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Woodward: The fans can expect more summer signings

Manchester United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has told fans to “watch this space” as he works with manager Louis van Gaal on making more summer signings.

Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw have already joined the Reds and Woodward revealed funds are available for the club to bring in more new faces.

But he also admits some players could be on their way out of Old Trafford as van Gaal moulds his new squad over the coming weeks.

“We’ve been working with Louis over several weeks with regards to targets and we’re continuing to move forward on some of those targets,” Woodward told MUTV‘s Stewart Gardner in Los Angeles.

“We are still a huge attraction to top football stars around the world – there is no doubt about that. I hope [fans] will see the direction we’re heading in with the new manager, coaching staff and players, and a commitment to do what it takes to get back to the top.

“We are willing to invest. There is no fixed budget. Financially we are extremely strong and funds are available. Louis is assessing what’s going on and there is a lot of work going on behind the scenes, so watch this space.”

Asked if other players could be leaving United, Woodward added: “Yes, I think so. The manager makes that decision. A few players have already gone and there may well be a few others.

“It’s also worth commenting that we’re not in Europe this year, so there are fewer games and Louis may take the view that he wants a tighter squad to bed in.

“If you do the analysis over the last year, Liverpool performed extremely well with a smaller number of players, but that’s a decision for the manager.”

While reluctant to set a target for the 2014/15 campaign, Woodward is determined United will return to Europe and challenge for trophies again sooner rather than later.

“We’re a club that absolutely should be in the Champions League,” he said. “That’s what our fans want, that’s what our players want and that’s what every member of staff wants.

“We have to strive to win. We’re not here to be an also-ran; we’re here to win trophies to add to that huge, incredible list that we’ve won over many years.”

Van Gaal could bring in more new faces

Louis van Gaal has hinted that he could bring more new faces into his Manchester United squad after assessing the current players, and that he will look to find roles for Paul Scholes and Phil Neville alongside Nicky Butt and Ryan Giggs in his coaching set-up.

Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw joined the club while the new manager was guiding the Netherlands to the semi-finals of the World Cup, but van Gaal has declared that more could follow once he has taken a more in-depth look at his new charges in the coming weeks.

“My method is always the same. I want to look at the players now, the present players,” said the boss at Thursday’s unveiling press conference. “Of course I know how the players play, but I don’t know the players under my coaching. In the first three or four weeks I want to see what they can do. Then maybe I will buy other players.

“The players we have bought – Shaw and Herrera – they were already on the list. I gave my approval because I like them. First I want to see the players performing under my philosophy and how quickly they can pick up this philosophy. Now, I haven’t worked with most of them so we have to wait and see. It’s very important there’s a ‘click’ between players and the manager.”

Van Gaal has already brought Albert Stuivenberg, Marcel Bout and Frans Hoek with him as part of his backroom team. When asked about roles for United legends Butt, Neville and Scholes, he replied:

“Nicky Butt is already assisting us, and we shall find a role for Paul Scholes and also for Phil Neville, I

believe. That’s what we want. But it has to also be possible and we have to look at that. We have to adapt to the qualities of these people. It’s not an easy job. We have to speak personally with them – that’s why we have to wait and see.”

The Dutchman has also renewed acquaintances with Sir Alex Ferguson, with the two having crossed paths in competition and away from the pitch down the years.

“Sir Alex called to congratulate me and we have spoken about getting a coffee or to eat with each other. We were always invited to UEFA forums and we would always have a glass of wine. We know each other very well. I shall drink coffee and wine with him – maybe the best wine I can imagine.

“Sir Alex also had a strong philosophy, and it was always affirming that because he won a lot of titles. I hope I can do that.”

Van Gaal puts up to 10 stars up for sale

United have amazingly put ALL these 10 players up for sale...

Louis van Gaal is already hard at work at Manchester United (Picture: Getty)

Louis van Gaal has wasted no time in swinging the axe at Manchester United after reportedly putting 10 first-team players up for sale.

Van Gaal officially started work at Old Trafford yesterday following the expiry of his contract with the Dutch national team – and he’s already started overhauling his squad.

According to the Mirror, he has told 10 players they are free to depart the club this summer if a suitable offer arrives.

Patrice Evra will be the first out of the exit door with Juventus close to finalising a switch for the player, while flop winger Bebe has been given permission to speak to Benfica. 

These are just three of the 10 players United want to sell (Picture: Getty)

Wingers Ashley Young and Luis Nani have all been told they are free to go, along with the likes of Tom Cleverley, Nick Powell and Anderson.

They lead the list, but surprises include Marouane Fellaini, who only arrived from Everton last summer, striker Javier Hernandez and Wilfried Zaha.

United have already signed Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw is big money deals but are expected to add at least five new players to their squad.

