’s when they changed the manager. That change was fatal for me. I was going well, then Ferguson left.

“That’s what changed, so [Antonio] Valencia started playing as a right-back for Van Gaal. He’s also a great player but I was doing well in that position.

“Ferguson even called to wish me good luck. I had a very good relationship with him, he helped me a lot in Manchester, and always did everything to help me. He signed me when I was 16; I don’t even know what to say.”

Rafael also indicated that he holds no grudges over his exit from United, having lost his place in the side.

“[Van Gaal] had his opinions, his thoughts,” the defender said. “Everyone has their opinion. A manager is a manager. I always respected it and I will always respect it.”

Pedro Is A Magician – Mascherano

The Argentina international hopes that the winger may yet turn his back on a move to Manchester United after making the difference in the Super Cup


Javier Mascherano said that Pedro is “a magician” after the attacker’s extra-time goal gave Barcelona a 5-4 win over Sevilla in the Uefa Super Cup on Tuesday.

The Spain attacker is poised to make a £22.3 million move away from Camp Nou to Manchester United in the days ahead but struck a winner in the 115th minute to end a pulsating game in which the Andalucians had fought back from 4-1 down to force an additional period.

Mascherano hopes that Pedro, 28, might yet remain with the Catalans as he is capable of such decisive contributions. 

“Hopefully he can stay here,” the Argentine said after the fixture. “He’s one of those players who’s great on big occasions. He’s been a magician since he joined us. He plays for special moments like this.”

Speaking of the game, Mascherano was not pleased it became as entertaining as it did.

“Neutral fans won’t have seen such a spectacle before,” he stated. “But from our side, we feel some frustration. We had things in our hands but let go of it. We must improve things because we made mistakes that complicated life.

“We fell away and let them into the game. We didn’t control the game when we had to, but we had individual talent that let us win another title.”

‘Van Gaal is DESTROYING Manchester United’ – Hristo Stoichkov

Hristo Stoichkov has urged Barcelona winger Pedro against linking up with the “bad person” he says nearly ruined the Catalan club.

Hristo Stoichkov has blasted Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal in an attempt to convince Pedro to remain at Barcelona, claiming that the “mediocre” Dutch coach is now “destroying” the Premier League club in the same way he “destroyed” the Catalan outfit.

The Spain international is poised to move to Old Trafford in search of more regular game time, with his first-team opportunities at Camp Nou having been restricted last season by the sensational form of the Blaugrana’s front three of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.

Pedro is expected to link up with Van Gaal in Manchester after the Supercopa de Espana, with Neymar’s contraction of the mumps leading to Barcelona asking the 28-year-old to delay his £22.3 million transfer in order to provide cover the double header with Athletic Bilbao.

However, Bulgarian icon Stoichkov, a five-time La Liga winner and European Cup champion with Barca who fell out out with Van Gaal in 1998, says that Pedro need only look at the way in which former Blaugrana goalkeeper Victor Valdes has been ostracised at Old Trafford to understand how perilous playing under the Dutchman can be.

“I would never be under the orders of Van Gaal,” the 49-year-old told Spanish radio Onda Cero. “He’s mediocre.

“He destroyed Barca and is destroying Manchester United.

“With what he has done to [Victor] Valdes he has shown he is a bad person. Hopefully Pedro listens to me and doesn’t leave.”

This is not the first time Stoichkov has taken aim at Van Gaal as he blames the ex-Barca boss for his Camp Nou exit 17 years ago, branding his former boss as “scum” in an interview with French newspaper L’Equipein March.

“I have no respect for him,” Stoichkov added.

“One day, when I was injured, I was with my wife at Camp Nou and Van Gaal went up to her.

“He asked her how it was possible that she married someone like me. She responded that I was a Ballon d’Or winner.

“My departure in 1998 was the fault of Van Gaal, for sure.”

Depay Handed Manchester United No.7 Shirt

The summer signing from PSV Eindhoven will don the jersey previously worn by the likes of Robson, Cantona, Beckham and Ronaldo at Old Trafford

Memphis Depay has been handed Manchester United‘s iconic No. 7 shirt following the departure of Angel Di Maria to Paris Saint-Germain, the club confirmed on Friday.

