Manchester United latest: Valencia preview & £16m bid reports for Rojo

Marcos Rojo playing for Argentina

News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.

Manchester United take on Valencia this evening at 7.30pm in a pre-season friendly.

The match is to be manager Louis van Gaal’s first game in charge at Old Trafford.

In team news, Adnan Januzaj, Marouane Fellaini and Robin van Persie will all miss the clash with the La Liga outfit at Old Trafford. De Gea; Jones, Smalling, Blackett; Young, Fletcher, Herrera, James; Mata; Rooney, Hernandez have all been named as starters.

However, Adnan Januzaj will reportedly be handed the No.11 shirt previously occupied by United hero and legend, new assistant manager Ryan Giggs.

New signing Luke Shaw is ‘relishing’ his Old Trafford debut after what he described as a ‘crazy’ start to his United career.

“As a kid, it’s a dream to play at Old Trafford and it’s one of the biggest arenas in the world,” explained the teenage fullback. "To know it’s going to be my home ground is something special. I can’t wait to get my first touch on the pitch, just to relish it.”

In transfer news, Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp insists Mats Hummels is going nowhere despite the Red Devils’ reported pursuit of the Germany defender.

“He is going nowhere,” said Klopp. “He is staying with us.”

However, The Guardian reports that United are targeting a £16 million move for Marcos Rojo of Sporting Lisbon after the Argentina international’s impressive displays at the World Cup in Brazil.

The BBC, meanwhile, report that Marcos Rojo has now handed a transfer request in at Sporting Lisbon and told the club he wants to join Manchester United, following the club's bid.

In other news, United have ‘banned’ iPads from Old Trafford along with a long list of other prohibited items.

And finally, United legend Gary Neville believes a title push is ‘not realistic’ this season for the Red Devils, despite the arrival of Louis van Gaal.

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