Robin van Persie will go down in history as one of the great Manchester United strikers as he prepares to complete his move to Fenerbahce, according to former team-mate Rio Ferdinand.
Ferdinand paid a rich tribute to the 31-year-old on Facebook, who was met by cheering crowds upon his arrival in Istanbul on Sunday night and is expected to complete transfer formalities today.
"He was actually a better player than I thought he was when he arrived at Manchester United - I had played against him many times vs Arsenal, so I knew he was good but not this good.
"Maybe that was because he was up against me and Vida [Namanja Vidic] though!! On a serious note though, I think that was the general thought through the squad too.
"As a player he is so silky to watch, great touch, can hold the ball up & bring others into play, timings of his runs, skills & a dream of a left foot....oh and he can finish!"
Meanwhile, United appear closer to wrapping up the signing of Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, with reports last night suggesting he was undergoing a medical ahead of a £24million move.
Fellow midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is also close to completing his move from Bayern Munich.
Manchester United have completed the purchase of defender Matteo Darmian from Torino.
The full back travelled to England on Friday after a fee, believed to be in the region of £12.7million, was agreed.
Darmian, 25, has made 146 appearances and scored 5 league goals for Torino since his debut in 2011. The defender has 13 international caps for Italy and was part of their World Cup squad last summer in Brazil.
Matteo Darmian said:
“It is a dream come true to be joining Manchester United. I have loved the time that I have spent at Torino and I would like to thank the club and the fans for everything they have done for me. I am sure they can understand when the opportunity to join the biggest club in world came along it was something I had to do. To work with Louis van Gaal, a manager that has achieved so much in football is such an exciting prospect.”
Louis van Gaal said:
“Matteo is a right-sided full back with the versatility of also being able to play on the left. He is a strong defender and has the ability to go forward in the attacking positions which is a fantastic attribute to have and much needed in the fast rhythm of the Premier League. Matteo will be a great addition to the team. I am delighted to welcome Matteo to the club and look forward to working with him in the coming days.”
“My golf isn’t great but I’m happy to be here. The Foundation has done great work over the years and it still continues to do so, and you can see all the former players here who are helping to contribute.”
Manchester footballing managers past and present 'United' today but both on a very different green. Louis van Gaal took part in his first charity golf day, an event which takes place annually at Dunham Forest Golf and Country Club and is attended by Manchester United first-team players and legends.
He was joined by former manager Sir Alex Ferguson and a whole host of footballing greats such as Bryan Robson, Denis Irwin, Ryan Giggs and Wayne Rooney. Fans were also given the chance to play a round of gold with their footballing heroes. They raised £20,000 for the club's foundation.
The Dutch manager said, I think it’s very important for us to get involved with events for the Foundation to help those less privileged. It’s nice that and want to pay to play with us and it costs us little energy to make a difference.”
Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez was taken to hospital after suffering an injury while playing for Mexico against Honduras in a Gold Cup warm-up match on Wednesday night.
According to reports, the 27-year-old has suffered a broken collarbone, although the Mexican Football Federation has yet to confirm the nature of the injury.
"We have no report, all I know is that he has gone to hospital," coach Miguel Herrera said on the federation's website. "We have not yet seen the results.''
Hernandez was hurt shortly before half-time in a collision with Honduras defender Brayan Beckeles and signalled for help before being substituted. The match finished goalless in Houston.
A significant injury will not only rule Hernandez out of the Gold Cup but also complicate his attempts to secure a move away from Old Trafford after a season out on loan with Real Madrid, who declined to take up an option to make the move permanent.
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Former Manchester United and England full-back Phil Neville has joined the coaching staff of Valencia, the Spanish club have announced.
Tottenham striker Harry Kane is "flattered" to be linked with Manchester United but insists he is happy at White Hart Lane.
The 21-year-old has been linked with a big-money summer switch to Old Trafford after scoring 31 goals in all competitions for Spurs last term.
That included 21 in the Barclays Premier League, second behind only Manchester City's Sergio Aguero, in his first full campaign in the top-flight.
With United said to be at the head of a list of suitors, Kane, who is currently on duty with England Under-21s, admitted he was aware of interest but is content to remain in north London.
"I've seen there's interest but that's all I know," he told Sky Sports News HQ.
"It's flattering for other clubs to maybe be interested but I'm happy at Spurs and I'm looking forward to the future."
When he was asked whether it would be hard to turn down United, Kane replied: "Tottenham are a big club and that's the way people have got to see it.
"I'm at a big club now, I'm enjoying my football and I'm looking forward to next season."
Manchester United have announced the signing of Dutch winger Memphis Depay from PSV Eindhoven.
Depay joins on a four-year deal with the option to extend his stay for a further year in the future.
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