The Dutchman, who arrived from PSV in a deal worth around £22.3 million this summer, takes on the number previously worn by club legends including Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Bastian Schweinsteiger will wear the same number 31 he used at Bayern Munich, with Marouane Fellaini taking on the No.27 shirt to allow the Germany captain his favoured shirt.

Meanwhile, fellow summer additions Morgan Schneiderlin and Matteo Darmian will wear No.28 and No.36 respectively, the same shirts they were handed during United’s pre-season tour of the USA.

There are notable changes elsewhere, with Luke Shaw taking up his preferred number 23 shirt, which he wore both as a Southampton player and at the 2014 World Cup with England. Meanwhile, striker James Wilson has swapped number 49 for 19.

David De Gea retains the No.1 shirt, despite his manager revealing on Friday that he will not start Saturday’s clash with Tottenham at Old Trafford, with Sergio Romero – his possible replacement – being handed the No.20 shirt.

Wenger : Chelsea Are Favourites For The Title

The Gunners boss believes that Jose Mourinho’s side are the team to beat this season but insists that the Gunners are ready to push them all the way.

Arsene Wenger has vowed that Arsenal are ready to fight for the Premier League title but concedes that Chelsea remain the favourites to retain their crown.

He told reporters: “Chelsea won it by a margin last year so they must be favourites.

“We are ready to fight for the championship. We missed our start to the season last year, let’s try to start strong. But we have a difficult start with two derbies and Liverpool in our first three games.”

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Official: Paris Saint-Germain Sign Di Maria From Manchester United

Paris Saint-Germain have confirmed the signing of Angel Di Maria from Manchester United.

The Argentina international has penned a four-year contract with the Ligue 1 champions, just 12 months after arriving at Old Trafford from Real Madrid.

United paid Los Blancos a British-record £59.7 million for Di Maria but, despite making a flying start to his Old Trafford career, the winger fell out of favour with manager Louis van Gaal over the course of the 2014-15 campaign.

After being given an extended summer break following his exertions at this summer’s Copa America in Chile, Di Maria ultimately failed to join up with United on their pre-season tour of the United States. 

The 27-year-old subsequently travelled to Qatar to undergo a medical with PSG on Tuesday and has now sealed his €60 million switch to the Parc des Princes. 

“I am very proud, and can’t wait to wear the colours of Paris Saint-Germain,” Di Maria told his new club’s official website on Thursday.

“I want to win every competition we enter, both in France and Europe. I want to win the Champions League, which is a dream for all footballers, for a second time. 

“We will do everything we can to bring Europe’s biggest trophy to France and the fans of Paris Saint-Germain.”

Meanwhile, PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi was understandably delighted at having finally acquired a player that the capital club courted last summer.

“We are very proud that Angel Di Maria has chosen Paris Saint-Germain,” he added. “He is an incredibly talented player, with frightening speed and ability to beat opposition players. 

“He adds his name to the club’s strong South American community and, above all, the big Paris Saint-Germain family.

“By signing Angel Di Maria, Paris Saint-Germain is once again showing the club’s constant ambition to reach the summits of the European game.”

Angel Di Maria Will Always Regret Failing At Man United, Says Rio Ferdinand

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand believes Paris Saint-Germain-bound winger Angel Di Maria will regret his failure at Old Trafford.

Di Maria, 27, is on the brink of joining PSG after he was pictured in Doha for a reported medical in the Qatari capital on Monday ahead of a £44.5 million move.

The Argentina international’s imminent switch to the French champions comes just 12 months on from his record £59.7 million move to Manchester, where he failed to settle in Louis van Gaal’s side despite enjoying a bright start to life at Old Trafford.

And Ferdinand, who won six Premier League titles with United, said Di Maria’s reputation has been tarnished forever.

“He will now always have on his CV that he was a failure at Man United,” Ferdinand told ESPN FC at a BT Sport media event.

“As a professional, I wouldn’t want something like that on my record. If I could rectify it by staying and trying to prove myself, I would have done that.

“As a fan, I would have liked for him to stay there and prove he can perform for Man United. That is what we all wanted to see when the club paid so much for him last summer, but that isn’t happening, it seems.

