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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.

Rio and Robin Credit: PA Images

"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.”

Van Gaal and Fergie 'unite' for Manchester charity

Van Gaal and Sir Alex Ferguson Credit: Manchester United foundation

“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.”

– Sir Alex Ferguson

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.”

United star Hernandez suffers 'broken collarbone'

Hernandez - faces a lengthy lay-off Credit: PA Pictures

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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