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Manchester United Balls: Klopp Replaces Van Gaal In May As Cuadrado And Vidal Arrive

by | 7th, September 2014

MANCHESTER United Balls: a glance at terrible media reporting on United.

The Daily Express’ Jamie Anderson has a triple whammy of news:

 Man Utd News: Klopp to succeed Van Gaal, Arturo Vidal transfer joy, Juan Cuadrado ignored

That headline in full.

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We’ll consider each part of the triple scoop in reverse order:

Was Juan Cuadrado “ignored”? Did he tap Louis Van Gaal on the shoulder, shout “Louis, over here, mate” and receive only the cold shoulder? No.

La Viola executive president Mario Cognini said: “The club always had a firm intention of keeping him. Fiorentina never wanted to sell him and, anyway, an official offer for the player was never made to us from any club.”

Manchester United never bid for him. They never bid for Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Alexis Sanchez. Or as Anderson would put it: “United ignored Ronaldo!”

The fact is that Manchester United did not bid for Cuadrado. Or as the Express told its readers:


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Next up in this triple-play of balls is Arturo Vidal:

Manchester United representatives will breath a sigh of relief after long-term transfer target Arturo Vidal suffered a recurrence of a knee injury. As insensitive as it sounds, United were reportedly willing to offer £40m to bring the Chilean to Old Trafford – money that could have been wasted if accepted by Juventus.

Or as Vidal puts it:

My knee is fine. Don’t believe the balls you read in the papers.


Lastly comes the scoop-tastic news that Klopp is on his way to Old Trafford.

The enigmatic German’s contract expires in the summer of 2018, and talks over an extension have yet to commence.

Yep. Klopp leaves Borussia Dortmund three years from now. Unless he agrees to stay for longer.

Of course any genuine effort to lure Klopp to Old Trafford would entirely depend on how Van Gaal’s tenure develops in the coming months. His predecessor David Moyes was given just ten months to make an impact in Manchester, and clearly shows United bosses aren’t afraid of a change in the hierarchy.

So. Van Gaal has eight months left to make Manchester United great or he’ll be sacked.

Klopp has long been admired for his brand of attacking and dynamic football, and is thought to want to manage in the Premier League one day.

Thought by whom? Anderson doesn’t bother to say.

Such are the facts…


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