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Tom Cleverley goes to Aston Villa on loan reports that Aston Villa have completed the loan signing of Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley after the Premier League ratified the transfer.

The deal, which was announced 17 hours after the transfer window officially closed, appears likely to end the midfielder’s United career as he has entered the final year of his contract at Old Trafford, although Sky Sports News reports that both parties have the option to cut the loan agreement short.

Villa had to demonstrate to the Premier League that they had filed an application for the loan move and begun the process to sign Cleverley before the window closed at 11 p.m. British Summer Time on Monday.

The Midlanders were able to announce the arrival of the 25-year-old, who they had initially tried to sign on a permanent deal, on Tuesday.

However, United, who had received an offer of seven million pounds from Villa, were frustrated in their attempts to bring in a transfer fee for the England international.
everley, who also attracted interest from Everton, scored five goals in 79 appearances for United and played what looks set to be his final game for them in last month’s 1-1 draw at Sunderland.

He risked being left in limbo at Old Trafford after manager Louis van Gaal signed three other midfielders, in Ander Herrera, Angel Di Maria and Daley Blind.

In addition, Javier Hernandez went to Real Madrid, Wilfried Zaha to Crystal Palace, Michael Keane to Burnley and Nick Powell to Leicester on loan.

Villa had already brought in centre-back Philippe Senderos, left-back Aly Cissokho and midfielders Carlos Sanchez, Kieran Richardson and Joe Cole.

United signs Daley Blind from Ajax

Daley Blind.jpg reports has announced that Daley Blind has completed his transfer for a fee of £14million. 
Daley joins on a four-year contract with the option to extend for a further year.

Blind, 24, came through the ranks of the Ajax youth system, making his senior debut in 2008 for his hometown club. He has 19 caps for the Netherlands national team and was voted Dutch Player of the Year for the 2013/14 season.

Daley Blind said: “It is a real honour to sign for Manchester United.

“I have been at Ajax since I was seven years old and I will always have very fond memories of the club and of my time there.

“Louis van Gaal is a tremendously talented coach, I have worked with him at Ajax and also for the Netherlands national team and I cannot wait to work with him at the biggest club in the world.”

Louis van Gaal said: “I am delighted Daley has signed for the club.

“He is a very intelligent and versatile footballer that can play in many positions.

“Daley is a great reader of the game, he has played under my philosophy over a number of years and he will be a great addition to the team.”


Chicharito joins Real Madrid on loan

According to, Manchester United striker Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez has joined Real Madrid on loan for the rest of the 2014/15 season.

The European champions announced they have “reserved a first buying option” on the Mexico frontman at the end of the loan.

Chicharito moved to Old Trafford from Chivas de Guadalajara in 2010 and has scored 59 goals in 154 appearances for the Reds, winning two Premier League titles.


Manchester United agree to loan for Monaco star Radamel Falcao

With Olivier Giroud out until 2015, the suddenly available Radamel Falcao would bolster the Arsenal strike force.
Radamel Falcao is set to spend the season at Old Trafford.

Manchester United have agreed to a loan deal for Monaco striker Radamel Falcao, subject to a medical and terms.

The Colombia international, who cost Monaco 60 million euros last summer, is set to join Louis van Gaal’s squad, sources told ESPN FC.

Falcao had also been a target of Real Madrid and had been linked with Arsenal and Manchester City.

His arrival will be one of two transfers United are expected to complete on deadline day, along with finalising Daley Blind’s move from Ajax.

Van Gaal had already brought in Southampton left-back Luke Shaw, Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera, Sporting Lisbon defender Marcos Rojo and Real Madrid winger Angel Di Maria.

European champion Madrid had been the favourite to sign Falcao, whose departure from Monaco seemed to be signaled when he was omitted from their squad to face Lille on Saturday.

The 28-year-old, who missed the World Cup because of a cruciate ligament injury, scored 70 goals in 91 games for Atletico Madrid and 72 goals in 87 matches for Porto before joining Monaco.

Falcao’s signing has paved the way for Javier Hernandez to move to Real Madrid, with the Mexican’s loan move to the Bernabeu confirmed later on Monday.

Report: Burnley 0 Manchester United 0

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Manchester United’s frustrating start to the season continued after a 0-0 draw with Burnley at Turf Moor.

