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Januzaj Agent On His Future

Adnan-JanuzajAdnan Januzaj’s agent, Dirk de Vriese, has revealed that the player is keen to stay at Manchester United, despite a lack of playing time so far this season.

The 19-year-old has struggled to break into Louis van Gaal’s side this season following the arrival of £59.7m signing Angel di Maria in the summer transfer window.

Januzaj, who signed a five-year deal with United in October 2013, has been linked with cash-rich Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain in recent weeks.

But the Red Devils star’s agent De Vriese reiterated that Januzaj is happy to stay at United and prove his worth the new manager in the coming months.

“We want to stay,” he said. “Adnan wants to gain experience in England as a number 10. He doesn’t fear the competition. Just like anyone else he wants to play but he will wait for his opportunity. He is a super professional and he is still motivated, even when he has to play for the Under-21s,” he said. We’re not angry. We know the club is very happy with him and they want to keep Adnan for the rest of his career at Old Trafford.”


Has United Signed Dani Alves Already?

Dani-AlvesAccording to respected agent Francois Gallardo, Barcelona right-back Dani Alves has already agreed terms on a move to Manchester United.

Alves, who has been strongly linked with an exit from Barca, had reportedly set his heart on a switch to the Premier League, with Chelsea leading the race for his signature.

But now agent Gallardo has revealed that United have now stormed in and agreed to sign the Brazilian, with a contract already being thrashed out.

‘The player will leave Barcelona,’ said Gallardo.

‘He has signed a preliminary agreement with Manchester United.’

While Alves could move in the January transfer market, is all likelihood he will join United next summer.


Van Gaal Wants United Stars To Play In U-21 Championship

lvg-newReally interesting comments from Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal about his young English stars playing in the European Under 21 Championships this summer.

The Manchester United boss wants Luke Shaw, Phil Jones and other United youngsters to be picked in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the finals in the Czech Republic at the end of the season believing it will help further their careers.

‘That tournament is a very good education and I said that as the coach of the Dutch national team as well,’ said Van Gaal.

My defenders at the World Cup (who reached the semi-finals) Stefan de Vrij, Bruno Martins Indi, Daley Blind had all played in the European Under 21 championship. It’s a good experience not many players have.’

Van Gaal has a different take on this type of competitions due to his national team experience. That puts him at odds with fellow Premier League bosses like Roberto Martinez and Arsene Wenger who don’t want their young stars to play.

Following England’s qualification last week for the finals, Martinez questioned why England should call up his young star at Everton Ross Barkley for the tournament while Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has regularly opposed full internationals like Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere dropping back into the u-21s.

Van Gaal has five United players in contention for the finals; Shaw who played in the play-off win against Croatia, Jones, brothers Michael and Will Keane, and Tyler Blackett and the United boss doesn’t see any problem with young players extending their season.

‘I don’t think it is even a question or worth having a discussion. But that’s my view because I think all the players want to play.

‘For me as a trainer-coach of a club, I am very happy that Shaw is playing with the Under 21s. He played for the Under 21s while (Adnan) Januzaj was on the bench for the Belgium senior team. That is not a benefit for him, it was a two-week holiday.

‘He would have been better at the Under 21s. I think youngsters have to play. When they are free, they need to play. Shaw was also happy to be with the Under 21s as he needs match rhythm.

‘So it was good for everyone – the national Under 21 team, for me and for Luke.’

If more Premier League manager follow LVG’s lead that would be huge boost for Southgate who went to the last Under 21s final under Stuart Pearce in Israel without 17 eligible players and failed to qualify from their group.

Shaw went to the last World Cup in Hodgson’s squad but would happily play for the junior team to try and help England win their first under-21s title since 1984.

Raheem Sterling, Wilshere, Jones, John Stones, Ross Barkley and Oxlade-Chamberlain are also young enough to be eligible but van Gaal accepts you shouldn’t force individual players to go if they themselves think they are fatigued.

‘Not every player is the same and I, as a manager, have to know that. Some players are too tired to play so the managers and the medical departments or the club and federation have to communicate better,’ he said.


Falcao-scoresAnder Herrera believes that Manchester United might have the world’s three best forwards in Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao.

The Spaniard, who joined United from Athletic Bilbao for 28.8 million pounds in June, is impressed with the firepower at manager Louis van Gaal’s disposal.

