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Transfer Balls: Barcelona’s Pedro joins Manchester United from Inter Milan for £4m less than Arsenal paid for him

pedro manchester unitedTransfer Balls: Pedro is leaving Barcelona for Manchester United. Maybe. The media seem undecided. These news reports on the great Pedro are all from the mainstream media:

Apr 16, Daily Express: “Liverpool, Arsenal and Man Utd frustrated as Pedro AGREES Inter Milan switch.”

He did? No. He didn’t.

May 10, Metro: “Arsenal ‘ready to sign £26m Pedro”

Why £26m when the release clause in his contract says anyone can have him for £22m?

July 12, Daily Express: “Pedro wants to join Chelsea ahead of Man United, Arsenal and Liverpool”

Jul 15, Daily Express: “Chelsea Transfer News: Pedro deal imminent”

Imminent is defined by the Daily Express Bumper Books of Words as: ‘never’.

July 22, Evening Standard: “Manchester United set to confirm Pedro signing within 48 hours”

July 23, Daily Express: “Barcelona president confirms Pedro will not be joining Man United, Chelsea or Arsenal”

Just 24 hours to go, then, until Pedro signs.

July 24, Daily Star: “Pedro desperate for Chelsea, Liverpool or Man Utd switch”

24 hour passes. Pedro remains at Barcelona.

July 29, Daily Express: “Manchester United rocked as Bayern Munich launch bid for Barcelona’s Pedro”

Have United actually made a bid for Pedro?

July 29, Daily Mail: “Manchester United to wait on Angel di Maria before bidding for Pedro”

No. They have not.

July 29, Daily Express: “PEDRO is set to wear a Manchester United shirt this season”

July 29, The Herald: “Man United deal for Pedro could be done by weekend”

July 29, The Telegraph: Pedro has told those close to him that he will be moving to Old Trafford.

July 29, The Metro: “Pedro ‘agrees personal terms with Manchester United”

Pedro rem,ins a Barcelona player.

Posted: 29th, July 2015 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United: Rojo’s criminal stupidity costs him dear

It’s easily done. Marcos Rojo, the charming Manchester United defender, was barred from boarding a flight from Buenos Aires to San Jose, California, because he forgot to renew his passport and obtain the right visa.

On the day of departure, Rojo’s mental checklist departed from the traditional: ‘Tickets, oven, passport …’ to something akin to: ‘Gel, mirror, gel…’

The Times says the error will cost Rojo a fine of two weeks wages. How much is that? It’s £140,000! For the price of another big tattoo, Rojo could employ a passport wallah to spend a few moments each morning shouting out how many days are left until the passport expires, or counting down the hours before the milk in his fridge turns. Redirect the cash from a saucer-sized watch and he’s got a speaking clock no more than 10 steps behind him at any time.

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Posted: 28th, July 2015 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United sign average Romero as brilliant De Gea moves to Real Madrid

The saga of David De Gea’s protracted move from a rather desperate Manchester United (£230 spent on new players since Van Gaal arrived a season ago) to Real Madrid has led to the arrival of Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero at Old Trafford.

Only a few days ago, The Daily Express thundered:

You are staying! Louis van Gaal tells David De Gea to forget Real Madrid move this summer

Rubbish, of course. With just one year left on his United deal, Van Gaal knows De Gea is leaving.

As the BBC writes:

Manchester United have signed Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero as a result of the uncertainty over David De Gea.

What do we know of Romero? Well, he won the 2008-09 Eredivisie title under Van Gaal at AZ Alkmaar.

Says Van Gaal:

“We have to prepare our season with the threat that David De Gea is going to Real Madrid. You need always competition. When I see that a player is better than the player in the line-up, he shall play the next match.”

Will he fit in quickly to life at United?

“Of course, he has to learn English because that is also a problem always with a foreigner. He is very good with his feet, so he fits in our profile. I have a lot of confidence that he can fulfil what we are expecting.”

Says Romero:

“I am absolutely delighted to join Manchester United. To play for the biggest club in the world is a dream come true for me. Louis van Gaal is a fantastic manager and I cannot wait to get started on this new and exciting challenge in my career.”

Romero joined as free agent from Sampdoria.

Posted: 27th, July 2015 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United: Van Gaal criticises Ashley Young and dreams of a superstar like Chelsea’ Eden Hazard

Louis van Gaal has spent £230 million in 12 months trying to turn Manchester United into a winning team. But what he really wants is a superstar, like Cristiano Ronaldo:

“He may come, but it is not possible. Why not? Because you have the club [Real Madrid], you have Ronaldo and then you have Manchester United and how much Manchester United want to spend.”