Having weathered an early storm, Louis van Gaal’s side dominated possession but were unable to capitalise with Robin van Persie going closest for the Reds just after the break when his shot was cleared off the line. United also had two strong penalty appeals overlooked when Ashley Young was seemingly shoved over in the area and late on when the same player’s shot hit namesake Ashley Barnes on the arm.

Angel Di Maria was named in the United starting line-up to make an immediate debut following his British-record transfer from Real Madrid earlier in the week, with Wayne Rooney captaining the Reds on his 400th start.

The vociferous Turf Moor crowd was almost celebrating a goal as early as the third minute, after Phil Jones brought down Lukas Jutkiewicz on the edge of the area. Former United midfielder David Jones stepped up to take the resulting free-kick, and saw his curling effort come crashing back off the bar. Jutkiewicz was the Clarets’ most potent threat early on, and found himself one-on-one with David De Gea just seconds later, but the Spaniard stood tall to avert the danger.

Equally keen to impress was Di Maria, whose perfectly-weighted ball to van Persie created a great opening on 14 minutes. The striker brought the ball down before hitting a shot which was well saved by another former Red, Clarets goalkeeper Tom Heaton.

United’s new signing was looking sharp on his debut, and was soon involved again as his low cross from the left picked out Juan Mata in the Burnley area, but the Spanish midfielder slipped as he prepared to shoot.

Confusion in the defence at the other end enabled Jones to again go close to giving Burnley the lead, but De Gea was ready for his 20-yard volley.

Both sides appealed in vain for penalties before the break, as Young and then Danny Ings were muscled off the ball inside the opposite boxes.

After the restart, the Reds came out on the front foot, and again looked to Di Maria for inspiration. The midfielder’s burst into the area was picked up by Rooney, but Jason Shackell’s last-ditch tackle prevented a debut goal. With United applying pressure, Di Maria got the better of Keiran Trippier by the corner flag, and did well to squeeze the ball out towards Rooney. After Burnley failed to clear, the ball eventually fell for van Persie, whose shot was cleared off the line by Marney.

Burnley, meanwhile, continued to attack with purpose on the break and had a decent chance on 68 minutes when Matt Taylor found space in the United area. The midfielder’s low shot was easily collected by De Gea, in what was a rare opportunity for the hosts.

With time running out, Di Maria and van Persie were replaced by Anderson and Danny Welbeck, and Januzaj later came on for Mata. The latter had previously been involved in a move which led to Rooney heading wide at the far post.

The second half ended in controversy as Young’s effort appeared to strike the hand of Ashley Barnes. The referee again ignored the protests and the last chance of this being a first competitive win for van Gaal’s United was gone.

Mata expecting tough encounter

Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata believes Saturday’s early kick-off with Burnley will be like a cup final as he prepares for the trip to Turf Moor. 

The Spain international believes his United team-mates will have to match the enthusiasm and commitment of the opposition if they are to come out victorious at the weekend in what will be another tough test for Louis van Gaal’s side. 

“They didn’t win in their first two games so they are craving to win, they have also just been promoted and they are playing in front of their supporters against Manchester United so it will be like a final for them and so it has to be for us too,” Mata told MUTV.

“It is important we win on Saturday, it hasn’t been the start of the season that we all wanted. We didn’t get good results the first two games so we need a good result. Obviously, we are trying to get used to a new manager, a new philosophy, a new system and it takes time and I think, with results, everything looks easier so hopefully we can get the results as soon as possible.”

The 26-year-old has been in fine goalscoring form since joining United and, although admitting he is pleased with his recent form, he believes the results of the team are more important than his individual contribution. 

“Personally, it’s good, hopefully I can score more goals and I can give more assists during this season but the most important thing is the team wins no matter who scores,” he added. 

“I’m an attacking player so what I think I can do the best is try to score and try to assist my team-mates. That’s what I’ve done all my career and that’s what I will try to do here.”

One player who Mata believes will help United back to winning ways is recent capture Angel Di Maria. Fluent in English, Mata has been helping the South American settle into life in England and believes the signing will be a huge benefit for the club.

