News, views and rumours in relation to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
Manchester United take on Swansea this Saturday at Old Trafford in the Premier League for the opening game of the 2014/15 season. The match kicks off at 12.45pm and will be broadcast live on BT Sport.
Manchester United have drawn MK Dons in the second round of the League Cup, which is scheduled for August 26.
Summer signing Luke Shaw will miss a month of the season due to a hamstring injury, as reported on Wednesday. This means Shaw will miss the Red Devils’ clashes with Swansea, Sunderland, Burnley and QPR.
Meanwhile, the pundits are predicted a ‘resurgence’ from United this season under Louis van Gaal. However, they have backed Chelsea to win the title.
However, according to super computer generated Bloomberg Sports data Manchester City will win the title and United will finish fourth. Chelsea will come second losing out on the title by just one point and Arsenal will finish third, it predicted.
In transfer news, United are waiting on Argentine defender Marcos Rojo who is in hot water with his club Sporting Lisbon following United’s £15 million bid that led to his handing in a transfer request in the Portuguese capital.
Marcos Rojo’s management company are now embroiled in a dispute with Sporting Lisbon over the prospective move of their client to Old Trafford. Sporting Lisbon are reportedly considering taking legal action against Doyen Sports.
Meanwhile, midfielder target Arturo Vidal was spotted signing a United shirt for fans but has yet to put pen to paper on a deal to move from Juventus who reportedly remain hopeful of keeping the Chile international.
This comes as Javier Hernandez’s agent ‘hints’ a deal is ‘close’ for the striker in a swap deal taking Arturo Vidal in the opposite direction.
“I have no news at the moment on an exchange, I haven’t spoken to anyone in England, but there will be news soon,” said Eduardo Hernandez.
United midfielder Anderson has rejected a loan move to Flamengo in his native Brazil, reportedly due to concerns over whether he will be paid on time. The Daily Mail also suggests he is being offered to Santos and Atletico Mineiro.
In other news, United have made history by becoming the first club to hire a wheelchair-bound coach on their coaching staff.
The inspirational Sohail Rehman, 22 years of age, from Yorkshire becomes the first wheelchair-bound coach and the club was very proud to have him on board.
A United spokesman said: "We are absolutely delighted to welcome Sohail to Manchester United, his determination to reach a unique role in football is an example to us all.”