For £230m surely Van Gaal could have brought Ronaldo to United and at least one other superstar. As it is, he bought fourth place in the Premier League and a reputation for playing a long-ball game.

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Posted: 27th, July 2015 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Watch Ronaldo edge closer to Manchester United in a fantasy row with ‘hombre’ Benitez

 

Transfer Balls: Is Cristiano Ronaldo heading back to Manchester United?

In “Utd Ron alert Rafa row opens door”, the Sun says Real Madrid’s new manager and and Crisitiano Ronaldo have “clashed“.  The pair have a “deteriorating relationship”.

Evidence of a row seems based on a very small incident – well, ok, two very small incidents. With Real Madrid in Melbourne “Ronaldo had a pop at new Madrid boss Benitez during training on Wednesday after having a goal disallowed” for offside”.

Ronaldo, 30, said “vai caralho”. The Sun runs it through Google translate and says it means “‘c**k’ but loosely translated can mean the F-word”.

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Posted: 24th, July 2015 | In: manchester united, News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United ‘abandoning’ their history says Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger

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Did Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger say Manchester United are trying to buy glory? The Times reports:

Arsène Wenger has accused Manchester United of abandoning the club’s tradition of youth development in pursuit of short-term success…

He did?

Wenger contrasted United’s new approach to Arsenal’s philosophy, which he claims remains geared to producing players, albeit many of them recruited from all over the world as teenagers. 

Wenger said that? It’s seems out of character.  Frenchman is hardly the most gung-ho individual. Take what he says about the coming season and Arsenal chances of winning the Premier League title:

“All going well, I feel we have a chance. But I cannot guarantee we will win the title. We now have the stability that gives us strength but it’s very difficult to guess how strong the other teams will be.

“There have been times in the past when I knew we could not win it. When you just squeeze into the top four and see others strengthening while you are losing players, it is difficult to be convinced you can still win the league.”

Back, then, to the Times and is story on Wenger attacking Man United for “abandoning” it’s roots:

“With United’s success they have created huge financial resources and today there is no patience for them to continue to do what they did — and they have the financial resources to go with a different policy. As well, they do not have available the players like Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and David Beckham inside the club, because youth talent is spread more through 20 clubs than it was 20 years ago.”

So. He didn’t say United were buying success. Wenger said the market has changed because United grew rich through glory brought about by sound planning and Alex Ferguson’s management skills. They can now spend huge amounts of money.

As for the homemade players coming through:

Of players who came through the Old Trafford academy, Evans made the most Premier League starts last season with 12, the same number as Paddy McNair, followed by Adnan Januzaj with seven and Tyler Blackett, right, with six.

Such are the facts.

Posted: 23rd, July 2015 | In: Arsenal, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Man United’s ‘surprise’ non-striking striker target revealed

When Manchester United’s Louis Van Gaal played the media by telling everyone he was signing a striker not yet linked to the club, we began to guess.

Rumours are that it’s Fernando Llorente. According to the Mirror, the Spanish hitman is on his way to Old Trafford.

The signings of Pablo Dybala and Mario Mandzukic by Juventus this summer means that the 30-year-old Llorente will struggle for game time with the Old Lady. While, with his 6’5″ frame, the former Athletic Bilbao star would provide United with a proper physical presence in attack.

But hold the replica shirt printing because the Guardian says:
Manchester United’s ‘surprise’ signing is not a striker, says Louis van Gaal
It’s an egg? A dinosaur? Roberto Soldado?
After his team defeated San Jose Earthquakes 3-1 at the Avaya Stadium, Van Gaal said: “I don’t know if I want to buy a striker. I have read in the media that a striker is the surprise. No, that I have not said. You are saying that, because my answer is like that. No, I mean something else.”
Ever get the feeling someone’s winding you up?

Posted: 22nd, July 2015 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Manchester United are buying a ‘surprise’ striker – so Luis Suarez it is

Manchester United are getting a surprise. Team manager Louis van Gaal says the player is “in the process” of joining. He added:

“It’s not the striker that the media has written about. You have to wait and see. The transfer period is open until August 31. You have to wait.”

Considering every striker worth his salt has been linked to United in the media, we can only wonder if Van Gaal doesn’t read the Press or if he’s buying Diego Costa or Luis Suarez. So. For SEO purposes, here’s the news: Manchester United are buying Luis Suarez.

