Louis van Gaal has begun the mind games ahead of the Manchester derby by claiming that arch rivals City have the distinct advantage before the match.
Manchester City have been the team to beat in the league so far this campaign. They lead the table – albeit with only a two-point advantage over United – after having taken 21 points from the opening nine games. United have the advantage of this game being played at Old Trafford for this first major derby of the season between the two sides. Both teams will be looking to avoid a draw since it will favour the teams like Arsenal.
Aside from the recent form, Van Gaal also says that the scheduling of the European fixtures puts United at a major disadvantage. United have been involved in a Champions League game against CSKA Moscow. Even though they played on the same night as City, they had to travel far away for this away trip. City, who entertained Sevilla at Etihad stadium, had the comfort of playing at home for the third consecutive game in all competitions. United claimed a 1-1 draw in the game whereas City enjoyed a last-minute winner from Kevin De Bruyne. Continue reading
Old Trafford staged its first goalless draw in over four years as Manchester United and Chelsea shared the spoils yesterday evening.
The surprise in the United starting line-up was the inclusion of Wayne Rooney, who was arguably United’s stand out player.
All eyes will be on Old Trafford this evening as champions Manchester United host Chelsea in the first heavyweight clash of the new Premier League season.
United manager David Moyes must decide whether or not to include striker Wayne Rooney against the club who are trying to sign him, while injured quartet Rafael, Nani, Ashley Young and Javier Hernandez are all set to miss out.
Manchester United are in advanced talks with Real Madrid over a deal that could see Cristiano Ronaldo return to Old Trafford, the Daily Star understands.
The Premier League champions have reportedly spent the last twelve days negotiating an £80m package with the Spanish giants, as David Moyes continues his hunt for a marquee signing.
Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio has refused to rule out a move to Manchester United amid reports linking him to the Premier League champions, the Metro understands.
The Italy international has been earmarked by David Moyes as an alternative option to first-choice transfer target Cesc Fabregas, should a move for the former Arsenal captain fail to materialise.
The 27 year old has three years remaining on his contract with the Serie A champions, and has stated that he is happy with life in Turin, though the pull of Manchester United may prove too strong.
Meanwhile, United’s hopes of signing Luka Modric have been dealt a blow after Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti confirmed that the midfielder will be remaining at the Bernabeu.
The 27 year old, who only moved to Spain last summer, made thirty-three appearances in La Liga last season, and scored an incredible equaliser for Real in the Champions League last sixteen second leg victory at Old Trafford.
Arsenal had reportedly entered the race to sign the Croatia international, with his former club Tottenham Hotspur were reportedly interested in involving him in a swap deal that would see Gareth Bale move in the opposite direction, though his new manager has reiterated his importance to the Spanish club.
David Moyes is ready to smash Manchester United’s transfer record with a third bid for Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas, the Express understands.
The Premier League champions’ opening two bids for the former Arsenal captain, though to be around the £25m and £30m mark, were dismissed out of hand by the Catalan club.
Manchester United are lining up a £25m bid for Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric, the Metro understands.
The Premier League champions are ready to revive their interest in the former Tottenham Hotspur man as they struggle to land their primary transfer targets.
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Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has said that his former club are ‘wasting their time’ trying to sign Cesc Fabregas, the Metro understands.
David Moyes is reported to be lining up a final bid of £35m for the Spain midfielder, though Pique, who spend four years at Old Trafford prior to his move to the Catalan club, believes they have no chance of securing his services.
Manchester United are set to give up on their pursuit of Cesc Fabregas if their second bid fails, the Mirror understands.
David Moyes has confirmed that the club have made an improved offer of £30m for the Barcelona midfielder, after seeing their initial bid of £26m rejected by the La Liga champions.
David Moyes is hopeful of agreeing a deal for Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas in the next 48 hours, the Guardian understands.
However, Josep Maria Bartomeu, the La Liga Champions vice president, has announced that the 26 year old is not for sale, insisting that the club will not entertain any offers for him.