Louis van Gaal began his first day in his new Carrington office on Wednesday. The Dutch man has no shortage of self belief and will not be afraid to ruffle a few feathers, with a lot of the playing staff set to leave Old Trafford.
New arrivals Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera have seen a lot of players head in the opposite direction in a massive summer clearout at Old Trafford. Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand, Alex Buttner and Federico Macheda have already departed, while Ryan Giggs has moved upstairs.
Van Gaal does not look like stopping there, with the axe set to fall on Nani, Marouane Fellaini, Ashley Young, Shinji Kagawa, Javier Hernandez, Tom Cleverley, Anderson, Wilfried Zaha, Bebe and Nick Powell, according to the Express.
Patrice Evra’s move to Juventus, previously regarded as done deal, is in doubt according to the Daily Star with the Italian giants turning their attention to Argentine World Cup star Marcos Rojo.
On the incoming side of things, contrary to previous reports, it looks like the Arturo Vidal move will now fail to materialise. The Daily Star reported that the deal is definitely off and quoted Juventus Chief Executive Officer Giuseppe Marotta as saying:
“Vidal is not for sale. He is one of the most important players in the squad. He is happy to be here. Many things have been written. We’ve never put him up for sale. Important clubs have asked after him, but we have never sat down to talk.”
The International Business Times has reported that the proposed Angel di Maria move to Old Trafford is stalling due to the Argentine’s misgivings in joining a club that is out of European football. It is believed that United are now launching a sensational £63m bid to bring in World Cup superstar James Rodriguez. The Colombian, currently at Ligue 1 side Monaco, had been tipped for a move to the Bernabeu all summer, but the signing of Toni Kroos on a six-year deal has put the move in doubt.
It is sure to be a very active few weeks at Old Trafford, with Van Gaal looking to put his mark on the club as soon as possible.
Dan O’Mahony, Pundit Arena.