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Manchester United record signing Angel di Maria has revealed that former United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo played a huge role in convincing him to move to Old Trafford in the summer. The Argentine signed for the Premier League outfit in a £ 59.7 million deal that also made him the British transfer record holder. He eclipsed Fernando Torres’ £ 50 million move to Chelsea a few years ago. Unlike Torres, di Maria has been a revelation in the league so far. He has already contributed several goals and assists for his new team and this has helped them regain their footing.
United went several matches without a win under new manager Louis van Gaal before the goals and assists from di Maria helped them move into the top four of the table. The presence of di Maria has had such an impact that former club record signing Juan Mata, who moved to the club only last January, has been on the bench more often than not in the last few weeks. The real test for United welcome in the coming weeks when they take on Manchester City and Chelsea. For the moment, di Maria is getting all the applause and he has thanked Ronaldo for convincing him to move to Old Trafford.
Ronaldo himself has spoken about returning to United in the near future. “Before we knew I was coming to Manchester, he told me it’s a massive club, I would be very happy here and it would be good for me. At that time we didn’t know for sure that I was coming or not so we didn’t go into great detail but what he did say helped me greatly to make my decision. It is a source of motivation. When you wear a shirt that’s been worn by the likes of David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo, it’s something you’re always going to be pleased about,” said Di Maria.
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Former Chelsea winger Arjen Robben believes that Louis van Gaal has all the abilities to be a huge success at Manchester United. The Dutchman recently took over from David Moyes as the new manager of the Premier League outfit and he has already made significant changes to the playing squad. The club has invested more than £ 150 million on several new players including British transfer record signing Angel di Maria. They recently got the first win of the season after a 4-0 thrashing of QPR at Old Trafford.
Prior to this victory, Louis van Gaal went four matches without a win and this raised suspicions that the Dutchman was not set for United. Those suggestions have been dismissed by Robben, who has played for Van Gaal at both club and international level. Van Gaal was the manager who brought him to Bayern Munich where he has had a hugely successful time by winning trophies like the Champions League and the Club World Cup. It is widely regarded that Robben and Robin van Persie are some of the close aides of Van Gaal at international level.
United will not be taking part in this season’s Champions League, but ahead of their own European campaign Robben says that United will be immensely successful under their new manager. “I haven’t spoken to him recently but I was very happy for him that he won the game against QPR. Hopefully now he can show that he will do very well but he needs time. I know how it works – if you are not winning, you get the pressure but the management at United know what sort of coach they have got and I am very confident he will be successful there. I have known him for a very long time,” said Robben.
Napoli seems to have dropped the idea of signing the Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini on loan and they are now interested in the Reds’ player Lucas Leiva.
Napoli had been very keen to land Fellaini in Spain, but, United is believed to have demanded too much money from them as loan fee and that’s why, they have now turned to Liverpool for Leiva.
Leiva had worked alongside Rafa Benitez when the latter was in charge at Anfield and he would not mind getting united with his former boss again considering his situation at Liverpool at the moment. He is not one of the first choices in the Reds squad for the holding role in the midfield.
Talking to the press about Fellaini a few days ago, Benitez had said, “It’s the Manchester United people who have to make any decision regarding Fellaini’s loan because the player belongs to them. It’s not up to us.”
“He obviously has great playmaking abilities and that’s why, he is so highly rated, but, he’s a player of other club. We need to be patient about this and let them decide.”
Fellaini had arrived at Old Trafford last year from Goodison Park. An amount close to 30 million Pounds was spent on him by the Red Devils, but, the output was not encouraging as the Belgian youngster couldn’t find the net in his entire debut season. He featured in 20 odd games, but, looked largely disappointing.
Louis Van Gaal, the new Manchester United boss, is said to be not that interested in keeping Fellaini at Old Trafford this summer.
Napoli was actually not such a bad club to play on loan for Fellaini. He’d have got the opportunity to play the European Cup football as well there.
Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has claimed that new manager Louis van Gaal will thoroughly enjoyed his time at the club. Manchester United appointed the Dutchman’s replacement for David Moyes, who was sacked after just 10 months in charge of the club. Van Gaal will be having a major rebuilding job in his hands after United finished in a disappointing seventh last season. Even though they will be without any form of European football in the new Premier League season, they have been able to make significant additions to the squad with the likes of Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera coming to the club for more than £ 50 million.
In order to assist the new manager, Giggs will be taking up the role as the assistant manager. He was a favourite to take over the reins from David Moyes on a permanent basis, but Giggs is thought to have been exhibited about the prospect of learning from van Gaal. He says that the 62-year-old, who will be coming straight after the World Cup 2014 ends, will surely take United to the top of the table once again. Expectations are already high after Netherlands have done extremely well under Van Gaal at the World Cup.
United are expected to sign a couple more players in the next few weeks. “I got a taste in the dugout last season and I’m looking forward to working with Louis. He won’t be afraid of taking over at Manchester United. He’ll relish it. He has a clear philosophy and he sticks to that. He’s been at huge clubs, but in my view this is the biggest. It’s tough to win the league but that’s why we’ll try to do,” said the United assistant manager.
Netherlands went out of the World Cup at the semifinals after a penalty shootout loss at the hands of Argentina.
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Former Manchester United coach David Moyes has stated that he wants to manage a club in the Champions League once again. Moyes was sacked as the manager of Manchester United after just 10 months in charge of the club. During this time, he was unable to cope with the requirements of the job. United finished the season in a disappointing seventh place and it largely a result of the poor campaign under Moyes. The only positive from the season has been reaching the quarter-finals of the Champions League, although United came close to reaching the semifinals.
The club may have appointed a new manager in the form of Louis van Gaal, but Moyes reckons that he would have done better had he been given more time. The former Everton manager is currently out of work and will be looking for a new job once the season gets underway. He says that he has already received a couple of offers from clubs. A few months ago, he was linked with the Tottenham managerial job. For the first time, Moyes has spoken in detail about his future plans. He says that he may even be prepared to try out managing a club abroad.
The likes of Steve McClaren and Roy Hodgson are some of the few to have managed abroad.
“I got my first real taste of Champions League this year and I thought I showed I can manage at that level. I would like somewhere that would give me a chance of being in the Champions League or a club that has ambitions of being in the Champions League. It could be at home or abroad. I have always liked the thought of broadening my horizons and learning a bit more and at the moment I am quite comfortable watching and learning. I will go away and learn and look again to see what is happening,” said the manager.
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