Unless it’s all balls and United are buying Thomas Müller, Robert Lewandowski, Edinson Cavani, Álvaro Morata and Harry Kane. It’s not “the striker” – it’s “the strikers”. Van Gaal is such a tease. Man United are buying all of them.

Or as the Telegraph puts it:

Man Utd transfer news and rumours: ‘Louis van Gaal prepares €100m Thomas Muller bid’

But Luis Van Gaal never saw that story.

 

Posted: 21st, July 2015 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Alexandre Lacazette’s all clear to Arsenal and Manchester United

It’s been a busy few weeks Lyon footballer Alexandre Lacazette.

June 4, Daily Star: “Alexandre Lacazette WANTS Manchester United move”

June 4, Daily Express: “Arsenal and City target Alexandre Lacazette WANTS Man Utd move despite £22m Liverpool bid”

June 8, Daily Star: “Alexandre Lacazette has reached an agreement to sign for Paris St-Germain”

July 16, The Metro: “Arsenal ‘clear to seal Alexandre Lacazette transfer”

Which brings us to today’s news. Says Lacazette:

 “I have already told the head coach and the president that I want to stay in Lyon. I am fully committed to our project for this season.”

So much for his wanting to leave…

Posted: 20th, July 2015 | In: Arsenal, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Chelsea reject Pedro gossip as Manchester United move for Liverpool and Arsenal target

Chelsea will not be signing Pedro from Barcelona, says the Mail. The paper say Chelsea will recruit one more player this summer transfer season but it won’t be Pedro.

This is some news to Mail readers who in recent days have been told that Pedro to Chelsea is very much on:

July 12: “Chelsea to make £22m move for Barcelona star Pedro”

July 14:  “Chelsea are reportedly close to signing Barcelona forward Pedro”

July 17: “Liverpool are ready to challenge Chelsea for the signing of Barcelona star Pedro”

 Sky Sports quotes Jose Mourinho:

“I have five wingers, if I lose one maybe I am interested in another but at this moment I have balance and quality and numbers. I am looking for a defender to finish this balance in our squad and after that we are ready to answer anything that can happen to our players.”

Meanwhile, the Mirror says Pedro is off to join a Manchester United.

Which will upset Arsenal, who, The Independent told readers, have met with the player’s agent.

Such are the facts.

Posted: 20th, July 2015 | In: Chelsea, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United: Robin Van Persie celebrates Ferguson, loves Arsenal’s Wenger but questions Van Gaal’s honesty

Fresh from Manchester United and welcomed to Fenerbahce by 18,000 delighted fans at Istanbul’s Sukru Saracoglu stadium, Robin van Persie tells the Sunday Times:

 “I had other options [in Italy and Spain] but that’s why I chose Turkey. Football has to be fun. That’s my aim, to go back to that childhood love of the game.”

RVP loves to talk about his inner child. When he left Arsenal for a lot more money at United – he became United’s highest earner on £240,000 a week –  the Dutchman opined:

“I always listen to the little boy inside of me in these situations – when you have to make the harder decisions in life. What does he want? That boy was screaming for Man United.”

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Posted: 19th, July 2015 | In: Arsenal, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United: Angel di Maria agrees terms with PSG

Farewell, then, Angel Di Maria. The Times say the Argentine will leave Manchester United for Paris Saint-Germain. The paper says Di Maria has agreed personal terms with the French champions.

A mere 11 months since Di Maria became British football’s record signing –  €75m (then £59.7m) and a basic annual salary of £11.96m – he’s off.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal was the man who wanted Di Maria. And the Times says Van Gaal was the also the man who ruined him:

Privately, Di Maria blamed Van Gaal for removing the confidence with which he arrived in England following a man-of-the-match performance in the 2014 Champions League final and his integral role for Argentina at the World Cup.

The Mail says “Angel di Maria will have to formally ask Manchester United for a transfer if he wants to leave Old Trafford.”

Submitting a transfer request is always the modern player’s last resort simply because it waives any right to a financial pay off.

But it’s not all about the money for Di Maria, the poor, hyperactive kid who became a star. He wants to play.

James Ducker wonders why he hasn’t:

In Di María’s defence, he seems to have been one of the most high-profile victims of Van Gaal’s exacting demands, in particular the manager’s wish that players should not play intuitively, an approach that has invited accusations that the Dutchman hinders his most creative talents by coaching the flair out of the team.

It is easy to miss, but it has not been uncommon this season to see a rather uneasy Di María regularly glancing over to the dugout during matches, almost out of fear that he might be doing something out of turn. The sight of Britain’s most expensive footballer, at £59.7 million, appearing to second-guess himself in this way is a little disconcerting.