Captain Rooney is the third highest scorer in United’s history with 219 goals, 30 behind record holder Sir Bobby Charlton, and is also likely to end his career as England’s most prolific marksman.

Van Persie, who is Netherlands’ 48-goal record scorer, won the Premier League Golden Boot in successive seasons and with different clubs between 2011 and 2013.

And Falcao, who has been borrowed from Monaco, has scored 156 goals in 204 games for his three European clubs and has commanded transfer and loan fees totalling in excess of 100 million euros.

Herrera, who has struck twice in his last three games, told Inside United:

“I want to try to score more goals. It’s very important for the midfielders. I like assists as well and I think we have maybe the best three strikers in the world here in Rooney, van Persie and Falcao.

“Juan [Mata], Angel [Di Maria], Adnan [Januzaj], Daley [Blind], Fletch [Darren Fletcher] and me are all going to help them try to score, and if I score of course I’ll be very happy.”

Herrera is currently sidelined by a cracked rib, with no date put on his comeback yet.

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Falcao Loving Life At Old Trafford

Falcao-scoresRadamel Falcao scored his first goal in English football and then spelled out his desire to remain at Manchester United beyond the end of the season.

Falcao started repaying some of the money United have invested in him by scoring the winner in Sunday’s 2-1 victory over Everton at Old Trafford.

The Colombian, who also cleared a Phil Jagielka off the line in the second half, is on loan from Monaco until the end of the season.

United will have to stump up £43million if they want to sign him permanently next summer and the Colombian hopes they do.

“Me and my family are happy here, and we would like to stay for many years at Manchester United,” Falcao told MUTV.

The former Porto striker made similar comments when he was first presented to the media last month, before making his debut in the 4-0 win over Queens Park Rangers on Sept. 14.

“I believe in this project,” he said at the time. “I think Manchester United is the best club for my style of play and I am sure about my decision. This project in the future will be great for us.”


Van Gaal fires warning to rivals

lvg-mufcLouis van Gaal has warned Manchester United’s rivals his side will only get better.

A 2-1 victory over Everton at Old Trafford on Sunday moved United into the top four for the first time since August last year.

David De Gea stopped Leighton Baines’ penalty and made three late saves to deny the visitors a point, and van Gaal afterwards admitted the performance was patchy.

But the United manager sounded an ominous note when he said:

“I’ve already told my players we aren’t playing good and we’ve already hit the top four, so what will happen when we’re playing well?

“I mean playing well for 90 minutes, because we’ve played well for half a game or 60 minutes.

“That needs time – I’m afraid to say it again, but you saw it. We need to improve the organisation because we were outstanding in the first half, but then we let them have so many chances.

“I made substitutions to help our organisation but despite my changes it was not better because in the last 15 minutes they created three big chances.

“David De Gea was fantastic today. When there are a lot of players in front of you your view is not so good as a goalkeeper.

“When the shot comes in from outside the box it is always at the last moment that you see the ball, but his reflexes are very good.”


Van Gaal hails De Gea heroics

DDG3Louis van Gaal was pleased to record back-to-back victories for the first time in the Barclays Premier League on Sunday against Everton, but he was as much thankful to goalkeeper David De Gea as he was to goalscorers Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao.

Di Maria gave United the lead in the first half, and while De Gea stopped Leighton Baines’ penalty just before the break, Steven Naismith equalised for the visitors in the second half. Falcao put United back in front with his first goal for the club, but it was left to De Gea again to make a string of key saves in the dying moments of the match.

Here’s what the boss had to say to MUTV after the game…

A game of two halves
“It was a very good first half, like against West Ham. We created a lot of chances but in the first half we only scored one goal from all those chances. Then we got a penalty given against us. Everton hadn’t created any chances until the last minute of the half, but fortunately De Gea stops the penalty. Then I thought the second half was easier to play against Everton because they wanted to equalise, so we had to keep the ball. But we couldn’t do that. I made substitutions to help our organisation but despite my changes it was not better because in the last 15 minutes they created three big chances.”

De Gea outstanding
“David De Gea was fantastic today. When there are a lot of players in front of you your view is not so good as a goalkeeper. When the shot comes in from outside the box it is always at the last moment that you see the ball, but his reflexes are very good.”

