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Depay: 'I want to be a legend'

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Memphis Depay is sure Louis van Gaal will help him realise his dream of becoming an all-time great at Manchester United.

Van Gaal stole a march on his rivals in May when he completed the signing of Depay from PSV Eindhoven for £25million. Paris St Germain offered Depay a fortune, but once he knew he was wanted by Van Gaal, Depay's mind was made up.

"After (United) came in for me and I spoke with the manager it was very clear for me. I had already made my decision," the United forward said.

Depay scored 22 league goals for PSV last season and much is expected of him in his first term at United.

"I am very hungry. I want to be a legend at one time in history,"

"But the important thing to do for me is to focus on the next game, not to be that far in my head because I have to do my job in every game.

"Maybe one time I can be a legend. Of course it is an honour to have that positive sound from the fans and the legends that talk about me. I am grateful for that."

– Memphis Depay


Man Utd goalkeeper's 'respect' tweet

Manchester United goalkeeper Victor Valdes has tweeted a cryptic message after allegations he refused to play in reserve games.

Valdes has been left out of the club's pre-season trip to America, when asked why, Utd Boss Van Gaal said: "He is not selected because he does not follow our philosophy.

"When that is the case, there is not a place for a player.

"Last season, he refused to play in the second team and there are other aspects you need as a keeper at United.

"When you are not willing to follow those principles, there is only one way and that is out."


Schweinsteiger signs for Manchester United

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Manchester United have confirmed the signing of Germany World Cup winner Bastian Schweinsteiger on a three-year deal.

The 30-year-old made 500 appearances for Bayern Munich and won eight Bundesliga medals, as well as earning 111 caps for his country.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Bayern Munich, it has been an incredible journey and I didn't take the decision to leave lightly.

Manchester United is the only club that I would have left Munich for. I feel ready for this new and exciting challenge in what I regard as the most competitive league in the world and I am looking forward to working with Louis van Gaal again.

I will never forget my time at Bayern Munich and I would like to thank everyone at the club and the fans for the great memories.

– Bastian Schweinsteiger

Rio praises van Persie ahead of Fenerbahce move

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.

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"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!"

– Rio Ferdinand

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.

Joining Manchester United 'a dream come true' for Matteo Darmian

Darmian, 25, has made 146 appearances and scored 5 league goals for Torino since his debut in 2011 Credit: PA Images

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.”

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