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After grabbing a class left back in the form of Luke Shaw from Southampton, Manchester United is looking for another player for that position and the guy whom they have set their eyes on is Daley Blind, the 24-year old Ajax Amsterdam player.
Blind is also eager to unite with his compatriot Louis Van Gaal.
The amount of money that is being demanded by Ajax for the player is about 17 million Pounds.
What Van Gaal wants to do by bringing in Blind is to keep Luke Shaw on his toes. He wants a fierce competition within the team for that all important left-back place in the XI.
Apart from the competition, the other thing is that Shaw is not believed to be fit for selection in the starting few matches in the league. He has been battling with a few fitness issues. Patrice Evra is not there in the squad either now. So, signing one more defender to play in the left has sort of become necessary for the Red Devils.
Blind was brilliant featuring for the Holland national side in the FIFA World Cup 2014. In Oranje’s first match in the tournament in which they had thrashed the reigning champions Spain, he had set up a couple of goals.
During the World Cup, when Blind was asked about him being linked to United, he had said, “A couple of my countrymen, Louis and Robin, are associated with United. So, it’s easy for people to link me to that club.”
“It’s obviously great for a young player to attract attention, but, I am not going to go too much into it.”
In his 99 Eredivisie appearances for Ajax so far, Blind has found the back of the net 3 times.
Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal has intensified as rumours linking him with Manchester United by admitting that he would like to play for the Premier League giants. United are set to undergo a massive spending spree in order to overhaul the squad, which finished in a disappointing seventh place last season. The overhauling is interested in the hands of Louis van Gaal – one of the top managers involved football. Vidal has been placed as one of the transfer targets for United.
The Juventus midfielder has established a reputation for being one of the best in the last few seasons. Last season, he scored 11 goals in just over 30 league appearances. This helped Juventus claim a third straight league title. Vidal was also crucial towards Chile almost reaching the quarter-finals of the World Cup 2014. They came close to beating Brazil in the last 16 stage. Vidal has been consistently linked with Real Madrid in the last few months, but United have now entered into the frame. Van Gaal is reportedly keen on a competitive midfielder who has the ability to go forward as well.
Vidal perfectly fits into this philosophy and he could finally be the player to replace Roy Keane – a player United have never managed to replace in the last decade. Vidal’s latest statements about playing for United will concern Juventus. “I’ve heard about the rumours, but I haven’t spoken more about this subject. I’m enjoying my holidays, and when I return to Italy I’ll see what happens. I’m very calm, but anyone would love to play for one of the biggest clubs in the world,” said the midfielder.
If United are looking to sign Vidal, then they will have to part with at least £35 million in transfer fees for the 27-year-old. Vidal joined Juventus in 2011 from Bayer Leverkusen.
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Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has dismissed suggestions that he may be past his best. Former teammate Paul Scholes recently suggested that the world is the best of Rooney at the age of 26. While many consider the 29 to be the peak of a footballer’s career, Scholes argued that Rooney may have attended his peak much earlier than other players since he started playing top-level football when he was just 16. Rooney made his debut as a young teenager for Everton. He still remains as one of the youngest players ever to make the debut in the Premier league.
The England international will be heading into the World Cup 2014 looking to finally realise his potential at a major tournament. Despite having won a lot of trophies at club level, he has been disappointing at international level. Many reckon that this would be the final opportunity for Rooney to show that he should be considered in the same breath as Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi. Scholes even went as far as saying that Rooney may not continue playing football after 32. Rooney has responded to those allegations by saying that he feels that he is at the best moment of his career.
England will be coming up against Italy and Uruguay in the World Cup group stages. “To be honest, I’m not really interested in what anyone else has got to say. I’m interested in what Roy Hodgson, the coaching staff and the people around me say. People have their opinions but I don’t agree with them. He [Scholes] has been a team-mate of mine but he’s also been away from the [Manchester United] first team for a long time. I’ve seen a lot of you [journalists] saying he’s coached me and been around the team but he hasn’t,” said Rooney.
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Manchester United legend Sir Bobby Charlton has promised supporters that the club will be finishing above Manchester City in the table next season. United will be coming on the back of a very poor campaign. They are not only set to miss out on Champions League football, but they are also set to finish the worst in the Premier league history. The club are seventh in the table going into the final match of the season against Southampton. Charlton, who has seen a lot of successful years in the last two decades, says that United will get back to their best next campaign.
He is also absolutely sure that the new manager will be able to bring success in his first campaign. He has accepted that the club has not coped well with the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson. David Moyes was appointed as his replacement, but he lasted just 10 months in the job. Now, United are set to go by the way of the experienced Louis van Gaal. He has won numerous titles in his career and Charlton reckons that the club will be able to challenge for top places with a couple of signings in the summer.
He has also assured fans that a number of names will arrive in the summer.
“This year has been a tremendously interesting year. We have done our best. We have changed manager and it has not worked but next year I guarentee that we will be No.1 in Manchester. We will have to buy a couple of players, which will happen. I am looking forward a lot to next year because Manchester United is not renowned for being second. We like to be first and we will be first. We have the most fantastic organisation and that organisation when it works is unstoppable,” said Charlton.
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Manchester United will be looking to bounce back from their derby day disappointment when they take on Aston Villa at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.
The champions welcome back Nemanja Vidic from suspension though fellow defenders Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans are doubtful with hamstring and calf problems respectively and Robin van Persie remains out with a knee injury.