Manchester United fans, welcome to your daily round-up.
There isn’t much we can say for today bar the fact it’s a fairly usual Wednesday that’s sure to fade into obscurity once the clock tolls for the beginning of Thursday.
That doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy it while it’s here though. What better way to do that than to settle down and read the latest gossip? Don’t worry, we’ll answer that. There is no better way.
Valdes v Van Gaal
Victor Valdes is one unhappy character at Manchester United under Louis van Gaal, but a recent claim made by Spanish busybody Guillem Balague might just explain why.
Obviously he’s been dropped, which we all know, and he was verbally questioned in one of Van Gaal’s press conferences, again we all know.
But Balague is now claiming that Van Gaal also berated Valdes in front of his teammates after the Spaniard conceded a sloppy goal.
It’s said Valdes tried to use the excuse that he hadn’t been given sufficient warm-up time, but that Van Gaal had argued he should have been getting rid of the rust with the U21s. It all goes full circle.
“Valdes conceded a goal that he should have prevented and despite his protestations that it was because he had insufficient time to warm up, Van Gaal berated him in front of his team-mates telling him that, while he might well have been physically fit, not playing in the reserves as he had wanted him to had made him rusty," Balague said.
“When he returned for pre-season training he found himself excluded, his locker removed and not even able to sit down and eat with the other players."
Neymar going nowhere
Meanwhile, there’s absolutely no chance United will be signing Neymar anytime soon… according to Barcelona’s technical director Roberto Fernandez.
He said the club was working on Neymar’s extension and that he would be at the Nou Camp for life. If there’s any lingering doubt, we don’t think Neymar was heading to the Red Devils anyway.
Last but not least, Ravel Morrison has admitted that Sir Alex Ferguson gave him too many chances while he was at Old Trafford and that he squandered them all.
Morrison, currently plying his trade for Lazio, revealed to The Sun that he didn’t think the club would give any other player the same opportunities they gave him. Needless to say, he blames himself for the way things worked out.