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Rafael Injured Again

Rafael_Man_UtdRafael has left Manchester United‘s tour of the United States because of a groin injury, the club have confirmed.

The Brazilian right-back missed Saturday’s 3-2 win over Roma and United do not believe he will be fit enough to feature in their remaining preseason games in the U.S.

Rafael, who had figured as a substitute in the 7-0 win over LA Galaxy, also missed chunks of last season with thigh and groin injuries, a worrying trend for the fullback.

The departure go Rafael leaves United short of proven defenders and in LVG’s 3-4-1-2 formation, wingers Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young were used at right wing-back against Roma.


mufc-tour-2014Louis van Gaal was not completely satisfied with his Manchester United team’s performance in the 3-2 win over Roma, which he attributed to the playing conditions in mile-high Denver.
The Reds claimed three points in the opening game of the pre-season International Champions Cup at the Sports Authority Field, thanks to goals from Wayne Rooney (2) and Juan Mata.

Van Gaal made 10 changes in the second half and the Reds’ performance became gradually more disjointed, as Roma rallied through goals from Miralem Pjanic and Francesco Totti.

The Reds held out but van Gaal cut a disgruntled figure afterwards, bemoaning the heat, altitude and 14:00 kick-off time.


Rooney inspires Man Utd win over Roma

mufc-tour-2014Wayne Rooney inspired Manchester United to a 3-2 win over AS Roma in the first match of the pre-season International Champions Cup tournament at Sports Authority Field, Denver. The England striker scored twice and set up a third for Juan Mata as United went in at the break 3-0 up.

United manager Louis van Gaal made nine changes at the interval and Roma scored twice in the second half, with Miralem Pjanic netting a wonder goal that embarrassed United goalkeeper Ben Amos, and Francesco Totti converting from the penalty spot with four minutes remaining.


Luke-Shaw_MUFCManchester United fans can expect further new signings in the coming weeks, executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has assured them.

New boss Louis van Gaal has already spent £56m on defender Luke Shaw and midfielder Ander Herrera.
And Woodward promised there would be no repeat of last summer’s disappointments in the transfer window.

“There is a lot of work going on behind the scenes,” Woodward told MUTV. “Watch this space.”

“There is no fixed budget,” he said. “Financially we are extremely strong.


Louis van Gaal: United ‘Not Balanced’

lvg-welcomeNew Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal believes his squad is imbalanced, despite beating American side LA Galaxy 7-0 in his first game in charge.

However Van Gaal says his squad has too many playmakers, operating in a free role behind the main striker.

“We have four number 10s, so it is not balanced in my eyes,” said Van Gaal.

With Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Shinji Kagawa all playing some part at the Rose Bowl, Van Gaal decided to use the 3-4-3 formation that proved so successful when he was in charge of the Netherlands and guided them to the World Cup semi-finals.


Herrera And James Star In United Win

mufcvgalaxyThe Louis van Gaal era got off to an impressive start for Man United as they put seven goals past LA Galaxy in front of 86,000 people at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

Danny Welbeck opened United’s account after just 13 minutes and Wayne Rooney scored twice before coming off at half time. Ashley Young and debutant defender Reece James both netted twice as United ran riot in the second half.


Chicharito To Join United Tour Next Week

More than a few eyebrows where raised last week when Manchester United released the names of the players who travelled to the US last week.

Hernandez is arguably the most famous United player in America, but it looks like Hernandez will be joining his teammates in Los Angeles next week:


Hernandez made just six Premier League starts last season at United under David Moyes and Ryan Giggs, and has to be hoping that impressive preseason will catch the eye of Louis van Gaal and would lead to bigger and better things. His lack of playing time at Old Trafford cost him his starting role in the Mexico side at this summers World Cup and he wants to play on a regular basis. Something that is unlikely to happen at United


Carrick Out For Three Months

Manchester United‘s Michael Carrick will be out for put to 12 weeks after getting injured in preseason training.

The club tweeted: “Michael Carrick has had surgery this morning on his left ankle ligaments and will be out for 10-12 weeks.”

Carrick’s absence was confirmed on the day that Louis van Gaal was unveiled as the new Manchester United manager.

The Dutchman did not give details of the injury when he faced the media for the first time on Thursday.

But, when asked about captaincy contenders and revealing Carrick’s injury, Van Gaal said:


lvg-welcomeLouis van Gaal was officially introduced as Manchester United’s new manager on Thursday and immediately and immediately made United fans happy when he said:

“Nicky Butt is already assisting us, Paul Scholes we will find a role for and also Phil Neville I believe.”

The Dutch manager Van Gaal also insisted that now he has arrived at Old Trafford, the club will once again be the top side in England:

“I have worked for Barcelona, No.1 in Spain. I have worked for Ajax, No.1 in Netherlands. I have worked at Bayern, No.1 in Germany”


mufc-tour-2014The early World Cup exits for Spain and England will have a positive impact for Man United fans in the US and Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata are David De Gea will be arriving in the US this week as United begins its US preseason tour under new boss Louis van Gaal.

Also coming to America are new signings Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw, and assistant manager Ryan Giggs likes the strength of the squad that United are bringing over.