News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
The Telegraph described Louis van Gaal’s first press conference yesterday as a 'commanding display' and the ‘polar opposite’ to David Moyes’s 12 months ago at Old Trafford.
The Manchester United manager insisted that the team’s challenge is to ‘finish top’ of the Premier League and his aim is to restore the Red Devils as champions of England.
Van Gaal took charge of his first training session yesterday. Assistant manager Ryan Giggs gave the first ‘pep talk’ to the squad as the players began their pre-season preparations at Carrington.
The players included in the squad are: De Gea, Lindegaard, Amos, Johnstone, Rafael, Evans, Smalling, Jones, Shaw, Blackett, M Keane, James, Herrera, Cleverley, Fletcher, Young, Zaha, Kagawa, Mata, Valencia, Nani, Lingard, Welbeck, Rooney, W Keane.
The squad flew out to the USA today from Manchester Airport.
New signing Ander Herrera attended a match at Welsh outfit Colwyn Bay to support his cousin Edu Silva who was on trial.
In transfer news, United remain linked with Arturo Vidal, who seems uncertain over his future at Juventus.
The Chilean has left the door open to a move to United by stating he would decide his future when he returns from holiday.
“Once I arrive to Italy I will speak to the coach and see what happens,” he said. “Now the only thing on my mind on is that I have seven or eight days of holiday left and I want to go away from Chile in order to have a good rest.”
The Independent reports that United are on ‘alert’ over Raphael Varane, who wants ‘assurances’ over his future at Real Madrid. The report also claims that Chelsea could be interested in signing the French centre-back this summer.
In other news, Queens Park Rangers boss Harry Redknapp believes that new signing Rio Ferdinand would have stayed at United if Ryan Giggs had remained in charge.
“I spoke to Ryan, not that I had any doubt,” he revealed. “I just asked about how much training he did and Ryan said if he still had been his manager this year then he would have been his number one centre-half. When he took over last year, the first thing he did was put Rio back in the team.”