News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney wants to be captain for the Red Devils under Louis van Gaal.
"I am interested in the captaincy. I feel I am ready, but it's the manager's decision," explained the England No.10.
Meanwhile, midfielder Shinji Kagawa revealed the players knew Van Gaal would be the new manager for ‘some time’.
"We've known for some time it was going to be him,” said the Japan international.
In transfer news, United target Luke Shaw will put his transfer plans on hold until after the World Cup in Brazil this summer, choosing to focus on his international duties with England.
“Transfer talk is completely gone – I am here to focus on England and England only,” stated the Southampton fullback.
Meanwhile, Bayern Munich star Toni Kroos stated he will not sign for Manchester United this summer. The Germany attacker explained that he expects to continue playing for the Bundesliga champions next season, despite links to Old Trafford.
“I am expecting to play for Bayern Munich next season,” he said.
“There was a lot of speculation, but Manchester is and was not an issue. At this point in time I am fully focused on preparations for the 2014 Fifa World Cup.”
However, reports today have suggested Toni Kroos could be moving to United for £20 million due to being ousted at the Allianz Arena. The Daily Mail reports that the deal is complete.
The Guardian, meanwhile, implies Louis van Gaal may have put an end to the Toni Kroos move, rather than the player.
Elsewhere, The Mirror states Louis van Gaal has turned down the chance to sign Stefan De Vrij of Feyenoord for £6.5 million, whom the new boss knows from his work with the Netherlands.
However, The Metro suggests United are interested in Yevhen Konolyanka, known to be target for both Liverpool and Tottenham this summer.