With the season done and dusted, a two-legged playoff tie for the Champions League set to be firmly placed in the calendar in the coming weeks and talk of major change at Manchester United, Red Devils fans have a lot to be thinking about.
Not only is Louis van Gaal’s second summer in charge of United guaranteed to be one that holds more twists and turns than Silverstone, but by the end of it fans will hope to have a some inkling as to how they can expect their team to fare next season.
Of course it’s impossible to predict exactly what’s going to happen between now and kick-off day for the 2015/16 Premier League campaign but, using the latest information from around the world of football, we can give you the best shot at anticipating the events to come. Here we present today’s Manchester United roundup, don’t you just love it.
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Van Gaal's board cry
We kick off with Louis van Gaal challenging the Old Trafford board to help his land the right signings in the right positions this summer, as he looks to make his squad ready for the rigours of European football as well as a continuation of his domestic battle with the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal.
The Dutchman admitted publicly that the board would now be expecting him to coordinate a sustained assault on the Premier League title, but in order to do that he would have to strengthen certain areas of the team, to do which he’ll need the help of those above him.
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“The board of Manchester United shall say now we have to battle for the championship," Van Gaal said.
"It’s a fantastic challenge but that’s also dependable on how we can purchase very good players and how we can improve our balance in our selection.
“When you see against Arsenal what I have to do to change, I have to put players on other positions that I never play and that’s a pity because the balance in our play was not good.
“We need two players in every position and then they can perform more easily.
“The board has purchased me to win the title and my curriculum says that.
A host of targets have been linked with Old Trafford of late, including the likes of Paul Pogba, Mats Hummels and Gareth Bale, though it will take some savvy negotiating for United to land any of those players given that they’re still a club in transition.
Next up comes the news that Nicolas Otamendi will look to force an exit if he’s the subject of an offer from one of his suitors. United are said to hold an interest in the player given his obvious experience as a top-level defender, and his agent has confirmed that he is looking to move to pastures new this summer.
Van Gaal is purported to be on red alert with regards to the Valencia man, although his current release clause stands at a staggering £46 million. Would United pay that for a centre-back? We’re not so sure.
Di Maria update
Last but not least it’s over to the latest on Angel Di Maria, who it’s said will only be leaving United this summer if he makes clear a desire to do so.
Despite breaking United’s club-record last summer - they paid £65m for him - he’s been tipped to be flogged having failed to be eye-catching consistently. It’s now said though that he’ll only be sold if he informs the club that he wants to move on.
United fans, what do you think to today’s speculation? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.
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