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Van Gaal behind striker shirt change

Manchester United youngster James Wilson has admitted boss Louis van Gaal influenced his decision to alter his shirt number.

The teenager made his debut for the club last season wearing No.47, but is now United's No.49.

James Wilson is one of United's brightest prospects. Credit: PA

Wilson, who came off the bench against Chelsea on Sunday, told MUTV: "As I’m a striker, the gaffer wanted me to have a nine in my number, and 49 was the closest."

Van Gaal blasts striker for celebration

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has slammed striker Robin van Persie for removing his shirt after scoring a dramatic late equaliser against Chelsea on Sunday.

The Dutch international scored deep into injury-time, subsequently celebrating by taking his shirt off, forcing referee Phil Dowd to caution him.

Robin van Persie was a touch excited by his goal. Credit: Reuters

''He did a stupid reaction after the goal,'' Van Gaal said.

''You can be excited but you don't have to pull your shirt off because then you have a yellow card. It is not so smart.''


Valdes offered chance to train with Man Utd

Victor Valdes has been linked with Liverpool recently. Credit: PA

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has offered former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes the chance to train with his side.

Valdes, 32, now a free agent, is recovering from a long-term knee injury and will have his recovery supervised by the United medical staff before training with the first team, as he bids to regain full fitness.

The goalkeeper had been linked with a move to Man Utd's rivals Liverpool in recent weeks.


West Brom mock Man Utd sub Fellaini on Twitter five minutes before he scores

Manchester United's much-maligned midfielder Marouane Fellaini had never scored for the club until last night's Premier League match at West Bromwich Albion. The Belgian came on as a sub and, with United trailing 1-0, equalised to leave whoever runs West Brom's Twitter feed with a red face. (The match finished 2-2.)

The club later apologised for the tweet.

Ronaldo 'not interested' in Man Utd return - agent

It looks as though Ronaldo will be staying with Real Madrid. Credit: PA

Cristiano Ronaldo's agent Jorge Mendes has put an end to the rumours that the Real Madrid forward could rejoin Manchester United.

It's been reported that the Old Trafford club were exploring the possibility of bringing back the man they sold to the Spanish giants for £80million in 2009.

However, Mendes told Spanish radio station Cadena COPE that Ronaldo will stay with Real Madrid 'forever'

"Cristiano is very happy at Real Madrid and has always been very happy. He’s going to break all the records with Real Madrid and he’s going to retire here," said Mendes.

"He has a lot of love for United because his heart was there for six years, but now he’s only thinking about Real Madrid and he’s going to stay here forever."

Last month a group of Man Utd fans flew a plane over a Real Madrid match with the message 'Come Home Ronaldo' clearly visible, it looks as though their wishes will not be granted.

Rio aspires to manage Man United or England one day

Ferdinand wants to manage the Red Devils one day. Credit: PA

Rio Ferdinand has aspirations to become the manager of former club Manchester United or England.

The 35 year-old, who has been panned for a series of disappointing displays since joining QPR as a player in July, told Manchester Evening News:

"I am not stupid enough to think that I will pass all my badges and then Manchester United will come asking me to become their manager.

"But I want to be the best in whatever field I go into and that means managing a big club like United or your country.

“Every player and manager will tell you that when you are growing up you want to play for the best team and it is the same in management."

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