Zlatan Ibrahimovic & Henrikh Mkhitaryan transfer move closer

Posted on June 26, 2016  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Transfer Speculation, Transfer Targets   No Comments »
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be reunited with new Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho

As the realm is still in recovery mode from a momentous Brexit hangover, a new dawn is born at Old Trafford and United fans will be seeing more new faces other than boss Jose Mourinho next season. Manchester United will be looking to the Portuguese to take the club back to the pinnacle of European club football whilst also challenging on a domestic front. In order to do that, Mourinho knows he will have to bring in new faces that are more in keeping with his style of play. Today, The Guardian have linked both free agent Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Borussia Dortmund’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan with moves to Old Trafford to join new signing Eric Bailly, who recently joined the club from Villarreal, in what will be a very new looking Manchester United side next term.

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Renato Sanches linked with transfer to Manchester United

Posted on May 01, 2016  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Transfer Targets   No Comments »
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Renato Sanches has been linked with a big money transfer to Manchester United

Reports over the last few days have suggested that Renato Sanches will make a big summer move from Benfica to Manchester United following an impressive season in the Primeira Liga. Sanches, still only 18 years old, is one of Europe’s hottest properties and will be a welcomed addition to an ageing Manchester United midfield. Benfica’s young prodigy has a superb engine to get about the pitch, both from a counter attacking perspective and from intercepting the ball when the opposition are on the attack. He is also not afraid to have a shot from outside the box, scoring a wonder goal against Academica – his first professional goal.

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Neymar’s father reveals United made £140million transfer bid

Posted on February 05, 2016  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Transfer Speculation, Transfer Targets   1 Comment »
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Manchester United reportedly bid a record £140 million for Barcelona’s Neymar

The Times are reporting that Manchester United actually offered a mind blowing £140million for Neymar, Barcelona’s Brazilian striker who can’t stop scoring these days. The deal would have smashed that of Gareth Bale, who moved from Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid in the summer of 2013 and the Spanish club would have been forced to let the Brazilian forward speak with United as the offer triggers a release clause in Neymar’s contract.

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Anthony Martial signs for Manchester United for £36million

Posted on September 01, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Transfer Targets   5 Comments »
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Anthony Martial becomes the most expensive teenager and Manchester United’s 3rd biggest signing

Manchester United have bought Anthony Martial from Monaco for an massive £36million fee on a four year contract, with an option to extent by a further year. Martial becomes United’s third most expensive signing of all time, behind Angel Di Maria (£59.7million) and Juan Mata (£37.1million) and the world’s most expensive teenager in the history of football.

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Pedro reportedly questions transfer to Manchester United

Posted on August 15, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Transfer Speculation, Transfer Targets   No Comments »
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Reports suggest that Pedro is questions whether to move to Manchester United or not

Barcelona winger Pedro is reportedly questioning whether a move to Manchester United would be the right for him following the breakdown in communication with both Victor Valdes and David De Gea between Louis van Gaal. Valdes was a teammate of Pedro when at Barcelona, whilst De Gea is a teammate for the Spanish national team. The ex-Barcelona keeper, who went to Old Trafford last winter on a free transfer, fell out with the manager over playing in a reserve match – whilst United’s player of the season last term, was reported to have declined to play for the club following his apparent desire to join Real Madrid.

Will the potential transfer of Pedro hit a snag due to Louis van Gaal’s treatment of Valdes and De Gea?

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Pedro asks to leave Barcelona as Stoichkov sticks the boot in!

Posted on August 11, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Transfer Speculation, Transfer Targets   1 Comment »
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Barcelona legend Hristo Stoichkov has slammed Louis van Gaal and urged Pedro to stay put

Surely it is only a matter of time? A matter of time before Manchester United fans see a grinning Pedro in a press conference being shadowed by new boss Louis van Gaal as the club look to add some much needed pace out wide following the departure of Angel Di Maria to PSG. Today, Barcelona released a statement proclaiming that Pedro, who has amassed over 50 caps for Spain and been at the Catalonian club since his was a child, wants to leave the Spanish Champions – with United looking the likely destination.

However, hours earlier barmy Bulgarian and Barcelona legend Hristo Stoichkov slammed the United coach and urged the winger to stay and the Nou Camp. So what is it going to be? Will Pedro part ways with the club where he has won three European Cups – or will he depart for pastures new under the van Gaal regime?