Falcao off the mark
“Yes, he needed that goal. I talked with him and I told him that he was forcing himself too much to score. He is a player who scores in every match, but here he has had to wait. Now he has [got his goal] it will be better after the international break.”

Di Maria impressing
“I have said in my press conference that he is a team player, that he gives a lot of assists and he is making a lot of goals. We also need balance in our team when we don’t have the ball. For that, we have to find the solution. He is doing great. He wants to do his work defensively, but the balance in our team in the second half has to improve. When we have the ball we have to keep the ball and we didn’t do that. So that’s why in the second half it was very difficult for the fans, for the players, for the substitutes, but also for the manager!”

Luke Shaw’s injury
“It was an impact on his knee and he has a dead [leg near his] knee. He could have made it worse so that is why he stepped out.”


Di Maria backing for de Gea

DDG2Man of the match Angel di Maria said his award should have gone to Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea after his side recorded back-to-back wins for the first time under Louis van Gaal with a 2-1 win over Everton.

Di Maria put United ahead midway through the first half as he fired home from Juan Mata’s cross for his third goal of the season.

But the Toffees had the chance to level matters at the break after Tony Hibbert was brought down by Luke Shaw on the stroke of half-time.

Leighton Baines stepped up to take the resulting penalty and aimed for the bottom left but was thwarted by De Gea, who made a big one-handed save.

Baines made up for his mistake 10 minutes into the second half as he picked out Steven Naismith with a pinpoint cross in the centre of the penalty box and the Scot headed home from close range with the equaliser.

The hosts were back in front just after the hour mark as Di Maria turned provider for fellow summer recruit Radamel Falcao, who slotted the ball past Tim Howard from six yards out to make it 2-1 with his first United goal.

De Gea did well to keep out a two late Leon Osman strikes, one from Gareth Barry and one fantastic effort from Bryan Oviedo as the hosts held on for the three points.

Di Maria told BT Sport 1:

“I think David is the guy the who deserves this reward rather than myself he saved us throughout the game and particularly towards the end and the penalty as well so not only him but the rest of the side deserve this.”

He also reserved praise for fellow newcomer Falcao and hopes the win is the start of things to come at Old Trafford, adding: ”

Yes, it’s great for him.

“He’s been looking for that first goal for a while now and he’s it’s very, very important for him now.

“I think not only him but ourselves are on the right road now and the main thing is we’re fighting for victories and fighting for points.

“We’ve got the three points for the day and hopefully we can now move further up the table.”

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DDG Sends United Into Top Four

DDG1Radamel Falcao scored his first goal in English football as Manchester United recorded back-to-back victories for the first time under Louis van Gaal. Falcao missed four good chances before he finally tucked a top poacher’s effort away in the 62nd minute to hand United a valuable 2-1 win over Everton at Old Trafford.

United dominated from start to finish and they deservedly took the lead through Angel Di Maria, who curled a tidy finish past Tim Howard in the first half. Everton were allowed back into the game when Luke Shaw lost Steven Naismith and the Scot responded by heading past David de Gea.

Despite being second best in every department, Everton will feel they should have taken a point from this game. De Gea kept United in it with two fine late saves from Leon Osman and Bryan Oviedo, and earlier in the game Everton missed a penalty.

Leighton Baines, who had scored 14 English Premier League penalties from 14 attempts before Sunday, saw his spot-kick saved by De Gea after Shaw had clumsily hacked down Tony Hibbert. Van Gaal will face tougher tests after the international break – Everton were ravaged by injuries and clearly tired after a 4,000-mile trip to Krasnodar for their UEFA Europa League game – but the United boss will be happy to have chalked up his third win, especially as it came without suspended captain Wayne Rooney.

The only negative for the Dutchman was that Shaw hobbled off in the second half with an injury. United’s play at the start had all the hallmarks of a typical Red Devils performance under former boss Sir Alex Ferguson. The hosts flew at Everton from the first whistle with some high-tempo play that was easy on the eye.

Tony Hibbert played just three minutes of Premier League football last year, but an injury to Seamus Coleman meant he was selected for his fourth successive game. The 33-year-old was given a torrid time as Di Maria and Shaw ran riot down the left. Shaw found Falcao with a perfect delivery in the fourth minute, but the Colombian mis-timed his header, which flew wide.

