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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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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."

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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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Sigurdsson goal spoils Van Gaal's Premier League debut

Louis Van Gaal's first Premier League game in charge of Manchester United ended in defeat as Swansea City claimed their first ever league win at Old Trafford.

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Louis Van Gaal has lost his first Premier League game in charge of Manchester United. Credit: PA Wire

Ki Sung-yeung's shot gave Swansea the lead before new Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney equalised.

Gylfi Sigurdsson's late goal put the Welsh side back in front and condemned United to their first opening day home defeat since 1972.

Luke Shaw out for a month with hamstring injury

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Luke Shaw will miss the first month of the season Credit: Press Association Images

Manchester United defender Luke Shaw has been ruled out for a month with a hamstring injury.

The nineteen-year old left-back joined from Southampton in June for £27 million.

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Rodgers warns Van Gaal about the Premier League

Brendan Rodgers has warned new Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal that the competitiveness of the Premier League will be like nothing he has encountered so far in his illustrious career.

The Liverpool manager believes that, despite Van Gaal's experience of winning titles in Holland, Spain and Germany with clubs such as Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich, he will be surprised when the Premier League kicks off again on August 16.

Van Gaal, who arrived in Manchester fresh from leading Holland to the semi-finals of the World Cup, has enjoyed a strong start to life at Old Trafford with his side unbeaten so far in his first pre-season campaign.

United impressed as they beat Real Madrid and Liverpool on their way to winning the International Champions Cup on Tuesday in Miami, but Rodgers has warned the 62-year-old that it will be anything but plain sailing when the domestic season gets under way.

"I think what he'll find is the competition in this league will be different to any other league that he's worked in," the Northern Irishman told several national newspapers.

"In a lot of the other leagues, there are one or two teams and those are the teams that are expected to win.

"This is a league where the top team plays the bottom team and on any given day you can lose. You don't get that a lot in the other leagues. I think the competition will probably take him by (surprise), and that's from foreign managers I have spoken to over the years."

Despite the fierce rivalry between the two clubs, Rodgers also spoke of his admiration for Van Gaal and what he has achieved.

"I've obviously an admirer of his work and his career," he added.

"He's a very experienced manager and a very good manager who has worked at some big clubs.

"When you come through as a coach, you look at the guys who have a vision and a philosophy, and he was obviously one of those guys."

Manchester United 3 - Liverpool 1

Manchester United claimed some early bragging rights over Liverpool as Louis van Gaal ended his first pre-season tour as manager with yet another morale-boosting win.

Steven Gerrard's penalty put Liverpool ahead, but Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata scored within two minutes of each other before Jesse Lingard rounded off the 3-1 win at the death.

The victory, which came in front of 51,104 rain-soaked fans at the uncovered Sun Life Stadium in Miami, meant United lifted the International Champions Cup - the pre-season tournament that contained eight of Europe's best teams.

The trophy, and the Chevrolet Cup, which Van Gaal won after United beat the Los Angeles Galaxy a fortnight ago, will not take pride of place in the Dutchman's packed cabinet.

But the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager will at least be happy to go back to Manchester with five wins under his belt and an enhanced knowledge of his squad.

United rode their luck at times in Miami - they could not handle Raheem Sterling for most of the night - but overall on this tour, Van Gaal's men have performed very well.

Rooney, who bagged four goals in the US, and Mata have been two of the best performers, along with Ander Herrera, Jonny Evans and Darren Fletcher.

The players have reacted well to Van Gaal's training techniques and the 3-4-1-2 system he has used successfully against the Galaxy, Roma, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and now Liverpool.

More importantly, the atmosphere around the camp is in complete contrast to the edgy feeling that lingered around the team under David Moyes. Despite 24 hours of torrential rain in Florida, organisers attempted to raise the spirits of the fans with a flurry of pre-match fireworks.

Morrison to be released from prison after granted bail

Former Manchester United footballer Ravel Morrison
Former Manchester United footballer Ravel Morrison Credit: PA

Former Manchester United footballer Ravel Morrison is set to be released from prison after a judge granted a bail application.

Morrison, 21, was remanded in custody last month after he was charged with two counts of common assault.

Midfielder Morrison, who moved to West Ham United from Manchester United in 2012, was arrested on Sunday July 27 after police were called to an address in Peel Green, Salford, in the early hours.

It followed reports that a 19-year-old woman had been assaulted outside a nightclub in Manchester city centre.

A 39-year-old woman also claimed she had been attacked.

Morrison is due to appear at Manchester magistrates court again on Thursday.

Van Gaal to sit down with players after US tour

Louis van Gaal will sit down with his players after their tour and tell them whether they have a future at Manchester United.

Van Gaal and his 25-man squad fly back to Manchester in the early hours of Tuesday morning after their final game of the US tour against Liverpool.

Manchester United head coach Luis Van Gaal
Manchester United head coach Louis Van Gaal Credit: PA

Van Gaal said:

"In football, you have to judge. Always you have to give a chance to a player to make a transfer when you see that his perspective is not so high to play.

"You have to say it in advance. When you say it on August 31st it's too late. I shall say to the players what I think after the tour."

– Louis van Gaal

Manchester United have racked up wins over the Los Angeles Galaxy, Roma, Inter Milan and Real Madrid, but the manager is still unhappy with certain aspects of his squad.

Manchester United players celebrate the victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy during the friendly match at the Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena, California, USA, 23 July 2014
Manchester United players celebrate the victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy during the friendly match at the Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena, California, USA, 23 July 2014 Credit: PA

Javier Hernandez, Shinji Kagawa and Wilfried Zaha face uncertain futures after limited playing time in America while Marouane Fellaini and Anderson, who have not made the trip, could also be shown the door.

Van Gaal has sent coach Marcel Bout back to England to work with the likes of Robin van Persie, Adnan Januzaj, and Fellaini, who have been given time off following their exploits at the World Cup.

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