“He’s a great player and he can bring us a lot of good things,” he opined. “He has qualities, pace, one-on-ones, assists, he’s very fast. So I think he will be very good for our team.

“He doesn’t speak very good English so I’m being a bit of a translator but I think it’s good when you have people helping you in your first days in a different country, a different language, a different league. You need people to help you.”


Aston Villa interested in Tom Cleverley

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According to reports, somebody might be about to part with money for Tom Cleverley.

That’s the Telegraph’s story anyway, and it’s an exclusive. Apparently the 25-year-old — yes, he’s 25 years old — is out of favour at United, surplus to requirements, and is “almost certain” to have left Old Trafford by Monday. Given that the vast majority of United fans would happily have a whipround for his taxi fare, it seems fair to conclude that £8m is a bit of a result. And Villa aren’t alone in their interest, apparently. Roberto Martinez is a long-term fan and would like to take him to Everton, while Steve Bruce and Hull are also interested.

While the triple-headed monster that is tBB has long advocated the sale of Cleverley, we can appreciate that there are people who feel he gets a rough deal. Maybe he does. But I think we can all agree that he really isn’t working as a United player, and that a move would do him as much good as the club.

Wilfried Zaha returns to Crystal Palace on loan

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According to the Busby Babe, Wilfried Zaha will return to Crystal Palace on a season-long loan.

He becomes the second winger to leave Old Trafford this month, after Nani’s departure to Sporting.

It seems fair to say that Zaha’s United career hasn’t quite worked as planned. Unable to force his way into David Moyes’s flailing side, he spent the second half of last season on loan at Cardiff City, going thirteen appearances without scoring as the Welsh side were relegated. Though he returned to United for pre-season, there have been rumours that Van Gaal has been less than impressed with his commitment to training, and he didn’t get off the bench last night as United were embarrassed by MK Dons.

Still, his form for Crystal Palace in 2012/13 inspired their promotion, and he is still young. Perhaps the iron fist of Neil Warnock will be more to his taste than David Moyes’ tough love. Let’s hope a year fighting against relegation back in London leads to him rediscovering the form and promise that encouraged Alex Ferguson to invest to the tune of £15m in the first place. Not only for his sake; that way, either he returns in glory, or United will get a fee when it comes to moving him on permanently.

Caveat: it’s possible that SSN got their information from a tweet, posted by Zaha but then swiftly deleted, that simply read “BACK!” If so, you may consider this news in the future, and speculation for now.



Report: Milton Keynes Dons 4 Manchester United 0

Manchester United suffered one of the most humiliating defeats in their long and proud history as MK Dons piled yet more misery on Louis van Gaal.

The new United boss, now without a win in three matches, watched on in misery as his team were knocked out of the Capital One Cup at the second-round stage with a 4-0 defeat.

Will Grigg and Arsenal loanee Benik Afobe scored a brace apiece as United were easily downed by a team that began the night 38 places below them in the league ladder.

It was a hugely embarrassing defeat — one that brought back unwanted memories of their last League Cup second-round fixture in 1995 when they lost to York.

But it was nothing more than the Red Devils deserved.

A team showing 10 changes from the 1-1 draw at Sunderland never settled all night.

Fringe players like Danny Welbeck, Javier Hernandez, Shinji Kagawa and Anderson were given chances to fight for a place in the first team.

But they all under-performed. Until the dying stages, when the Dons’ victory had already been assured, home goalkeeper David Martin had very little to do.

United handed the victory to the League One side on a plate thanks to a shabby defensive performance.

Jonny Evans, captain for the night, made a glaring error to hand the Dons the lead and from then on it never looked like the underdogs were going to lose.

Van Gaal may have Angel di Maria to count on to aid his recovery — the 59.7 million pound signing was confirmed just before kick-off — and on this evidence, many more replacements are needed, particularly at the back.

The 26,969 fans inside stadium:mk did their best to make United feel unwelcome as they took to the pitch, but in the early stages it appeared to have little effect as the Premier League club started well.

With 50 seconds on the clock, Welbeck raced down the wing and found Hernandez at the back post, but the Mexican slipped just as he was about to pull the trigger.

Nick Powell then fired a 25-yard shot just over the bar.

