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United to seal record deal for di Maria

Manchester United are expected to complete the British-record signing of Angel di Maria later today.

Press Association Sport understands the Argentina winger will undergo a medical with the club this morning after a £59.7million fee was agreed with Real Madrid.

Di Maria was absent from the Real squad that beat Cordoba 2-0 at the Bernabeu on Monday evening.

United have made no official comment on the matter, but it is understood the agreed fee between the Red Devils and Real will eclipse the Premier League record £50million Chelsea paid to Liverpool for Fernando Torres in 2011.

Should he sign, the 26-year-old cannot be involved in United's Capital One Cup tie at MK Dons on Tuesday night but could be set for a debut in Saturday's Barclays Premier League match at Burnley.

United appear in desperate need of a lift after a loss and a draw from their opening two league games and the man who was named man of the match in May's Champions League final would certainly give them that.

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Man United want Di Maria deal done within 36 hours

Angel di Maria
Angel di Maria Credit: Press Association

Manchester United are looking to have the British record signing of Real Madrid winger Angel di Maria wrapped up by Tuesday evening, Press Association Sport understands.

United have made no official comment on the matter, but it is understood a fee has been agreed between the Red Devils and Real that will eclipse the British record £50million Chelsea paid to Liverpool for Fernando Torres in 2011, with reports putting the figure at at least £60million.

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Louis van Gaal: I was the king of Manchester. Now I am the devil

Louis van Gaal
Louis van Gaal Credit: PA
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Louis van Gaal on the fickle nature of football. "Two weeks ago I was the king of Manchester. Now I am the devil." #mufc

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Van Gaal on Welbeck departure rumours: "I know what I said to Danny and Danny knows exactly what I said to him. That is private." #mufc

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More from the boss: "I was not hired to be fired, but to build up a team and that is a process that needs time." #mufc

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Scholes: "I'm scared for United"

Paul Scholes in action for Manchester United.
Paul Scholes in action for Manchester United. Credit: PA
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The five experienced players Man United need to turn it around.. according to Paul Scholes http://t.co/1oEpXyXvpH http://t.co/T20W63gd38

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Paul Scholes has expressed fear that Manchester United will descend into long-term decline unless rapid action is taken to strengthen their faltering team.

The former Red Devils midfielder emerged from the 'Class of 92' to play a key role in United's successes over the next two decades.

And Scholes is concerned that United will find it just as tough as Liverpool have to get back to the top, should they leave it too late to cure the team's current ills.

A home defeat to Swansea on the opening day of the Premier League campaign suggested new manager Louis van Gaal has plenty of work to do in order to improve even on last season's miserable performance, when United trailed in seventh in the top flight.

Scholes claims he was asked last season, when working on the Old Trafford coaching staff, whether United should move for Cesc Fabregas or Toni Kroos over the summer.

In the end, Fabregas left Barcelona for Chelsea and Kroos departed Bayern Munich for Real Madrid.

It is not known whether United made a formal offer for either midfield player.

"Either way," said Scholes, in his Independent column, "the situation now, with 11 days of the transfer window left, has become ever more desperate for my former club. They have to sign some quality players.

"I am scared for United. Genuinely scared that they could go into the wilderness in the same way that Liverpool did in the 1990s."

Paul Scholes' column in the Independent today.
Paul Scholes' column in the Independent today. Credit: The Independent.

He added: "What do United need? Five players. Not five players with potential. Five experienced players... for now. Five proper players who can hit the ground running and turn around a situation that looks desperate.

"United's forwards are as good as any team in the league. The problem is what comes behind them."

Scholes identified the Real Madrid quartet of Xabi Alonso, Sami Khedira, Raphael Varane and Angel Di Maria as players he would target, along with Borussia Dortmund and Germany centre-back Mats Hummels.

Insisting United's chief executive should take the initiative, Scholes added: "Ed Woodward keeps telling us that the money is there. I would say that now is the time to start spending it."

Rojo set to complete move to United

Marcus Rojo
Marcus Rojo

Louis van Gaal has made a breakthrough in his mission to reinforce Manchester United's defence after a deal was struck to bring Marcos Rojo to Old Trafford.

Sporting Lisbon on Tuesday night sanctioned the sale of the Argentina international to United, with Portuguese winger Nani returning to his former club as part of the deal. Centre-back Rojo, 24, will become a United player should he pass a medical and agree personal terms, the Barclays Premier League club announced on Twitter.

Rojo is equally comfortable at centre-back as he is at left-back and played all 120 minutes of July's World Cup final as Argentina lost to Germany after extra-time in Rio de Janeiro.

"It's a dream to play at Manchester United and I am very proud of having the chance of working with Van Gaal.

"I spoke with Juan Sebastian Veron about Manchester United when we were at Estudiantes. I have always liked English football, and I should adapt to this new playing style easily."

– Rojo

United's move for Rojo had been complicated by a row between Sporting and a third-party ownership group, while the player upset his employers by initially refusing to train in a bid to push through the deal, although he later apologised and returned to work.

Rojo said. "If I made a mistake, I have already apologised because I didn't want to hurt the feelings of anyone at the club."

Rojo hints at Manchester United move

Argentina defender Marcos Rojo has suggested his move to Manchester United is imminent, describing it as a 'dream' to play for the Old Trafford club.

The Sporting Lisbon player has emerged as a key target for United manager Louis van Gaal, with reports suggesting United will pay £16million for Rojo while sending Portuguese winger Nani back to his former club on a one-year loan deal.

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Marcos Rojo in action at the World Cup for Argentina Credit: PA Images

In an interview with the radio station Continental in his homeland, quoted in several national newspapers, Rojo said: "It's a dream to play at Manchester United and I am very proud of having the chance of working with [Louis] van Gaal.

"I spoke with Juan Sebastian Veron about Manchester United when we were at Estudiantes. I have always liked English football, and I should adapt to this new playing style easily."

United's move for Rojo has been complicated by a row between Sporting and his a third-party ownership group, while the 24-year-old player upset his employers by initially refusing to train in a bid to push through the deal, although he later apologised and returned to work.

"There was a misunderstanding, I never wanted to do something wrong at Sporting as I have always been very thankful to that team that gave me many chances for playing in Europe," Rojo said.

"If I made a mistake, I have already apologised because I didn't want to hurt the feelings of anyone at the club."

Watch: Young Man Utd fan tears into Nani

A young football fan, who told a reporter for the FullTimeDEVILS that Nani's performance was well below par, has gone viral online.

The Portuguese star came on at half-time on Saturday but the boy said he was not impressed and suggested a better place for him was in the stands.

He said: "Nani, there was a spare seat up there with me and my dad - he should have been sat there!"

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