Manchester United fans, hello and welcome to your daily news roundup.
Since we’re in the thick of the transfer window and the Premier League season is also well underway it’s natural that gossip is spreading faster than bacteria at a music festival.
Thankfully that’s where we come into our own. We’ve been scouring Europe all morning, admittedly from the comfort of our London HQ, and have compiled the latest United-based news to be had. Read on for more, and don’t forget to watch the video.
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Gullit on Rooney
Manchester United players might yet be still becoming accustomed to the rigours of the new Premier League season, but one man in particularly is already under scrutiny from the mass media.
Captain Wayne Rooney has struggled to make an impression as the lone striker in Louis van Gaal’s system so far this campaign, with questions being fielded as to his suitability.
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Well, Dutch legend and former Chelsea man Ruud Gullit has recently had his say, and he believes Van Gaal has to think about other options.
Gullit said Rooney was not a ‘proper striker’ and pointed out the fact that he had struggled against Club Brugge as proof that alterations need to be made to United’s frontline.
"You can see the team does not have a proper striker. Wayne Rooney? He is not a real striker. Rooney wants to be involved in the play, but he cannot be the only man up front," he said.
"Against Brugge, in a way he was struggling, but only because of the position he was put in. As long as Rooney is in that position the team are playing without a real striker."
No Mane deal?
Meanwhile Southampton have poured water over speculation suggesting the Red Devils are to sign Sadio Mane. Reports yesterday suggested United had targeted the Saints star, but the south-coast club say he is an important part of their future and so won’t be moving on.
It remains to be seen whether that will be enough to deter United, who have big plans this year as they look to reclaim status as one of England’s most powerful clubs. Mane could help them do just that, although the forward isn’t without his own critics.
De Gea fury
Last but not least David de Gea appeared visibly shaken after being abused by United fans as he watched on during Tuesday’s Champions League encounter with Club Brugge.
The Spaniard has been left out of Van Gaal’s squads so far this term as speculation continues to swirl regarding his future. He was treated to a rendition of ‘f*** off you penny-pinching b*****d’ as he made his way to his seat at Old Trafford earlier this week.
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