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Is Xabi Alonso Heading To United?

Xabi-AlonsoAccording to the Daily Express Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso is being linked with a move to Old Trafford.

The 32-year-old Alonso is familiar with the Premier League after his spell with Liverpool, and he has spent the last five years in Madrid.

Alonso is available because the Madrid midfield is loaded with the likes of Toni Kroos, Sami Khedira, Asier Illarramendi and Luka Modric. With United seemingly unable to sign Arturo Vidal from Juventus, and Dutch midfielder Kevin Strootman out injured until at least December, Alonso could act as a stop gap measure until next summer when Strootman is fit.

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Marcos Rojo Deal Finally Done

old-traffordFinally there is some good news for Manchester United fans. The trusted and the reliable Gianluca Di Marzio website have confirmed that the Red Devils are finally set to acquire the services of World Cup star Marcos Rojo for €20m which will include Portuguese midfielder Nani’s return to his former club on a season long loan deal.

Howeber, the Portuguese Media outlet A Bola claims that it will not be Anderson and not Nani who is heading to Sporting on loan. Either way, Rojo is heading to Old Trafford.

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LVG Success Rests In The Hands Of Ed Woodward

lvg-woodwardWith less than two weeks left in the transfer market, another Manchester United manager is getting hung out to dry by Unted’s executive vice chairmanEd Woodward.

Last season David Moyes took a lot of heat for United’s laughable summer transfer activity, but as history is set to repeat itself, it is clear that the fault for United’s poor season last season rests with Woodward.

Woodward has been brilliant extracting maximum revenue from United’s corporate partners, selling the brand around the world. But as his third transfer window gets closer to closing he has yet to demonstrate that he can apply that negotiating savvy to a very different trading environment; the transfer market.

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NaniManchester United have held discussions with Sporting Lisbon about including Nani as a makeweight in their attempt to finally land Argentina defender Marcos Rojo.

After a row between Rojo’s agent and Sporting earlier this week, United are prepared to offload Nani on loan in return and pay most of his wages.

One sticking point of the deal, however, is that 27-year-old winger Nani is reluctant to return to his former club in Portugal.

With the Doyen agency owning 75 per cent of Rojo, Sporting were keen for any potential buyer to meet a release clause of £24million.

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Van Gaal: Expectations Are Too High

louis-van-gaalLouis van Gaal believes Manchester United‘s 2-1 home defeat by Swansea City in his first competitive game as manager accurately reflects the enormity of the task ahead of him. Saturday’s 2-1 loss at Old Trafford was the first time in Premier League history that the 20-time champions – who finished seventh last season – have lost an opening-day fixture at home.

A spate of injuries forced Van Gaal to hand competitive debuts to two academy graduates – Tyler Blackett and Jesse Lingard – and his three central defenders had an average age of 22. Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera made his competitive debut, but United’s only other close-season recruit, left-back Luke Shaw, is currently sidelined by a hamstring injury.

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Is Angel Di Maria Worth £100m?

di-maria-rmThe Daily Mail is reporting that Manchester United are prepared to commit as much as £100 million to their pursuit of Angel Di Maria as the ailing Barclays Premier League club try to beef up Louis van Gaal’s squad before the end of the summer transfer window.

United manager Van Gaal is desperate for world-class additions over the next two weeks and his mood was certainly not improved by Saturday’s opening 2-1 defeat to Swansea at Old Trafford.

The Dutch coach needs a central defender and a holding midfield player but has also told United chief executive Ed Woodward to do all he can to bring winger Di Maria to the club from Real Madrid.

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Bird Craps In Ashley Young’s Mouth

Ashley Young hasn’t been the luckiest of players at Manchester United and that doesn’t look set to change any time soon.

The winger appeared to have swallowed something from a great height during the first half of the Red Devils’ Premier League opener with Swansea City.

As Young was shouting to his United team mates in the opening minutes at Old Trafford, a white object was seen dropping into his mouth.

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LVG Takes Blame For United Defeat

louis-van-gaalManchester United manager Louis van Gaal has accepted full responsibility for his side failing to play as a team after they slipped to a 2-1 defeat at home against Swansea City in their Premier League opener.

The Dutchman saw his three at the back system instantly look vulnerable in the early stages at Old Trafford and Swansea took the lead when midfielder Ki Sung-yeung steered home a well-placed shot from 20 yards out.

Swansea maintained their lead until the break, when Van Gaal switched his tactics and played four at the back.

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LVG and GiggsNew manager, same problems.

Louis van Gaal’s reign as Manchester United boss began with a shocking defeat by Swansea that brought back memories of last year’s dismal campaign at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils fell behind to Ki Sung-yueng’s precise 20-yard shot, before skipper Wayne Rooney levelled with a close-range volley from a corner.

Juan Mata’s corner was helped on at the near post by Phil Jones and newly-appointed captain Rooney’s overhead kick from close range flew into the net.

Playing in front of their own fans in the season opener, United had more of the ball but failed to deal with Jefferson Montero’s cross, allowing Gylfi Sigurdsson to tap in.

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Squad Numbers Announced

JuanMataUnited have released the club’s shirt numbers for the 2014/15 Barclays Premier League season and there are a couple of interesting ones.

Luke Shaw will wear the no.3 jersey indicating that he will be a mainstay in the United team this season while Ander Herrera will wear 21. Adnan Januzaj has changed numbers as he will wear the no.11 shirt that Ryan Giggs famously made his own during his illustrious Reds career. I am really interested to see how Januzaj does in LVG’ wingback system.

Rumor has it that LVG asked Robin van Persie to take the number nine shirt, but RVP stuck with his preferred No. 20 shirt.

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