Hernandez punctured the Dons defence with a burst of pace, but he was pulled back for tugging Antony Kay’s shirt.

Welbeck also broke through the back line in the ninth minute, but he could not test Martin.

From then on, the United team, which contained two debutants, went to pieces.

David de Gea had to race off his line to deny Grigg, who had given Reece James the slip to latch on to Darren Potter’s headed through-ball.

Van Gaal was forced into a change when Kagawa was replaced by Adnan Januzaj following a clash of heads with a Dons defender.

Then came the moment Evans will not forget in a hurry.

The centre-half, under no pressure whatsoever, passed straight into the path of Ben Reeves inside the United box. The former Southampton player kept his cool and squared to Grigg, who slotted the ball past De Gea.

Evans held his head in his hands while the home fans taunted Van Gaal with chants of “You’re getting sacked in the morning”.

There was no immediate response from United. In fact, they were happy to go in at the break just one goal down.

Even the simplest of passes seemed beyond the 20-time English champions.

Hernandez, Anderson and Powell were all guilty of wasteful play and Martin had nothing to do in the home goal.

Mamik Vermijl’s clearance landed straight at the feet of Samir Carruthers, but he shot straight at De Gea.

Van Gaal replaced the poor Saidy Janko with another debutant, Andreas Pereira.

The League One side continued to hold their own after the restart and they thought they should have had a penalty when Dean Bowditch’s shot struck Evans’ arm. Stuart Attwell waved play on.

Welbeck offered a glimpse of the quality United needed with a fizzing shot that flew just wide.

Defensive vulnerabilities cost United again though as the Dons stunned the home crowd with a second goal.

Evans played a careless ball to Michael Keane, who had little time to clear. The hosts took advantage down the right through Reeves, who whipped in a flat cross which Grigg flicked past De Gea with his chest.

It was an audacious finish that would not have looked out of place at the Nou Camp, rather than the Moo Camp — the local name for stadium:mk due to the presence of the concrete cows nearby.

Seven minutes later a third flew in. Baldock gained some space down the left and found Reeves. He played the ball in behind to Afobe, who rifled past De Gea.

The home fans could not believe the scoreline. There was time for more excitement though. Afobe showed the fight United lacked, driving past three defenders before beating De Gea.

Martin pulled off a string of top saves to keep a clean sheet and put the icing on a miserable night for Van Gaal.


United interested in signing Arturo Vidal

According to ESPN FC and other sources, Manchester United will turn their attention to finally signing Arturo Vidal from Juventus, sources in England and Italy have stated, after just agreeing a fee with Real Madrid to acquire Angel Di Maria.

The club’s mooted interest in Vidal has been a long-running theme of the summer, despite Old Trafford officials regularly briefing that the speculation only came from the player’s camp.

Sources have repeatedly stated that United’s interest was very real, however, and it now appears that they will finally act on that as the club’s need for a midfielder becomes so pressing.

Much was made of Louis van Gaal name-checking Vidal after the 1-1 draw with Sunderland, but that was more than a piece of mischief from the manager, even if he also referenced Leo Messi.

The Dutch coach is now pushing United to make the deal happen, despite previously having had doubts about the purchase, and maintaining some concern about his fitness.

For his part, Vidal is also hugely interested in moving to Old Trafford, and discussions between representatives have already covered the idea of an incentivised contract because of his knee situation.

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ESPN had previously been told by sources that Juventus set United a price of 45 million pounds in June. The Italian champions have been hugely wary of the public image the exit of such a player would create, especially after the departure of title-winning coach Antonio Conte in what has been a fractious close season.

Juventus have privately maintained that any sale must come in time for them to properly reinvest, and even set an initial deadline of last Friday. United will now test that, and it has been mooted in Italy that the money from the sale of Vidal could then be used to challenge Real Madrid for the signing of Radamel Falcao.

It is thought that United’s pursuit of the player could go right to the end of the transfer window, which closes Monday, Sept. 1.

The Old Trafford outfit also maintain interest in Ajax’s Daley Blind, who worked so well for Van Gaal during the World Cup with the Netherlands.

Despite a close-season that had been so frustrating, executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward may yet justify his words from a mid-summer interview that United would do real business, and produce a genuinely excellent window.


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