“I can understand why some fans are disappointed that he is leaving so soon, but this is a business.

“United may have looked at it this summer and Van Gaal has probably come to the conclusion that he doesn’t fit into his system for whatever reason. At that point, you have to cash in.”

Di Maria made just 32 appearances in all competitions for United last season, scoring four goals and providing 12 assists.

Guardiola Warns Manchester United: Schweinsteiger Has Not Been Fit For Two Years

New Manchester United signing Bastian Schweinsteiger has not been fit for two years, according to Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola.

Schweinsteiger, 31, completed a summer move to Old Trafford for around £12 million having spent his whole career with Bayern, but has struggled with injury problems in recent seasons.

The Germany captain made just 15 Bundesliga starts for Bayern last term as Guardiola’s side collected their third consecutive league title, and the Spaniard says his fitness issues are a concern.

“When he does not have injury problems, I am completely convinced he will do very well at Manchester United,” Guardiola told reporters. “He is a top, top player.

“Unfortunately, he has had some problems with injuries in the past two years and he was not always 100 per cent fit. He is going to play really good [at United]. I really hope that is going to happen.”

Schweinsteiger’s move to the Premier League sees him reunite with Louis van Gaal, who coached him at Bayern between 2009 and 2011.

The 31-year-old midfielder led Germany to success in the 2014 World Cup, but struggled for fitness before and after the tournament.

Upon returning from Brazil, Schweinsteiger managed just 20 league appearances in Bayern’s title-winning campaign and missed six of 12 Champions League ties.

Manchester United Target Pedro Can Play For Any Team In The World – Pep Guardiola

The 28-year-old Spain international is a target for Louis van Gaal, and the Bayern boss believes the forward would be a success at Old Trafford

Manchester United target Pedro has the ability to play for “any team in the world,” according to Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola.

Pedro, 28, is reportedly being lined up by the Red Devils who have agreed to sell Angel Di Maria to Paris Saint-Germain for £44.5 million

Spain international Pedro has been frustrated by a lack of opportunities at Camp Nou and Guardiola – who promoted Pedro from Barcelona’s B side to the first-team squad – is confident the forward will succeed if he moves to Old Trafford.

“Pedro has played millions of games for Barcelona … so that shows the quality he has,” he told reporters.

“He is a world champion; he is a European champion; he has won the Champions League and many league titles.

“There is no doubt about his quality and he has the ability to play in any team in the world.”

Official: Manchester United Make 5th Signing Of The Transfer Window

Manchester United have completed the signing of Argentine goalkeeper Sergio Romero.

The Argentina international goalkeeper has signed a three-year contract, with the option of a fourth season, after leaving Sampdoria earlier this summer

The 28-year-old joins United on a free transfer after leaving Sampdoria earlier this summer and has signed a three-year contract with the option of a fourth season.

“I am absolutely delighted to join Manchester United,” Romero told the club’s official website.

“To play for the biggest club in the world is a dream come true for me. Louis van Gaal is a fantastic manager and I cannot wait to get started on this new and exciting challenge in my career.”

Romero has previously played under Van Gaal at AZ Alkmaar between 2007 and 2009, and is United’s fifth signing of the summer following the acquisitions of Memphis Depay, Morgan Schneiderlin, Matteo Darmian and Bastian Schweinsteiger.

“Sergio is a very talented goalkeeper,” said Van Gaal. “He was a young keeper during my time at AZ Alkmaar and I am delighted he is joining Manchester United.

“He had a fantastic World Cup last summer in Brazil, although that is something I have put to the back of my mind! He will be a great addition to the team and I am looking forward to working with him once again.”

Romero’s arrival is set to be followed by the departure of Victor Valdes. The Spaniard’s attitude has been labelled a “big disappointment” by Van Gaal after he allegedly refused to play for United’s reserves, and Valencia are in talks over a season-long loan deal.

Meanwhile, Van Gaal is hoping to keep David De Gea at United but has refused to rule out the possibility of the 24-year-old joining Real Madrid before the end of the transfer window.

