Louis van Gaal’s first press conference at Manchester United yesterday seems to have gone down a storm with fans, many of whom are confident that he will guide the club back to their position at the summit of English football.
Carrick replacements sounded out.
However it was not without its controversy as late on in the media showing the Dutchman revealed that Michael Carrick had suffered a potentially serious injury in training, which United then went on to confirm was indeed an ankle problem which could see him miss the next three months.
Whilst that may be a blow to Van Gaal’s pre-season plans the Daily Express claim this morning he has already begun to compile a list of replacements, and the three who top his list are Bastian Schweinsteiger, Arturo Vidal and Sporting Lisbon youngster William Carvalho.
The trio have a combined valuation of almost £92million, but United will have to spend if they want to allay fears that they will be caught short come the opening day of the Premier League season following Carrick’s complaint, and any one of those candidates would likely be welcomed by the fans.
Schweinsteiger's World Cup triumph with Germany was undoubtedly the highlight of his career to date, but he remains a formidable midfield United for Bayern Munich, and Pep Guardiola will definitely have a decision to make over his future in the wake of Toni Kroos' move to Real Madrid.
The speculation surrounding Vidal appears to be never ending, but the change in manager in Turin could well bring a definitive end to the saga. Massimo Allegri will likely confirm in the coming days whether or not the Chile star is in his plans, which will provide Van Gaal with clarification over the feasibility of a potential deal.
Ferdinand confirms QPR move
In other news it’s been confirmed that Red Devils legend Rio Ferdinand has found a new home, as he broke the news through GiveMeSport yesterday that he was officially joining QPR.
The centre-back left Old Trafford after seeing his contract expire, but made clear that his intentions were to remain in the Premier League and continue his glittering professional career.
Ferdinand revealed that he was looking forward to once more working with Harry Redknapp, who will undoubtedly be pleased that he has captured a high-profile name to give his newly-promoted side experience at the back. At 35 the ex-Leeds man may no longer have the turn of pace to keep up with quick forwards, but his ability to read the game and lead from the back very much remains intact.
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