David De Gea has spent the last two weeks languishing in the Old Trafford stands as Manchester United continue to play hardball with Real Madrid, but the goalkeeper’s long wait for a move could finally be over soon.
The Mirror reports that De Gea’s camp are “increasingly confident” that a deal will be struck before the summer transfer window closes on Tuesday Sept. 1, and that a £30 million switch to Madrid could even be finalised by Monday. The Daily Mail says United want £33m, but are keen to avoid the Spaniard becoming a tetchy distraction on the sidelines this season.
Armed with the riches of Champions League football, plus the bonus payment from ADIDAS for reaching the group stages, Ed Woodward is determined to spend some of the money during this transfer window.
According to Italian outlet Tuttomercatoweb.com United have made an offer of €40m plus bonuses for Lazio’s the 22-year-old Brazilian attacking midfielder Felipe Anderson.
Lazio just took a huge financial hit by failing to make the Champions League group stages by losing to Bayer Leverkusen earlier this week and €40m might be too much for them to turn down.
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Manchester United’s return to Champions League action will see a high-profile reunion in Holland for Memphis Depay, and trips out to Germany and Russia to rekindle memories of 2009-10.
Lowdown on Man Utd’s opponents
PSV: Dutch champions and Memphis Depay’s former club.
“It is a very tough draw, but also great to play against Manchester United and to meet Louis van Gaal and, of course, Memphis Depay again,” said PSV boss Phillip Cocu.
CSKA Moscow: Beat Sporting Lisbon in a play-off to qualify and finished second to Zenit in the Russian Premier League last season.
Wayne Rooney fired Manchester United into the Champions League with a hat-trick and then claimed he never doubted he would find his scoring touch again.
Rooney’s 878-minute goal drought came to an end on Wednesday night as he scored three impressive goals in United’s 4-0 win over Club Brugge.
The result meant United progressed to the group stages with a 7-1 aggregate win and no member of the travelling squad was happier than Rooney after the final whistle.
The United captain maintained he never lost faith in his abilities during his dry patch. He told BT Sport:
The weather forecasters were almost right, but rather than the predicted torrential downpour, it was ultimately raining goals in Bruges, with Wayne Rooney ending his personal drought with three of them to emphatically confirm Manchester United’s return to the Champions League.
Rooney had barely come close to scoring since his last strike in a United shirt, back in April against Aston Villa, but the 29-year-old silenced his doubters with his first Champions League hat-trick since his Old Trafford debut against Fenerbahce in September 2004.
Louis van Gaal has admitted that his Manchester United team are currently at their best when they don’t have the ball.
The United manager is preparing for what he believes is the most important game of his Old Trafford tenure as his team look to progress to the group stages of the Champions League against Club Bruges on Wednesday night.
Having won the first leg 3-1 last week, United are heavy favourites to go through against opponents missing as many as eight regular first team players.
Manchester United have been drawn against Ipswich Town at Old Trafford in the Third round of the League Cup. United’s most recent encounter with Ipswich was in 2002. Their record Premier League win came against Ipswich in 1995.
The match will be played in the week commencing 21st September.
United have not win the league cup since the 2009/10 season and last season say the Reds thumped 4-0 by MK Dons in one of the worst cup defeats in years.
Other notable draws include:
Aston Villa vs Birmingham
Tottenham vs Arsenal
Liverpool vs Carlisle
Sunderland vs City
Walsall vs Chelsea
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Juan Mata has issued warning to his teammate ahead of the crucial second-leg Champions League play-off against Club Brugge.
Louis van Gaal will take his men to Belgium for the return leg as the first leg at Old Trafford saw the Red Devils make a comeback to win the tie 3-1. Michael Carrick’s own goal gave Brugge an early lead before summer signing Memphis Depay’s brace put United in driving seat.
The Dutchman saw his side settle for a 0-0 draw against Newcastle United in the last league tie on Saturday. The lack of goals has cost United three points against the Magpies as they dominated the game with possession and had better stats than their opponents.
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Louis van Gaal feels that his Manchester United side do not need to sign a new striker, despite the club’s 0-0 draw against Newcastle.
Having started the season slowly in the attacking sense, Man United have been linked with a large number of forward players. However, the manager insists he is happy with the options he already has at the club.
With Wayne Rooney struggling in the central striker role, many United fans have been hoping the club will look to bring in some new blood and just two goals in their opening three league games this year shows the Reds definitely seem to be lacking in the striker department.
Manchester United were unable to stretch their winning run in the Premier League to three games, thanks to a resolute performance from Steve McClaren’s Newcastle side.
Wayne Rooney, yet to score this season, saw a third minute effort rued out for offside and Tim Krul was in inspired form as he made an excellent stop from substitute Javier Hernandez with ten minutes remaining, before Chris Smalling saw a commanding header bounce off the crossbar in stoppage time.
But Newcastle could have nicked all three points, as debutant Florian Thauvin was inches away from connecting to Papiss Cisse’s driven cross on a rare foray into United’s half in the final minutes.