‘Man Utd Need A Superstar… But It Won’t Be Ronaldo’ – Van Gaal

The Real Madrid superstar has been heavily linked with a return to Old Trafford in recent weeks but the Dutchman says such a swoop is unlikely, while seeking a ‘creative’ player


Louis van Gaal says Manchester United need to sign a world-class “creative” player, but insists that Cristiano Ronaldo will not join the club this summer.

United have been heavily linked with a move for the Real Madrid superstar in recent weeks, with Van Gaal hinting at a “surprise signing” in attack.

United have embarked on a major summer recruitment drive, acquiring Morgan Schneiderlin, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Matteo Darmian and Memphis Depay, but Van Gaal is keen to add creativity to his squad.

Having spent in excess of £70 million already thus far, however, Van Gaal concedes that former club hero Ronaldo is out of his reach.

“We can use much more creativity,” he told reporters in the United States. “We have Wayne [Rooney], [Juan] Mata, [Memphis] Depay, [Ashley] Young, [Adnan] Januzaj, [James] Wilson, [Ander] Herrera. Young has had a fantastic season, but he is not a Neymar and we have to compete with that kind of class.

“When it is possible to buy, for a reasonable price, players from that level, we shall do that because they can contribute as they are better.

“Ronaldo? He may come, but it is not possible. Why not? Because you have the club [Real], Ronaldo and then you have Manchester United and how much Manchester United want to spend.”

The transfer window is set to shut in six weeks and Van Gaal maintains that the club must flex their considerable financial muscle if they are to mount a serious assault on the Premier League title in 2015-16.

Indeed, the Dutchman says that the club’s 1-0 defeat to Chelsea in April is serving as a motivation to recruit a player in the mould of Eden Hazard, who scored the winner at Stamford Bridge.

“Chelsea have Hazard,” Van Gaal added. “He can always make goals, he can always make an action and decide a goal. Chelsea also have Willian and Oscar. Manchester City have [Sergio] Aguero, it’s the same type. Barcelona has [Lionel] Messi, Neymar and [Luis] Suarez. We as Manchester United have to compete with these clubs, so we have to look also for that kind of players.

“You need creative players. You need that because you have to disorganise [teams that park] the bus and, next year, there might be more teams who are parking the bus, so we must look for more creativity.”

Van Gaal, though, is satisfied with his business thus far, and believes United are a better team now than they were when he took the reins at the club last season.

“With Morgan Schneiderlin, with Bastian Schweinsteiger, with Memphis Depay, with Matteo Darmian, we are better than last year. But we have to be much better and I say to you that means the creativity of my players in the front,” he said.

“At Chelsea, we didn’t score and they scored and that is the difference in the game. If we had won that game, the gap would have been five points and the pressure was high [on Chelsea].”

Manchester United Agree Schneiderlin Deal

Manchester United have agreed a fee with Southampton for midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, Reports confirm.

The Frenchman underwent a medical at Carrington on Sunday and the deal should be official announced imminently, when he will become the latest big-money arrival in Louis van Gaal’s summer overhaul.

Goal revealed that the Red Devils were pushing for a deal in June and have now met Saints’ asking price, with the club hopeful he will be included in their squad for the upcoming tour of the United States.

Arsenal and Tottenham have both shown an interest in the 25-year-old in the past 12 months, but it is United who have won the race for his signature.

Schneiderlin will become the Red Devils’ fourth summer signing after they completed deals to bring in Memphis Depay and Matteo Darmian as well as agreeing a fee with Bayern Munich to add Bastian Schweinsteiger to their squad.

Schweinsteiger and Schneiderlin will battle with the likes of Michael Carrick, Ander Herrera and Juan Mata as United look to improve on their fourth-place finish in the Premier League last season.

Schneiderlin played a key role in the Saints qualifying for the Europa League last term as he scored four goals from midfield in his 26 league appearances.

Southampton are reportedly keen to replace the outgoing midfielder with Jordy Clasie after Feyenoord revealed he would not be playing any pre-season matches due to “concrete interest” from another club.

Petr Cech Joins Arsenal: Key Dates For The Goalkeeper After Chelsea Move – Including Stamford Bridge Return On 19 September

Petr Cech has confirmed his move to Arsenal, moving for a reported £11m.

