News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
Manchester United’s new kit for the 2014/15 season has been unveiled officially. The new kit is sponsored by American car manufacturer Chevrolet and produced by sportswear giant Nike.
However, Nike have confirmed today that they will not be extending their kit deal with United beyond next season. It is understood the sports brand considers a new deal not to be commercially viable meaning Nike will part their association with Manchester United in 2015 after 12 years of making the club’s kit since 2002.
Meanwhile, manager Louis van Gaal has ordered the team to undergo ‘teatime’ training sessions as the squad begin their pre-season training whilst the Dutch coach remains in Brazil at the World Cup with Netherlands who take on Argentina in the semi-finals on Wednesday.
The coach has decided to schedule double training sessions, the second of which will commence at 5.30pm, which has raised some eyebrows, according to The Mirror.
Elsewhere, United legend and coach Paul Scholes believes Louis van Gaal will improve United by 20-25% next term and hailed the Dutch coach as having the ‘Midas touch’.
“Van Gaal seems to have the Midas touch, and with his coaching reputation and vast experience he can bring a lot to the club. He’ll improve last year’s performance by 20/25%, I feel,” Scholes stated and revealed he is ‘excited’ about the coming campaign under the new manager.
In transfer news, The Metro reports that Juventus has rejected an inquiry for Arturo Vidal from United scuppering the Red Devils hopes of signing the Chile midfielder this summer.
However, The Mirror reports that talks over Arturo Vidal are ‘well underway’ with reports in Italy suggesting a €40 million could be agreed this summer.
United are also linked with Germany defender Mats Hummels whom The Mirror also reports is a target for Barcelona this summer. The reports claims the Borussia Dortmund centre back could be the subject of a £20 million move to Spain.
Meanwhile, Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen has left the ‘door open’ for a move to United. The Belgian centre back admitted he is unclear over his future at the Emirates amidst rumours he could be on his way to Old Trafford this summer.
Vermaelen said: "I really do not know where I will play, Arsenal or elsewhere next season.
"All my attention went to the World Cup. I will see when I talk with Arsenal."
In other news, United legend Sir Bobby Robson has lead tributes to Alfredo Di Stefano who died on Monday, aged 88.
"I was deeply saddened to hear the news of Alfredo Di Stefano's passing," Sir Bobby told ManUtd.com.
"As one of the stars of the legendary Real Madrid team, I think Alfredo was one of the best players I ever came across and an extremely intelligent footballer.”