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United mean business with Bastian Schweinsteiger signing

Posted on July 12, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Premier League, Transfer Targets   No Comments »
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Bastian Schweinsteiger takes on the legendary Andrea Pirlo in the Champions League

Manchester United have signed a player. Not just any player, but a player of real pedigree who has won the lot. Not even Edward Woodward impersonating Basil Fawlty in the directors lounge could send this one south. Bastian Schweinsteiger will be a Manchester United player come the start of the Premier League season following the news that Bayern Munich had accepted a bid, believed to be around £15million, for the player who is now on his way to Manchester for a medical. 536 appearances for Bayern, eight Bundesliga titles, seven German cups, a European Cup win and of course that World Cup final victory over Lionel Messi’s Argentina last June.

United have signed a player, who although is entering the final stage of his career as he turns 31 next month, who will bring experience and class to a side desperate for leadership. With the pursuit of Sergio Ramos still on the cards – it is clear that Louis van Gaal wants to fill his new look United side with leaders.

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Memphis Depay: All you need to know about United’s new winger

Posted on May 10, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Transfer Targets   No Comments »
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Memphis Depay is an exciting talent who is heading to Old Trafford

With Manchester Unite’s 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace yesterday, combined with Liverpool’s failure to beat Chelsea in the teatime kickoff today – United only need a point to mathematically, despite having a far superior goal difference, qualify for next season’s Champions League. Louis van Gaal will have a full summer to plan for the 2015/16 campaign, a season that United fans will expect the club to challenge again for honours – both home an abroad. Many new faces are expected to join in the summer, but one man is already signed up and gearing for the next campaign.

United recently announced the signing of Memphis Depay for a reported £25million from PSV Eindhoven. United have some great Dutch players over the years, including Jaap Stam, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Edwin van der Sar and already have Robin van Persie (whose future still remains a doubt) and Daley Blind.

We caught up with Peter McVitie, a Scottish journalist living in the Netherlands, who has been following Depay for the past few years. Peter kindly answered a number of pressing questions we had on United’s new winger. Have a read yourself and feel free to drop Peter and additional questions we may have missed on Twitter – @Petermcvitie.

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Manchester United need to pass on £43.5million Radamel Falcao

Posted on February 21, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Swansea City, Transfer Targets, Youth   3 Comments »
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Radamel Falcao has struggled for form and fitness at Manchester United

Manchester United fans couldn’t believe their eyes at the beginning of September. The week previous, United had broken the English transfer fee again to sign Angel Di Maria from European Champions Real Madrid, but the signing of Colombian Falcao meant the fans were in dreamland. A club that had missed out on Champions League football for the first time since finishing second in 1994/95 had pulled in some of the world’s finest talent and wouldn’t scrape back into Europe’s elite but juggernaut through with a bit of swagger.

Spring is upon us and although United are a in a good position and have only lost once in the nineteen games, Southampton, Arsenal and Tottenham are breathing down the necks of Louis van Gaal’s men. United’s Colombian forward has made little impact since his £6million loan move from Monaco. The lack of impact isn’t anything to do with effort nor ability, but he simply hasn’t played enough games to be able to score the goals we all have seen him bang in for FC Porto and Atletico Madrid. Can United really splash out and pay half of what Real Madrid paid for Cristiano Ronaldo back in 2009 on a 29 year old?

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David De Gea is pivotal for Manchester United going forward

Posted on February 01, 2015  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Transfer Speculation, Transfer Targets   2 Comments »
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David De Gea has risen to become Manchester United’s most important player

David De Gea has risen from a promising youngster to one of the best goalkeepers in the world game. Long gone are suggestions that the Premier League is “too physical” for the Spaniard or that he “flaps at crosses” following a string of wonderful displays that have won Manchester United a vast amount of points in what is a Champions League spot chasing season.

This is of course a far cry from nervous looking displays when De Gea left Atletico Madrid for the then English champions in the summer of 2011. United’s number one, who was replacing the legendary Edwin van der Sar – who bowed out in the European Cup final defeat at the hands of Barcelona at Wembley, had a torrid time at the Hawthorns on his Premier League debut – with many, quite moronically, writing him off at such a premature stage.

Since then he has become such an important player for United, so what message would it send out if indeed he were to be sold in the summer to Real Madrid? Louis van Gaal must do everything in his power to ensure his prized asset remains a United player for the foreseeable future.

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