With the new season beckoning Louis van Gaal has placed his faith in Wayne Rooney by awarding him the captaincy and the pursuit of big name South American targets continues with mixed news for the Manchester United faithful.
Louis van Gaal named Wayne Rooney as club captain of Manchester United after Tuesday’s win against Valencia. The official club website quoted the Dutchman as saying.
“For me it’s always very important the choice of captain. Wayne has shown a great attitude towards everything he does. I have been very impressed by his professionalism and his attitude to training and to my philosophy. He is a great inspiration to the younger members of the team and I believe he will put his heart and soul into his captaincy role”
Long serving Scot Darren Fletcher has been given the vice captaincy. Rooney will be delighted to be awarded the honour of captaincy, things did not look good for the English striker when van Gaal took over and it was initially expected that the Dutchman would give the captaincy to compatriot Robin van Persie. However this decision reaffirms Rooney’s position as a leader and focal point within the club.
The deal to bring Fiorentina’s Juan Cuadrado to Old Trafford may be scuppered by Barcelona who have stepped up their interest in the Colombian according to Spanish sports paper Marca. Manchester United are believed to have tabled a £32 million bid but the Italian club are waiting to see if the Catalans will take on the Red Devils in a bidding war.
For his own part the 26-year-old winger is believed to favour a move to the Nou Camp, perhaps believing that La Liga would be a better stage for his talents than the high octane Premier League.
There is renewed hope that van Gaal can finally land Argentinan superstar Angel Di Maria, according to The Mail. Three Manchester United managers have tried to buy the winger and now it seems after all the speculation a deal may actually happen in the wake of the Paris Saint Germain’s withdrawal from the race.
United chairman Ed Woodward skipped the friendly against Valencia on Tuesday to link up with the Real Madrid chiefs in Cardiff for the Super Cup final in a bid to hammer out a deal. Negotiations broke down with the Parisien club due to Madrid’s inflated £50 million valuation, United will hope they can get a discount on this figure.
Dan O’Mahony, Pundit Arena.