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Casillas would welcome Man United star at Real

David De Gea, left, could join Iker Casillas at Real Madrid. Credit: PA

Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas insists he would welcome the arrival of Manchester United number one David de Gea at the Bernabeu this summer.

De Gea is under contract at Old Trafford for another season, but has been linked with Real after failing to agree to a new deal with the Red Devils.

If De Gea does come here, he will be welcomed. Competition is good and there is not a clause in my contract which states that I have to be number one.

In this club, you have to understand that any day they can sign a goalkeeper or any player and if that is going to increase the level, all the better.

We have a good relationship and I will give him a helping hand.

We will have to fight and compete for a place just like we do in the national team.

– Iker Casillas speaking to Cadena Ser.

Man United cause furious backlash in Northern Ireland

Manchester United have caused a furious backlash in Northern Ireland after they pulled out of the Milk Cup youth tournament.

United's stars will not compete in the pre-season tournament. Credit: PA

United have been regulars at the tournament over the past 25 years, but the club have confirmed they will not take part this summer.

"After a thorough assessment of the pre-season training needs of the first team and a detailed assessment of the medical impact of that plan on the reserves, Manchester United has decided not to enter a team in the Dale Farm Milk Cup," a statement from the club read.

Organisers of the tournament, which takes place across Northern Ireland, said they were "shocked" by the announcement as they claim they were told recently that United would be sending a team.

"We are disappointed by United's decision," tournament chairman Victor Leonard said in a statement.

"It is a shock to us and will come as a huge blow to the legions of United supporters in the Province who back the club over the week of our event.

"We had written confirmation from them that they would be competing and the fact they have gone back on their word is extremely disappointing."

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Rooney confident of winning title at Man United next year

Wayne Rooney insists Manchester United will mount a serious title challenge next season.

Rooney is confident United can challenge for the title next season. Credit: PA

A difficult first season of the Louis van Gaal era ended with a somewhat underwhelming 0-0 draw at Hull on Sunday.

Despite a disappointing run of one win in their final six games, United achieved their aim of Champions League qualification - but Rooney is hungry for so much more.

The United skipper is used to challenging for titles and that is what he wants to be doing next season.

Van Gaal's team finished 17 points behind this year's winners Chelsea, but Rooney insists the gap between the two teams is capable of being bridged, so long as the club make the right moves in the transfer market.

He said:

I believe we are (close). You take the first 10 games and I think we had 13 points. When you consider from after that amount of games to where we've finished, we've probably got as many points after that as anyone else.

I think we're close, there's no doubt about it. You can see in our performances, we're outplaying teams, dominating possession, and it's just that final thing of taking our chances.

In the (defeat at) Chelsea, if I had scored that chance with my left foot then it could have been a completely different game and might have put them under a bit of pressure - it might have been a lot closer than it's finished.

As a group of players, myself and the manager - we all believe we're close and I'm sure with a player or two in the summer we'll have a good chance of going for the title.

– Wayne Rooney speaking to Sky Sports

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Paul Scholes urges Man United to sign Chelsea legend

Paul Scholes has urged former club Man United to sign Petr Cech if they lose David de Gea this summer.

Would Man United fans welcome Petr Cech at Old Trafford? Credit: PA

Red Devils stopper De Gea has enjoyed a sensational campaign, saving United on numerous occasions with world class saves.

The Spaniard's form has seen him linked with European giants Real Madrid, where long-serving skipper Iker Casillas is coming under increased scrutiny for his performances.

Writing in his Independent column, Old Trafford legend Scholes explains why he thinks Louis van Gaal should move for Cech, who has been displaced by Thibaut Courtois at Stamford Bridge this season.

Scholes said:

If De Gea does go, United should sign Petr Cech.

Cech has only just turned 33. He could potentially play another six years for United. There would be no concern about having to give him time to play his way into the position or the demands that the Premier League makes of a goalkeeper new to the country.

United won’t want to lose De Gea but there is a solution in the offing.

– Man United legend Paul Scholes
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