For the huge sums United spent, fans were entitled to expect brilliance. Di María provided it in flashes. But he never settled. How much of that disappointment can be laid at Van Gaal’s door remains to be seen.

Posted: 18th, July 2015 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Manchester United offer £22m for Pedro who agreed Chelsea deal after joining Arsenal

Manchester United are to offer Barcelona £20m for their spare-part forward Pedro.

The Sun says Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool are also after the 27 year old, whose record reads 98 goals in 318 appearances for the Catalans.

But the Times says Man United are leading the chase and have prepared to trigger the player’s £22million buy-out clause in his new contract.

“It’s true I have received important offers,” says Pedro. “My situation is complicated because I want to play a lot of minutes, but that is becoming very difficult at Barcelona.”

Complicated’s right. With so many clubs apparently after Pedro, the utter balls flow freely.

On July 15, the Star’s Paul Brown said Chelsea would sign Pedro “next week”:

 

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The Star reported that Chelsea have met Pedro’s £22m release clause, adding:

Liverpool and Inter Milan were also interested in Pedro, but they are set to miss out as Chelsea are his preferred option.

The Week agrees, stating:

The 27-year-old has agreed to join Chelsea where he’s been told he’ll have more opportunities to showcase his talents.

But just yesterday the Express noted:

The Blues were thought to be closing in on a move for Barcelona ace Pedro, but reports in Spain suggest Mourinho is not prepared to meet his £22m release clause.

Chelsea have and have not bid £22m for Pedro?

The Mail says Liverpool will make an offer.

And it was back in May the Metro announced that Pedro wanted to play for Arsenal and the Gunners would bid £26m for him.

Such are the facts.

Posted: 18th, July 2015 | In: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Bayern Munich’s Arturo Vidal agrees to join Arsenal for less than he agreed to join Manchester United

Transfer Balls picks up the news that Juventus have sold Arturo Vidal to Bayern Munich for £28m.

The Guardian relays news emerging in the German Press:

Juventus’ Arturo Vidal set to seal £28m move to Bayern Munich

That’s the Guardian that told readers on May 25 2015:

Football transfer rumours: Arsenal to sign Juventus’ Arturo Vidal

The fee to bring Vidal to Arsenal was said to be £25m.

Indeed on June 28, the Mail reports that Vidal was now a Gunner although the fee was a reduced £21m. The Metro said Vidal would earn £96,000 a week at Arsenal.

Over in the Express, on July 4 2015, reader were told that Vidal had “agreed” to join Real Madrid.

All incredibly stuff to Independent readers who had been told in 20014 that Vidal had agreed a £182,000-a-week with Manchester United.

Such are the facts.

Posted: 17th, July 2015 | In: Arsenal, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United get shot of Jonny Evans to Everton

Manchester United are to sell Jonny Evans to Everton. Why Everton want Evans is debatable. The Manchester Evening News says Evans “helped Carlton Cole resemble Pele and was bullied by the might of MK Dons.”

Of course, the Northern Irishman who graduated from United’s academy is a good player. The problem is that he’s not much of a defender.

Talks have been ongoing since the end of last season, when Evans was told he could leave Old Trafford. United want £10 million for Evans now in the final year of his contract.

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Posted: 17th, July 2015 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United: Angel Di Maria ‘agrees’ to join PSG for £42m

Angel Di Maria has an “agreement in principle” to quit Old Trafford and join Paris Saint-Germain. Well, so says L’Equipe.

Le Parisien goes further and says PSG have agreed to sign Di Maria for £42 million.

On 25 July, Man United face PSG in Chicago. United gave Di Maria an extended holiday until 25 July following his performances in the Copa America.

It looks like the £60m man has played his last match for United.

Posted: 16th, July 2015 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Aston Villa’s Benteke ‘agrees’ to join Liverpool and Manchester United

Transfer Balls: A look at Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke in the news. These stories are all from today’s media:

The Sun: Benteke is on his way to Manchester United. The Red Devils will pay £32.5m offer for the 24-year-old.

Daily Mail: Benteke wants to play for Liverpool.

Metro: “Christian Benteke agrees deal to join Man United”

(On July 2, the Metro said Benteke had “rejected” Sours to join Liverpool.)

Talksport: “Reaction as Reds reportedly agree to sign Benteke for £32.5m”

Such are the facts.

