A few weeks ago Manchester United offered Victor Valdes the chance to recover from his anterior cruciate knee ligament injury by training in the facilities of the Premier League club. The Spanish goalkeeper is a free agent and he was linked with a move to Liverpool but the head coach of Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers shut down those claims and rumors as the manager stated that he doesn’t have any plans of including Valdes in his Liverpool squad.
Now the future of Victor Valdes is cloudy as Valdes has not received any official offers from a top European club and there were rumors of Louis van Gaal being interested in signing him on a free deal and this could be why the Dutchman offered Valdes the chance to fully recover from his latest injuries in the training facilities of Manchester United but if you take into consideration that Louis van Gaal already has at his disposal David de Gea, it does not sound realistic at all that Valdes would replace David de Gea who has been making splendid performances in every match.
David de Gea even attracted the attention of Real Madrid as the Spanish club is willing to offer Manchester United a substantially high offer in order to bring David de Gea to Real Madrid but the goalkeeper said that he is happy playing with Manchester United and does not have any plans of leaving.
ThibautCourtois and David de Gea are 2 of the brightest goalkeepers and even at the age of 22 and 24 respectively they are already considered to be some of the best players in the world in world of goalkeepers and it would be immensely shocking and surprising if Manchester United are willing to sell their jewel to Real Madrid even if an astronomically high bid is offered, it just wouldn’t be the correct choice for Manchester United and especially considering the current situation they are in where the defence struggles and seems to be getting weakened more and more as each week and match passes on.
David Moyes is enjoying his first real break for more than a decade after being sacked by Manchester United before the summer. His 12 months at United were met with many unwanted records after the team slumped to a new lows every week. They finished the season outside the top four for the first time in almost 2 decades and this resulted in Moyes losing his job despite having signed up six-year contract at the time of the start. The former Everton boss has been seen enjoying his time out from the game with holidays at United States.
In his first major interview since leaving United, Moyes has said that the time out from the game has enabled him to take a different look at things. He also says that he is now ready to return to management. Unlike most of the British managers, the former Preston North End boss says that he is keen to look at jobs abroad as well. He has said that the prospect of managing in the Bundesliga or the Turkish league seems extremely exciting. Unsurprisingly, Moyes has been linked with jobs in the German and Turkish leagues over the last few weeks. The possibility of a vacant job at Inter Milan could also come up in the next few weeks if results do not improve for the Italian club.
“I’m ready to go. I’ve no time scale. I’m enjoying the break but I’m a football man and I want to work. I feel my best years are still ahead of me and I do feel I am still a young manager. I’ve lots to learn and lots I want to put into practice. I think I am better equipped to take over a job like Manchester United now than even when I did take over because I’ve had a chance to see what happens, what goes on,” said Moyes.
Adnan Januzaj has proven to be one of the bright names from the Manchester United youth academy since the days of David Beckham and Paul Scholes. The Belgian international may have joined the youth academy at Manchester only a few years ago, but there is undoubtedly a feeling that he is a home-grown player. Last season, the 18-year-old broke through into the United team and was a major influence. In fact, many would go as far as saying that the emergence of Januzaj was the only bright aspect of last season when they finished seventh in the table under David Moyes’ regime.
Aged just 19 years old, it was highly expected that the winger would kick on and become the next Ryan Giggs or David Beckham. Such expectations have not been realised in the opening weeks of the campaign after Januzaj has struggled to feature regularly for United. New manager Louis van Gaal has altered the system at United to a 3-5-2 formation. Even though the club are yet to play in a fluid manner, one would expect Januzaj to feature at some point in matches given his impact last season. However, this change information coupled with a raft of new signings like Angel di Maria and Luke Shaw who compete in his position have resulted in him making only four appearances, largely as a substitute, so far.
“Unfortunately, with the embarrassment of riches Manchester United have at the moment, he’s not first choice. He’s still young though and is learning the game. He needs games to bring out his potential. Last season was very poor for United, but he was probably the one shining light in a team which didn’t perform,” said Former Manchester United winger Keith Gillespie about the predicament faced by Januzaj. He fears that the Belgian may decide to leave Old Trafford if the situation persists.
The Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal has given hints that the club is thinking seriously about signing a class winger. The rumours suggest that the Real Madrid player Angel Di Maria might be the man for the Red Devils.
Di Maria is a possible candidate to warm the benches at Madrid in the 2014-15 Season. With James Rodriguez making his way to Bernabeu, there is very little chance that the Argentinean winger would be a regular in the Los Blancos outfit this summer if he stays there.
He was reported to be on the verge of taking a transfer to the French club Paris Saint-Germain a couple of weeks ago. But, unfortunately for him, PSG’s deal with Madrid was cancelled at the last moment with two clubs not agreeing on certain terms.
The cancellation of that deal has now given Manchester United the opportunity to go for Di Maria.
Talking to the reporters about the composition of his team yesterday, Van Gaal said, “Honestly speaking, we are lacking game changing wingers and thus, we will have to adopt a different style of play.”
“The teams having the likes of Ronaldo, Di Maria have that attacking width. There isn’t any such player in our squad”
When asked if he is looking for an impact winger then, the Dutchman gave a diplomatic answer. He said, “I am one of those managers who don’t try and make unnecessary signings. I will bring someone in only if I feel it’s necessary.”
Manchester United has made a total of 3 signings this summer i.e. Luke Shaw (from Southampton), Manja Milinkovic (from FK Vojvodina) and Ander Herrera (from Athletic Bilbao).
More than 50 million Pounds have been paid by the Red Devils for Shaw and Herrera, while, the transfer fee for Milinkovic is not known at this point of time.
Manchester United assistant manager Ryan Giggs retired as a footballer last season after a stellar career. He is the current record holder for the most number of appearances made by any player of Manchester United. He came close to making 1000 appearances in all competitions. During this period, he won every title with United including 13 lead trophies and two Champions League medals. He is regarded as one of the greatest players to have represented the club. Giggs brought an end to his reign as a footballer by not featuring in the last few matches despite being the interim manager.
In order to focus on his managerial career, Giggs announced his retirement. That have been suggestions that United have been considering retiring the number 11 jersey worn by the 41-year-old. This tradition has been followed by some of the top clubs as an appreciation for the club’s long serving players. Some of the famous names who have had their shirt numbers retired include Diego Maradona at Napoli. Giggs, though, has stated that he does not want such special appreciation. He has called on for the club to continue offering the number 11 jerseys to players should they be willing to choose it.
Over the years, United have had several great players including George Best and Eric Cantona. “There are obviously special cases but it just depends on the club, really. I don’t think it’s for United, where they constantly churn over great players. I haven’t thought about who will take over the No.11 shirt – that’s a good question. They’re under pressure, aren’t they? I look forward to seeing who takes it and wish them all the best,” said Giggs. Currently, the number 11 shirt is vacant, but given the way United have been signing players in the last few weeks, it could soon be filled.