News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
Manchester United striker Robin van Persie insists the team won’t hold back next season as he looks forward to the challenges to come.
"It's a challenge and everybody knows what our standard is," said van Persie.
"We want to win the league again and then, hopefully, add one or two trophies to that.”
"Hopefully next year we can win the double, or even more. It will be a new era and I'm looking forward to it,” he added.
The Dutch ace also spoke about his ‘uncertainty’ last summer over his move to United from Arsenal.
"It was [difficult] because it wasn’t only me who decided where I went to play," Robin exclusively told MUTV.
"I also depended on my former club as well and how they saw it. And then of course you always have these games that the directors play.”
"It’s a bit like a rollercoaster. Some days it is looking good and other days it is worse. You don’t really know what to expect because things can change so quickly. It normally depends on the player and the two teams, but in my case, there were two other teams involved as well.”
"One was [Manchester] City and the other one was Juventus. So it was a bit hectic but I always wanted this transfer from day one. Me and Sir Alex knew that it would be a bumpy road, but I think that it shows that if you really want something then nothing is impossible. I am glad it happened,” he added.
Meanwhile, United legend Bryan Robson thanked the fans in attendance at Old Trafford for Sunday’s Red Heart United legends’ charity match with Real Madrid.
“The fans were magnificent and they really made the occasion special,” he said.
“It's unbelievable to think more than 60,000 people would come to a charity game. The incredible atmosphere they created is something the players will never forget.”
Former United defender Phil Neville is expected to join the Red Devils’ coaching staff, following David Moyes from Everton this summer after 8 years at Goodison Park.
Another former United player, Lee Sharpe believes Moyes is the ‘right man’ to replace Sir Alex Ferguson.
“David Moyes is very similar to the young Alex Ferguson who first came to the club. He is hungry, driven, he has a lot of discipline and I think he will blend straight in," he explained.
Elsewhere, Shinji Kagawa is through to the World Cup finals in Brazil next year and he is looking forward to his first World Cup with Japan after their 1-1 draw against Australia.
"We had our fans worried and it was a relief that Keisuke scored," Kagawa admitted.
"I didn't play in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa," he added.
"I will keep doing my best to improve this year so I can play in the finals."
In transfer news, super-rich Ligue 1 outfit AS Monaco are rumoured to be interested in Nani this summer.
Meanwhile, United may be set to join the race to sign Arsenal and Chelsea target Stevan Jovetic.
However, David De Gea hopes Wayne Rooney stays at Old Trafford amidst speculation over his future with United.
Meanwhile, United are rumoured to be ‘eyeing’ Ezequiel Garay of Benfica this summer.
United may face competition from Manchester City in the chase to sign Stoke keeper Asmir Begovic who has been offered a way out at the Britannia by the club.
In other news, Wilfried Zaha’s brother faces jail after pleading guilty to theft of a mobile phone.
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