Posted: 16th, July 2015 | In: Liverpool, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United: Louis Van Gaal sacks Victor Valdes who reacts ‘Come on your Reds’

The Sun says Victor Valdes is finished at Manchester United. Louis van Gaal made his views known at a Press conference in Seattle. Van Gaal is United’s manager. He is also that most rare of creatures: a Dutchman who doesn’t speak English better than the English. Was something lost in translation? Said Van Gaal:

“Valdes is not selected because he does not follow our philosophy. When that is the case, there is not a place for a player. Last season, he refused to play in the second team. If you do not play in the first team, our philosophy is to play in the second team and he did not do that.

“When you’re not willing to follow those principles, there is only one way and that is out.

“It is a pity because we have given him the opportunity to rehabilitate, gave him a contract and then he is fit to play.”

The BBC says Valdes will be sold.

But Valdes, who has a contract with United til next summer, seems happy to stay at Old Trafford, tweeting:

 

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The Manchester Evening News adds:

His agent Gines Carvajal insisted the 33-year-old intended to fight for his place at United – but Van Gaal has already decided that he will look for a new No1 if David de Gea signs for Real Madrid this summer.

Says Cavajal to Spain’s AS:

“I’ve been contacted by a series of individuals from Turkey to negotiate a move for Víctor,. But I haven’t spoken with the president of the Turkish club in question.

“I don’t know him. I have no plans to talk with them again as my player has no interest in a move to Antalyaspor. His only wishes are to remain at Manchester United and he has another year left on his contract.

“We don’t see any reason for him to leave the club. United are amongst the top two or three best teams in the world. Víctor is keen to fight for a place next season and wants to help the club as much as he can.”

Valdes arrived at Manchester United content with warming the bench. What changed? When Valdes signed, Van Gaal told us:

“I have said on many occasions that Manchester United will always be interested in the best players. Victor has remained very professional throughout his rehabilitation from injury and has been very impressive during his training sessions with the first team over the past weeks. He joins the club as the number two goalkeeper and is a great addition to the first team.”

Mentions of the second team were there none.

Posted: 16th, July 2015 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United Transfer Balls: Angel di Maria ‘agrees’ PSG deal and Edison Cavani ‘swap’

Transfer Balls: Manchester United are looking to sell Angel Di Maria.

The Times says Paris Saint-Germain will bid £45m for the Argentina winger who hates living in Manchester.

That’s far less than the British record £59.7 million fee United paid Real Madrid for Di Maria last summer.

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Posted: 15th, July 2015 | In: Manchester City, manchester united, News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Nicolas Otamendi will only play if Manchester United or Chelsea buy him

Transfer Balls spots Nicolas Otamendi. The Sun says he’s threatened to go on strike at Valencia in a bid to “force through a mega-bucks move to Manchester United”.

Is Otamendi really desperate to play for Man United?

The Daily Express expands the market to both big Manchester clubs:

Nicolas Otamendi set to choose between Man Utd and City as agent flies in for crunch talks

You might suppose the agent is flying into Manchester. He isn’t. The agent is flying into Valencia.

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Posted: 15th, July 2015 | In: Chelsea, Manchester City, manchester united, News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United: Van Persie was every bit as ruthless as Van Gaal

For all fans of the bigger Premier League clubs, the player who leaves for more money is anathema. Robin Van Persie will always be to Arsenal fans the disloyal, ungrateful arsehat who forced them to choke back vomit as he followed his “inner child”  and signed for Manchester United. To United fans, Van Persie is the star who gave them the title, a man of honour who shows everyone that when United call you answer ‘yes’, unless you’re Gareth Bale, Thomas Muller and anyone else who choses better pay over the ultimate honour.

But why did Van Perise leave Man United? Did his inner child turn suddenly dream of playing in a Turkish tax haven? Is RVP’s inner kid an accountant?

The Sun hears Van Persie creact to life ay Fenerbahce:

“Let me please add one more person to thank: I highly appreciate the work of Ed Woodward in this transfer. He was the man who was very classy in all this. A true gentleman. If you are listening or watching, thank you!”

 

Is that a dig at Louis Van Gaal’s, United’s current stop-gap manager?

“I could see it coming and could get used to the idea for quite a bit.”

So much for the Daily Mirror’s claim that Van Persie only knew he was leaving United last week.

But United fans must wonder where it went wrong. Instrumental in United’s last title win, and with ten goals in 25 Premier League starts in his last injury-hit season at Old Trafford, Van Perie is out.  “I believe,” said Van Gaal when managing Van Persie and Holland at the 2014 World Cup finals, “that Van Persie and Van Gaal share the same philosophy”.

