News views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
Manchester United fans caught a ‘glimpse’ of Louis van Gaal’s training methods today as the Netherlands boss and recently confirmed appointment to take charge at Old Trafford next season led a training session in Rotterdam ahead of the World Cup.
The 62-year-old former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach pretended to take pictures of his team in front of fans in Holland after putting this squad through a ‘gruelling’ 75-minute work out.
In transfer news, Manchester United are ‘racing’ to sign Luke Shaw before the World Cup, according to The Guardian. The 18-year-old Southampton left back and England starlet has said he wants to focus on his international duty but the Red Devils are keen that a deal be hatched before he departs for the summer.
The BBC report that United have resumed talks with Southampton over a £27 million offer for the youngster who is also a target for Chelsea.
Meanwhile, The Mirror suggests Spain youngster Koke is a top target for Van Gaal this summer, ahead of his compatriot Cesc Fabregas, as reports suggest today that Barcelona are also pursuing the Atletico Madrid midfielder with interest.
However, United could be set to miss out on signing Edinson Cavani as the Paris Saint-Germain striker is reportedly prepared to reject the Red Devils on the basis of their lack of involvement in the Champions League next term, according to reports originating in France.
Elsewhere, Iniesta and Fabregas’ teammate at Barcelona Alex Song could be up for grabs as the former Arsenal midfielder is ready to leave Spain with United, Liverpool and the Gunners reportedly on ‘alert’.
The future of midfielder Michael Carrick is ‘uncertain’ after he has not been included in the England squad for the World Cup and, at 32 years of age, he could be considered surplus to requirement at Old Trafford by Louis van Gaal.