Every club has that player who they are linked with every summer, a ‘saga’ ensues which lasts the majority of the window and nothing materializes. This particular saga is finally finished.
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Robin van Persie’s move between Premier League rivals Arsenal and Manchester United came as quite a shock and it seems another Gunners Captain is on his way to Old Trafford.
With transfer stories flying about and all the defenders being linked with moves to Old Trafford, it would seem van Gaal doesn’t have much faith in the current centre-backs.
Louis van Gaal will not take charge at Old Trafford until after his World Cup campaign with the Netherlands in Brazil, but even he knows United need a new centre-back.
It has been a difficult summer so far for Manchester United, plenty of their main targets have either rejected moves or been sold to others. But could that change?
Since the exit of centre-back partnership Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand, it was obvious that van Gaal would look to replace that with at least one top quality defender.
David Luiz’s transfer to Paris Saint Germain has Manchester United on alert, as it is believed that another talented Brazilian defender will be on his was out of Paris.
The father of Manchester United target Mats Hummels has insisted his son will not be leaving the Westfalenstadion this summer, despite interest from United.
But for Chelsea’s late late Europa League final win over Benfica, the football world’s big talking-point today would be Rio Ferdinand’s decision to retire from England duty.
At the start of the 2012/13 season teams and players begin with hope and expectations and I thought it would be interesting to review the players who least met expectations this season.
You may have seen over the weekend that four Manchester United players were voted into the PFA Team of the Year.
Two of the four – Robin van Persie and Michael Carrick – were obvious picks.
This season Manchester United have proved several things.
The first thing is that you need top class cover in every single position to win the league, and we have it.