The 33-year-old leaves the Blues after 11 trophy-laden years at the club. As a goodwill gesture, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich allowed Cech to decide his own destination when he left, with PSG also interested.

Cech’s preference was to stay in London – PSG were also interested in the Czech international.

So, what are the first batch of key dates for Arsenal’s new signing next season?

Sat 25 July – Lyons

A potential debut against the Ligue 1 side in front of the home support as part of the Emirates Cup friendly competiton. If he does not feature against Lyons, there is always

Sunday 2 August – Chelsea (Community Shield)

The Community Shield at Wembley Stadium. Time for Cech’scompetitive debut, straight in against his former side.


Saturday 22 August – Liverpool (h)

In the Gunners third Premier League game of the season, Cech will come up against Liverpool at the Emirates. Will there be a certain strikeforce of Christian Benteke and Daniel Sturridge to keep out?

Saturday 19 September – Chelsea (a)

In the Gunners sixth Premier League game of the season, they travel to Chelsea for Cech’s return to Stamford Bridge. A warm applause from the home support is to be expected.

Saturday 3 October – Manchester United (h)

The Gunners will be looking to lay down a marker in their quest for the Premier League title against rivals United.

Van Gaal Told His Manchester United Transfer Targets … By A Fan

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal can have no excuse for not having a productive close-season this summer after he was handed a list of juicy transfer targets by a fan.

The Dutchman was in attendance on Monday as the club’s Manchester United Foundation Dream Day brought supporters with life-limiting illnesses to meet the manager and players at their training ground.

One such fan had printed out a dossier on high-quality players to improve the team with a view to reclaiming the Premier League title next season, and told Van Gaal “I did some homework for you” as he handed it over.

The United boss read out the names – including the likes of Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale, former Red Devils youngster Paul Pogba and PSV up-and-comer Memphis Depay – before telling the fan: “I take it in mind … you are smart and a very cheap manager.”

The list included prices to prise away the targets from their current clubs. “[Mats] Hummels, £36 million,” Van Gaal noted, “[Nathaniel] Clyne of Southampton, £15m … Pogba, £75m … Bale, £12m … and Jackson Martinez of Porto, £25m. He didn’t tell me who I have to sell but, after a little bit of pushing, I know so it’s easy for me. Next year, we are champions!”

“It was really nice of him to do that,” the aspiring scout enthused, having also been given a signed shirt and taken a photo with goalkeeper David de Gea. “It was like a dream come true.”

Arsenal’s Gabriel Out for Three Weeks With Injury

Arsenal defender Gabriel Paulista if set for two to three weeks spell on the sidelines with a hamstring injury, manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed.

The Brazilian centre-back picked up the injury during the first half of his side’s 2-1 win at Queens Park Rangers (QPR) on Wednesday night.

Gabriel will therefore miss Monday night’s FA Cup sixth round game at Manchester United.

“Gabriel has a little hamstring injury and will be out for two to three weeks. He will not be available for the weekend or West Ham or Monaco,” Wenger said in a news conference at the club’s Conley facility on Friday.

Gabriel Paulista Out for Three Weeks With Hamstring Injury. Image: Getty.

Wenger added that “everybody else will be available” except Nacho Monreal who will have a late fitness test.

The better news for Arsenal fans on the goalkeeping front pertains to the return of Wojciech Szczesny, who is in contention for the game at Old Trafford.

“He (Szczesny) has a test today, Wenger said. “If he gets through that test he will play on Monday night.

“Wojciech is used to playing in big games and he’ll take that as a big challenge to show his quality. He works very hard in training.”

The last (Premier League) meeting between both sides in November ended 2-1 in favour of the Red Devils thanks to Kieran Gibbs’ own-goal and Wayne Rooney’s second-half strike.

Di Maria was Sold By Real Madrid For Being ‘Too Ugly’, Claims Barcelona Chief

Di Maria was sold by Real Madrid for being ‘too ugly’, claims Barcelona chief –

Angel Di Maria was sold by Real Madrid because he was “too ugly” for the club, claims Barcelona‘s assistant director of football, Carles Rexach.

