A few pieces from the van Gaal Manchester United puzzle are starting to fall into place, Luke Shaw at left-back, Ander Herrera in midfield and now he’s aiming higher.
Entries in Pep Guardiola (15)
Despite the belief that clubs struggle to negotiate transfers during a World Cup summer, there are plenty of big names on the move and Kroos may be as well.
Even though only two years ago this Manchester United side were Premier League champions, the squad needs to be chopped and changed and van Gaal ready to swing the axe.
When Pep Guardiola was announced as Jupp Heynckes’ successor at Bayern Munich, many wondered whether he would change or the team. We’re starting to get our answer.
The top players who win everything there is to offer at club level, can reach a point where they want a new challenge and Manchester United will certainly offer one.
Louis van Gaal pulled the plug on the pursuits of Fabregas and Kroos, as he targets another former player of his, Bayern Munich’s Bastian Schweinsteiger.
Manchester Executive Vice Chairman has said that club legend Paul Scholes will be offered a coaching role at the club and he would like to discuss his future involvement.
There it is then. The unthinkable has actually happened and come july 1st 2013, Manchester United will have a new manager at the helm. A certain Glaswegian who has made a name for himself at Everton, who on a shoestring budget has wheeled and dealt his way to making a consistent side that over the years, has steadily enhanced its reputation.
14 trophies out of a possible 19 in 4 years is a very impressive record. Consistently playing the greatest football on the planet is also very impressive. Playing the English Champions off the park in not one, but two Champions League finals is a feat not to be sniffed out. Going to the Santiago Bernabeu and beating a Real Madrid that consisted of Ronaldo, Ozil, Alonso, Pepe and Casillas among others 5-0 is an achievement that probably couldn’t be replicated by any other side in the world.
Is there such thing as loyalty in football these days?
The likes of Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Francesco Totti are all in the twilight of their careers and while there are still a few one-club men out there, with the exception of players such as Steven Gerrard, Iker Casillas and Carles Puyol who are unlikely to move anywhere but their respective clubs, the loyalty is largely gone.
Antonio Valencia rightfully was Manchester United’s best player last season and is one of the best wingers in the world. A certain Pep Guardiola has waxed lyrical about him in the past and who’s he to disagree with?
When Paul Scholes retired from Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson focused his attention on replacing the Old Trafford legend with a player who mirrored the same attributes.
It really is no hidden secret that the reds made a serious and lucrative offer for Inter Milan midfield play maker Wesley Sneijder, the deal never happened and United suffered without that touch of calmness and class in the centre of park.