Manchester United round-up: Swansea reaction and Di Maria reports

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

Manchester United lost 2-1 to Swansea on Saturday afternoon in the opening game of the Premier League season.

The game was Louis van Gaal’s first official game in charge as manager in a competitive game with the BBC reporting describing the defeat as “depressing”.

Manager Louis van Gaal has been criticized for his 3-5-2 formation used during the match with the Daily Mail asserting the players looked ‘lost’ and the Dutch coach's philosophy had 'failed'.

Club chief executive Ed Woodward has also been under fire from claims that the defeat is down to his lack of activity in the transfer market.

Louis van Gaal believes United ‘must learn’ from their opening day defeat to Swansea and insists the Red Devils can still be Premier League champions.

"We make steps and you have to learn from your steps. We are not the champions. Swansea are not champions because they have beaten us. At the end of the season, we will know who is champion and who has learned from the steps we've made," said the coach.

Captain Wayne Rooney echoed the manager’s response, insisting the players will learn from the defeat.

"This is a really bad result for us. But we will learn, especially with the manager we have got," said Rooney.

In transfer news, The Independent suggests Mats Hummels and Arturo Vidal could be on their way to Old Trafford following months of speculation of the futures of the German defender and the Chilean midfielder.

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has admitted that United target Angel Di Maria could leave the Spanish capital this summer, alerting United over the Argentine winger.

The Mirror reports that United are ‘willing’ to spend up to £100 million to signing Angel Di Maria.

The Guardian reports that United are closing in on Sporting Lisbon defender Marcos Rojo following the escalation of fallout between the club and the player’s representatives in Portugal. The report also suggests the fee could be £16 million plus Nani.

The Daily Mail also reports that United are willing to add Nani to the deal as a part-exchange for the Argentine defender.

United are also linked with interest in AC Milan defender Philippe Mexes.

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