Vidal demands 150,000 pounds transfer from United

Arturo Vidal wants a lot of cash to move to Manchester United (Picture: Getty)

According to the Metro, Arturo Vidal has told Manchester United he wants a salary of at least £150,000-a-week before he’ll consider moving to the Old Trafford club.

United have been holding talks with Vidal’s agent Fernando Felicevich in the last few days, in the hope of finalising a £35million deal for the Chile international.

However, Tuttomercatoweb reports that the transfer has stalled because Vidal has rejected United’s £100,000-a-week contract offer – and is demanding at least £150,000-a-week.

United boss Louis van Gaal is said to be desperate to sign the 27-year-old, who he has admired since his days in the Bundesliga. 

Louis van Gaal is said to have loved Vidal for years (Picture: Getty)
Louis van Gaal is said to have loved Vidal for years (Picture: Getty)

Vidal told Chilean TV on Tuesday that he was calm about his future and was not going to try and force through a switch.

‘I’m already at a great team, Juventus, so I will be just as calm if the Manchester United option falls through,’ he said.

Talks over a compromise are expected to continue in the next few days.

A triple swoop?

Boss Van Gaal has the cash at his disposal – and according to the Express he’s prepared to spend a big chunk of it on THREE World Cup stars.

They suggest that as well as Vidal, United are also ready to break the bank for Mats Hummels and Angel Di Maria.

There have been suggestions at one time or another that all would be unavailable this summer.

But that hasn’t deterred United who they say are ready to splash £105m to get the trio.

Vidal would come in for £40m, Di Maria for a similar fee while Dortmund defender Hummels would be targeted with a £25m bid.

To fund such lavish outlays they suggest Marouane Fellaini, Wilfried Zaha, Nani and Ashley Young will be shown the door.


Manchester United are refusing to be held to ransom by Juventus over Arturo Vidal, despite signing a record £750million kit deal with Adidas.

The agreement is the richest in world football and comes on top of the £53m-a-year shirt sponsorship contract United have with car-makers Chevrolet for next season.

But the Old Trafford giants are determined not to pay over the odds in the transfer market and have made it clear they will not meet Juve’s £34m asking price for Vidal.

They have looked at the Chile World Cup midfielder as they rebuild after last season’s woeful campaign and are impressed with his goalscoring record.

Van Gaal excited by the new challenge ahead

Louis van Gaal is relishing the opportunity to manage Manchester United after leading the Netherlands to third place at this summer’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Despite guiding his side to a comfortable 3-0 win over the hosts on Saturday, the 62-year-old Dutchman is refusing to go on holiday and will have just two days off at home before officially taking charge of the Reds this week.

Van Gaal will spend time with his players at the Aon Training Complex before jetting off to California to begin the club’s Tour 2014, presented by Aon. While this might appear a tight schedule, the boss insists he can’t wait for the challenge to begin.

“That is no problem for me, I don’t need a holiday,” van Gaal said. “It’s great to have such an exciting challenge. To work daily with young people is something that I don’t need time off to rest for.

“I’m looking forward to it. I’ve only met two people from the daily management at the club – the chief scout and the chief executive officer. And I’ve met two of the owners. It’s time that I get to know more people at the club.

“I hope the group in Manchester will become like this [Netherlands] one. We have to sing from the same hymn sheet. I hope at Manchester United I can do my best. I will do my best. Whether that’s enough for the fans I will wait and see, but I genuinely hope that will be the case.”

Giggs: I’ll learn from Louis


Ryan Giggs has explained how he hopes to learn from working alongside Louis van Gaal at Manchester United next season.

The Reds’ new assistant manager has called time on his playing career in order to embark on a new coaching role on a full-time basis and met with the Dutchman ahead of the World Cup to discuss his plans for the future. During the exclusive Ryan Giggs: Past, Present and Future interview for MUTV, Giggs admitted the incoming boss does remind him of Sir Alex Ferguson in some ways.

“A little bit,” he conceded. “Louis knows what he wants and he’s got that tough side but, obviously, he’s got a softer side as well.

“I went together with Ed Woodward. We flew over and met Louis and he’s a nice guy. He’s got plenty of charisma and it was a good meeting. I went into it with an open mind. Then, once he’d offered me the assistant manager’s job, I was already thinking about retiring but it just felt right.”

When asked if he would still have retired in any case, Giggs told MUTV: “I think so. Not definitely but I think so.

“I think I’ve got three years of learning how to become a manager and that’s what I intend to do. Eventually, I want to become a manager and obviously, it goes without saying, that if the United job was there, I’d love that.”

When quizzed on what he will look to learn from the former Netherlands boss, Giggs said there were a number of benefits to working with somebody with such a distinguished pedigree in the game.

“I think how you prepare games, how you prepare teams, how you handle players individually,” he listed. “As much as I can really, because he’s won so much. I’m starting all over again and I recognised that.

“I think he’s got a good philosophy of an attacking style of play and bringing young players through, which are the things that United are all about.”


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