News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
The Guardian discussed the impact of Louis van Gaal on striker Wayne Rooney. The England No.10 captained the side that beat Liverpool to win the International Champions Cup in Miami this week as the forward discussed the manager’s affect on his understanding of the game.
“He’s a tough manager but he’s been great since he came in. He’s given us all a different way of looking at football, which we haven’t had before. It’s been great for us and hopefully that will continue,” explained Rooney.
The Mail Online suggests Wayne Rooney is set to be named captain by Louis van Gaal after taking the armband against Liverpool.
Phil Neville has confirmed he is not part of United’s coaching staff any longer, after being brought into the club from Everton by David Moyes. The former United defender will now join the punditry team on BBC’s Match of the Day.
A fan tweeted: "Phil, are you still on the coaching team at United? #legend", to which Neville simply replied: "No".
Amid reports Everton are pursuing Tom Cleverley, the midfielder insisted his future lies at Old Trafford and he is not worried about the arrival of Louis van Gaal under whom he hopes to improve this year.
“Under the new manager we are being told to think of things as a team but personally it has gone well. I definitely think I can fit into the way he plays. I don’t think I have got to make much adaptation because he likes passers, movers, and people who understand the game,” he said.
Meanwhile, The Mirror links United with Dutch trio Daley Blind, Ron Vlaar and Kevin Strootman, suggesting Louis van Gaal’s relationship with the players with the Netherlands national team could see them targeted by the club this summer.
Elsewhere, The Independent reports United’s pursuit of Arturo Vidal could be over as Louis van Gaal has reported concerns over the Chile midfielder’s fitness. The Juventus man has struggled with a knee injury recently and his proposed £47 million move to Old Trafford could be scuppered as a result.
The same source reports United are in a race with Barcelona to sign Juan Cuadrado of Fiorentina after the Colombian’s impressive display at the World Cup in Brazil this summer.
However, another reported winger target for the Red Devils, Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus could reportedly be available for less than £20 million after his buyout clause was made public, as Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid are also linked with the German as well as United.
In other news, referee Howard Webb announced his retirement today, leading to a number of jokes being made on social media sites about the English official and his decisions perceived as some as being in favour of the Red Devils.
Spain and Barcelona legend Xavi has revealed his only regret is not having played with Paul Scholes. The midfielder, widely regarded as the best in the world in his prime, stated he had not regrets in his career apart from that, after announcing his retirement from international football.
"When I think about all I have won with Spain and Barcelona and all they great players I have played with - it is impossible for me to have any regrets," he said.
"Maybe one small regret is that I never got to play with Paul Scholes - but I was never going to leave Barcelona and he was never going to leave Manchester United."