They do: they are both ruthless in pursuit of personal glory.

 

Posted: 15th, July 2015 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Manchester United want £50m Arsenal fan Cavani who joined Juventus for £22m

Transfer balls: Manchester United are after Edinson Cavani, a players often linked with Arsenal and Liverpool.

The Sun:

United are in talks with Paris Saint-Germain over the £50million-rated striker but the French giants will not sell unless Angel Di Maria is part of the deal.

Adding on Di Maria:

United’s £59.7m British record buy is undecided on his future.

The Mirror says Cavani is now United’s prime target. But the prime target seems to be for a way to get shot of Di Maria.

Talk on Cavani can be taken with a dose of salt. In May the Mirror was telling its readers Cavani had agreed to join Juventus for £22m but would only be allowed to leave if  PSG could hold onto Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

How is the same player now rated at £50m? Are Manchester United now forced to pay huge premiums to get players?

The Metro added that “Arsenal are clear to sign Edinson Cavani”. And the Express said Cavani “is keen on a move to Arsenal”.

Such are the facts.

 

Posted: 14th, July 2015 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Watch Robin Van Persie’s inner child cry for Manchester United

When Robin Van Persie was asked whey he was leaving Arsenal for £240,000 a week at Manchester United, the Dutch footballer replied:

“I always listen to the little boy inside of me in these situations – when you have to make the harder decisions in life. What does he want? That boy was screaming for Man United.”

Two years alter and Van Persie is out of Manchester United. He’s listened to that child again, and this time’s it’s told him to collected in excess of £200,000 a week to play for Fenerbahce.

That inner child places a high value on pocket money.

But is the child happy? Let’s take a look:

 

 

No really a video of RVP’s inner child, of course. This is Louis Diamond, “a life-long Manchester United fan”, reacting to news that Van Persie is leaving Man United.

Posted: 14th, July 2015 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: why ‘betrayed’ Robin Van Persie left Manchester United to earn a fortune in Turkey

Transfer Balls: Robin Van Persie is leaving Manchester United. The Mirror says the former Arsenal skipper is heading to Fenerbahce in a £4.7million deal “after being ordered by Van Gaal to train on his own”.

Robin van Persie will leave Manchester United feeling he has been betrayed by Louis van Gaal.

Betrayed?

The Dutch striker is joining Fenerbahce in a £4.7million deal after being ordered by Van Gaal to train on his own while the rest of his Old Trafford team-mates took part in a full-scale practise match at Carrington on Tuesday.

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Posted: 12th, July 2015 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer balls: Manchester United will sign Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke unless Liverpool pay up

Transfer balls: Manchester United have joined Liverpool in the hunt United move for Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke. Well, so says one newspaper.

The Sun shouts that “CHRISTIAN BENTEKE is next on Louis van Gaal’s hitlist” because “Manchester United’s boss has made signing a top striker a priority.

Is Benteke a top striker?

The Birmingham Mail announces:

Stats that reveal why losing Christian Benteke would not be the end of the world

So why do Man United want him if, as the Brum Mail says, Charlie Austin’s the better player?

In any case, the Guardian told us on July 6 that Liverpool had agreed to sign Benteke:

So expect all hell to break loose this week as Christian Benteke, with his £32.5m release clause dynamically, explosively and apocalyptically triggered by Liverpool, leaves Aston Villa for a journey of mind and body under Brendan Rodgers, who will apparently make the Belgian his seventh summer signing.

The Daily Express agreed:

 

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But they were pipped to the news by TalkSport’s man in the know, who stated on July 1:

“I expect him to sign if not today then certainly in the not too distant future. Liverpool have done their work and have sealed a deal [with Aston Villa].”

But on July 4, the Mail said Liverpool had not triggered Benteke’s £32.5million buy-out clause.

Benteke remains of interest but there has been no dialogue with Villa or bid and that is likely to remain the case unless the Midlands club show a willingness to reduce their valuation.

And, apparently, now Manchester United want the Belgian. Liverpool had best find the money to secure the player or risk losing him to their big rivals. Well, so says the Sun in a story with not a single source. Wonder what Benteke’s agent makes of it all?

No words from Benteke. But Man United and Liverpool fans might care to know what he said before:

“I’m not afraid of making enemies at Villa by saying I love Arsenal… When I joined Villa I didn’t know where they played. I thought they were a London club!”

Such are the facts…

Posted: 12th, July 2015 | In: Liverpool, manchester united, News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0