Di Maria then created a yard of space on the left wing and sent over another perfect cross, but Robin van Persie blazed over the bar. Kevin Friend issued the first of seven yellow cards when a frustrated Van Persie slid in on Gareth Barry. Falcao wasted a chance in front of goal soon after following a lovely move which included a majestic mid-air flick from Di Maria.

Marcos Rojo frayed a few nerves with a couple of risky passes, but otherwise United looked strong at the back thanks to a solid display from 19-year-old Paddy McNair. After applying heavy pressure, United finally broke the deadlock in the 27th minute. Phil Jagielka attempted to hook Rafael’s cross clear, but instead it landed at the feet of Juan Mata, who squared to Di Maria and he tucked the ball beyond Tim Howard with a curling right-footed shot.

Di Maria would have added a second straight away had Howard not saved his deflected free-kick with a superb diving save. Romelu Lukaku, isolated up front for Everton, took down Baines’ long pass on his chest but volleyed wide.

Shaw then put United’s good first-half work in jeopardy by clumsily bringing Hibbert down in the box from behind. Friend pointed to the spot, but Baines saw his impeccable record vanish before his eyes as De Gea flung his right arm out to push the penalty wide.

United pegged back
United continued to press after the restart, but they failed to add to their goal tally immediately. Falcao was the most guilty party. The on-loan Moncao hitman somehow failed to turn in Di Maria’s flat ball into the box and he then shinned Shaw’s cross wide from eight yards out.

Everton then stunned the home crowd with an equaliser. Baines made up for his penalty miss by swinging a deep cross towards Naismith, who powered his header past De Gea after peeling off his marker Shaw. Everton sensed blood and looked for a second. They almost got it when Jagielka headed Aiden McGeady’s cross goalwards, but Falcao cleared off the line.

Falcao then finally found the net at the other end to put United ahead. The Colombian timed his run inside the box to perfection and prodded in Di Maria’s mis-cued shot from close range.

United suffered a blow when Shaw hobbled off with an injury. Tyler Blackett came on in his place and Van Gaal also introduced James Wilson for Falcao, who received a standing ovation for his efforts. Osman broke through the United defence in the final minute, but once again De Gea rescued the hosts with a fine diving save.

The Spaniard denied Oviedo with another acrobatic save and the match ended on a bad note for Everton when John Stones was carried off on a stretcher with an injury.


Rooney Confident United Heading In Right Direction

rooney-newWayne Rooney insists the future is bright for Manchester United despite their inconsistent form under manager Louis van Gaal.

United throw away a 3-1 lead against Leicester at the weekend to lose 5-3 and they stand 12th in the Premier League after five matches, already eight points behind leaders Chelsea.

Expectations of a major improvement after last season’s seventh-placed finish have been formed on the basis of the appointment of the experienced Van Gaal and the recruitment of players including Angel Di Maria, Daley Blind, Radamel Falcao, Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera.

And Rooney is convinced the blossoming of the team will materialise, taking issue with those doubting United’s ability to respond to their current frustration.

Rooney wrote on his Facebook page:

“There seems to be a lot of people who have written us off because of Sunday’s result but I don’t see it that way.

“When I look around our dressing room and see the quality we have and the manager’s unbelievable attention to detail I have no doubts this team will be successful.”

Neville awaits reinforcements
Earlier, former United defender Phil Neville predicted this summer’s big spending would need to be repeated in future transfer windows before the club can again be seen as title contenders.

United have struggled in central defence this season as Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Jonny Evans battle for form and fitness and youngster Tyler Blackett seeks to establish himself. And Neville believes that is the biggest issue still to be addressed.

“I know United have spent £150 million,” Neville told BBC Radio 5 live. “I think there’s another two transfer windows of similar amounts of money needed – maybe £100 million – before they can even think about winning the title.

“There are still key positions in the team that need filling. I think the centre-back position is obviously the key area. Holding midfield or centre midfield needs addressing too. There were no world-class centre-backs out there (this summer). I think that’s why in the next two transfer windows, United might still be looking for that world-class defender.”

However, he backed England internationals Jones and Smalling to eventually prove their worth to the club.

“I am certain Chris Smalling will come good and I have full faith in Phil Jones as well,” Neville said. “They’ve bought of a lot of foreign players, you don’t get rid of your English spine.”

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