After helping Madrid win the Champions League last year, the Argentina international joined Manchester United for a British-record fee of £59.7 million but has struggled to find form under Louis van Gaal this season.

And Rexach believes that Madrid’s concerns over their brand and image was the main reason behind Di Maria’s departure.

“Florentino Perez [Madrid’s president] looks at the world market and wants a team of Galacticos for everyone to admire. Do you understand what I mean?” Rexach told Regio7.

“[Cristiano] Ronaldo is the flagship of the club. Perez is selling an international brand.

“Vicente del Bosque and Di Maria are too ugly for Real Madrid. They are different from Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez.”

Victor Valdes Set For Man United Debut As Chris Smalling Reveals Goalkeeper Is Answering Questions On His Barca Days

Former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes, is set to make his Manchester United bow this Friday, in the FA Cup fourth round tie against Cambridge.

The 33-year-old signed an 18-month deal to become David De Gea’s understudy this month, after training with the Old Trafford outfit for a while.

It will mark a return to action for the Spanish stopper, who ruptured his knee ligaments 10 months ago, while he was still at the Camp Nou.

Defender Chris Smalling says he has been impressed by what he has seen in training.

“He is someone who we all look up to through what he’s achieved already in his career, but you can see that he’s nowhere near done yet,” Smalling said.

“On the training field he’s so sharp and you can see that he’s very agile. He’s such a great addition and is a name that really belongs here at Manchester United.”

“He is someone who we all look up to through what he’s achieved already in his career, but you can see that he’s nowhere near done yet,” said the centre-half.

“On the training field he’s so sharp and you can see that he’s very agile. He’s such a great addition and is a name that really belongs here at Manchester United.”

The hugely-decorated Valdes won 21 major trophies at the Nou Camp, including three Champions Leagues, and Smalling says the players have been quizzing him about his experiences.

“We’ve heard a few stories from him and quite a few people here have asked him questions,” he told MUTV.

“Barcelona is another great club and you want to get some insight of what happens abroad as well.”

Man United Cant Be A One Man Team Even With De Gea’s Heroics – LVG

Louis van Gaal has laughed off suggestions that Manchester United have become a one-man team, because of the recent heroics of goalkeeper David De Gea.

The Spaniard was in inspired form again, as he denied Raheem Sterling and Mario Balotelli, during United’s 3-0 win over Liverpool on Sunday.

“We are doing it like a team and the team is winning, not one player,” Van Gaal said in the postmatch news conference.

“I can mention also other players, the influence of their performance was high but the press wants always one or two.

“I could mention more than three. We were very good today. I want to mention the team instead of individuals. That is my philosophy. I think the team has done very well and De Gea has contributed a big part of that.”

The Dutch manager however demanded more improvement from his side, despite recording six consecutive victories in their last six matches,

He continued: “We are winning now six matches in a row. That is fantastic but we have to improve our playing style still and I am saying that nearly every week. Only after the matches after QPR and Hull I have said: ‘OK, we are dominating the game for 90 minutes.’

“We could have dominated the game 90 minutes today but we didn’t do that. We gave unnecessary balls away in the second half. We have to improve but we are very pleased because we know what it is to win against Liverpool. Everybody is happy. My cook is happy, my wife is happy and I am happy.”

Source – Daily Post Ng

Falcao Lacks Match Fitness – Van Gaal

Louis van Gaal insists Radamel Falcao is not fit enough to start for Manchester United and is “not interested” in whether he is unhappy at being benched.

Falcao, currently on a season-long loan from Monaco, has made just three starts and four sub appearances in the Premier League.

The 28-year-old Colombia international is expected to be a substitute for the trip to Southampton, after the United manager confirmed Wayne Rooney is fit and “will play.”

Van Gaal said: “Falcao needs match fitness. He can only play for 20 minutes.

“I have selected him despite that but the rhythm of the game in the Premier League is the highest.

“It would be a better contribution if he played with the second team but I cannot do that because on Tuesday Rooney was injured for the match against Stoke.

“I had to adapt to the needs of selection. I am not interested whether he is unhappy being on the bench. He has to follow my philosophy. I am here because of that.”

