News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
Breaking news today is Manchester United chief executive David Gill revealed his intention of stepping down from his role at the club this summer. He will, however, be taking up a role as a director and insisted he is looking forward to continuing his service to the club.
Replacing Gill as chief executive will be Ed Woodward, the current vice chairman of the club. He is expected to take on his new role on 30th June this year.
In transfer news, United winger Nani is, according to The Independent, ‘unhappy’ at being excluded from the proceedings at the Bernabeu earlier this month for United’s Champion’s League clash with Real Madrid.
According to close sources he wants to ‘exit’ the club but stated that his preference would be to leave only for Real Madrid or Barcelona.
“The only places you could go to from here are Real Madrid and Barcelona. You can't have another choice. The level at Manchester United is so big and so massive. You come here and you are definitely going to win titles.”
Meanwhile The Daily Mail claims that United are ‘still in the hunt’ for Borussia Dortmund striker ‘target’ Robert Lewandowski.
According to their report, the Polish striker is widely expected to join Bayern Munich this summer but if United were willing to pay £25.5 million, Dortmund would likely rather he went abroad than to a Bundesliga rival.
The Mail also claim that United, along with Chelsea, are locked in a ‘race’ to sign Hamburg starlet Heung-min Son who is valued around £10 million.
United have reportedly being scouting him with a view to securing his services in the summer.
Elsewhere, speculation that Real Madrid attacking midfielder Angel Di Maria is on his way to Old Trafford this summer continues. According to sources the Argentine has been ‘offered’ to clubs around Europe and the Premier League.
Back in Manchester, unsettled midfielder Anderson insists he is ‘happy’ at United.
After his comments earlier this week that would like to get more games in the first team, he cleared up speculation that he is unhappy.
"It is not true," he said. "Everyone knows I am happy at the club. I have had a lot of injuries but I have never let the smile go from my face. I try to help the team all the time. This is me. When I want to leave, I will have to talk to the boss first. I don't have any issues.”
In other news, United manager Sir Alex Ferguson met with the ‘engineers of tomorrow’ at the University of Sheffield.
“What we need is businesses to have confidence in young people. Manchester United is the best example of this. We believe in young people and it's amazing how they can surprise you,” said the Scot as he addressed students.
Former United legend Peter Schmeichel has revealed he is ‘impressed’ with how well his former club are performing this season.
“We’ve done really well in the Premier League and have built a very nice cushion, and if United do go on to win the title this season then it sends out a hell of a message,” said the Dane.
Meanwhile, the South China Morning Post has reported that tickets for United’s upcoming summer tour match against Kitchee on July 29th have sold out in just a matter of hours.
Fans of the Premier League leaders reportedly began queuing for tickets 24 hours in advance of the tickets going on sale.
Finally, the Manchester Evening News have a piece running on the similarities between this season and United’s 1999 treble-winning approach. They analyse the chances of a repeat of that astonishing season as United head in to the ‘business end’ of the season.
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