Manchester United latest: Evra rumours grow, Madrid close on Kroos

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New signing Ander Herrera has thanked his old manager Marco Bielsa for working with him at Athletic Bilbao following his move to Old Trafford.

“He’s the most original, different, singular, person that I’ve ever met,” said Herrera.

“He’s got an amazing mind. He has an incredible intellectual capacity for football. Nothing is ever left to chance, everything is studied to the finest details.”

Meanwhile, striker Robin van Persie has praised his Netherlands colleagues ahead of the Dutch’s clash with Costa Rica on Saturday in the quarterfinals of the World Cup.

"I have known Nigel for over 20 years and he is a fighter," said van Persie. "We are really going to miss him against Costa Rica. You could see that against Mexico, even though Daley Blind did well.

"You always have the feeling the youngsters can also make a difference. What I like about Memphis is that he picks things up so quickly. It is not so easy to be here at a World Cup because the level is so high. Every day, the maximum is required of everyone - including him,” he added.

Netherlands coach and United boss Louis van Gaal expects a tough test from Costa Rica, despite the Dutch being favourites for the clash to progress to the semifinals in Brazil:

“This group of players is very modest. We have outstanding spirit, outstanding atmosphere and that led to victory. Costa Rica are very difficult opponents, otherwise they wouldn’t have ended up in a quarter final.”

In transfer news, United are ‘braced’ for a fight to keep Patrice Evra with the prospect of fending off interest from Juventus and Real Madrid who could offer attacker Angel Di Maria.

Meanwhile, reports suggest Louis van Gaal could look to ‘offload’ Marouane Fellaini this summer after the Belgian midfielder’s underwhelming debut season at United.

However, United have reportedly ‘missed out’ on Toni Kroos who signed for Real Madrid for €25 million according to reports.

The Mirror claims United have bid £32 million for Colombia star Juan Cuadrado of Fiorentina.

Elsewhere, United legend Rio Ferdinand’s proposed move to QPR could be ‘off’ due to the English defender’s wage demands, according to The Independent.

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