Van Gaal Slams EPL December Fixtures

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, has labelled the Premier League’s December fixtures as ‘crazy’.

The Red Devils are preparing to play six league games in December, starting with the visit of Stoke City on Tuesday.

United will also play three matches in the space of eight days over Christmas against Aston Villa, Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur.

“I cannot change it, I don’t think it is good for the players that they play within two days of a match,” said Van Gaal.

“December shall be like that, and we have also family. I also have a wife, and kids and grandchildren and I cannot see them at Christmas.

“But, I want to work in the Premier League so I have to adapt and I shall adapt.”

The Old Trafford outfit are not in the Champions League this season, but the 63-year-old insists it does not give them any advantage in the league.

“Anderson is the least intelligent footballer I’ve played with” – Wes Brown

Sunderland defender Wes Brown sat down for a quick-fire interview with the club’s official YouTube channel and had some revealing information about his time at Manchester United

Brown certainly did not have the kindest words to say about United flopAnderson when he was asked who was the least intelligent player he has ever played with. 

“I’m not going to say anyone here (at Sunderland) because that could get back,” he said when the question came up at 1:45 in the video above.

“I’ll go Anderson. Just because when I was with him he was probably there for five or six years and honestly, still, I don’t think he can speak English.”

It’s a good thing Anderson won’t be able to understand the interview, if that’s the case, otherwise he might get upset.

Money Is The Name Of The Game – Sir Alex Speaks On Record Breaking Transfer Window

Money is the name of the game but the huge sums spent on football transfers are jaw-dropping, coaching icon Sir Alex Ferguson said today .

Speaking two days after a wide-ranging study showed that transfer fee inflation in Europe’s top leagues has hit 16 percent, and that his old club Manchester United paid tens of millions of euros above market rates for top purchase Angel di Maria, Ferguson said that was part and parcel of the sport.ferguson-alex

“My personal opinion is that it’s never going to change, the world is progressing, and transfer fees with it, and I don’t know if there’ll be an end to it,” Ferguson said after chairing two days of closed-door talks with top coaches at the base of European football governing body UEFA .

“Fortunately, I’m not at the hub of it nowadays. Certainly it’s amazing, the amount of money spent nowadays,” said 72-year-old Ferguson, who retired in May 2013 after 26 years as United boss.

His successor David Moyes was axed after just 10 months in charge as the club’s fortunes slumped.

Former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager Louis van Gaal took the helm after leading Holland to third place in the World Cup in Brazil.

The new United boss was given a green light to splash out on big name players for the 20-time English champions, who are looking to rebuild following a disappointing seventh-place finish last season.

The club set a British record last week by paying 59.7 million pounds (75.5 million euros) for Real Madrid midfielder di Maria.

As the transfer window closed on Monday, they made a sensational double swoop to sign Colombia striker Radamel Falcao on loan from Monaco and Holland international Daley Blind from Ajax.

Blind’s arrival, in a 14-million-pound (17-million-euros) transfer, had been expected, but the signing of prolific front man Falcao was a major coup for the ailing English giants.

United are reported to have agreed to pay Monaco a fee of around 10 million euros to secure Falcao’s services for the season, with an option to make the deal permanent for 55 million euros.

All told, they have spent around 150 million pounds (114 million euros).

According to Swiss-based analysts the CIES Football Observatory, the Di Maria deal was a case-study of the breakneck inflation on the transfer market, which far outstrips price rises in the overall economy.

CIES said that United paid 30 million euros over the right price for the Argentina international.

The story was similar at French club Paris St Germain, whose fee of 62 million euros to bring Brazilian David Luiz from Chelsea was 29 million euros too high, CIES said.

The sum was a world record for a defender.

Real Madrid, meanwhile, paid 25 million euros over the odds for World Cup Golden Boot James Rodriguez, CIES said.

The Colombian moved from Monaco for 80 million euros.

Those deals were emblematic of the role of wealthy clubs in stoking inflation, CIES said, noting that overall, European teams paid an average of 16 percent more than they invested in the five previous years for players with similar characteristics.

CIES examined football’s “Big Five” – the English Premier League, Spain’s La Liga, the Italian Serie A, Germany’s Bundesliga and the French Ligue 1.