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Quite a clever piece done by the Guardian on LVG's career, and the graphics are pretty funny as well--puts a little humor in the Iron Tulip. Enjoy guys.

http://s.telegraph.co.uk/graphics/projects/the-van-gaal-dossier/index.html
"In 1969 I gave up women and alcohol... it was the worst 20 minutes of my life." - George Best
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"If one had to choose between shagging Ms World and dribbling from halfway down the pitch, past 4 defenders and scoring at Anfield, it would be a tough decision to make.

Fortunately, I have done both"

- George Best
http://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/aug/21/paul-scholes-scared-manchester-united-wilderness

This is ridiculous, he wants us to sign 4 real madrid players and dortmund's captain? come on paul, lets be realistic here.
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Yeah the list of players is just absurd.

I think he is right on a few things but I can't help but feel Scholes is pandering to the media diatribe, he launched that attack on Rooney during the WC for seemingly no reason at all as well.

He is my favourite ever player both for his game and his personality, I was very surprised that he went into a career as a columnist / pundit after football, it doesn't suit him, just feels like a big name on the same regurgitated gutter press.
We should just trying chucking £70m at Madrid for Khedira and Di Maria.
Varane, Xabi and Mats are unrealistic tbh, but even Scholes admits that landing them would probably never happen.
He's just using them as examples of players we should be going for. You can see the type of player that Scholesy thinks we need. Kroos and Fabregas would also fall in that category but of course we didn't go for them.
Khedira wants to leave also but we haven't been linked to him all summer. Makes no goddamn sense to me.

How often are players like Fabregas, Kroos, Di Maria, Khedira available?! If we don't get at least one of them, I'd be really pissed. Just like we let Thiago and strootman go last season as well
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Khedira and Di Maria are our most realistic targets atm. Considering their situation at RM we can get both.

Just give them Fellaini and Anderson ;)
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i dont care about getting di maria to be honest, we all know we need a CM or two and CBs. spending 50 million pound on a winger would be stupid if we want to continue using this 3-5-2 shape.
So this guy get a six months ban for doing this lol what a joke

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lT5Z4EAuOZ8
"Di Maria asked to go in the summer and has rejected an offer from the club, The player has to look for a solution.

"If when the transfer market closes he's still here, he will work with us like last season and there will be no problem.”

- Ancelotti

Faint hint of a chance? PSG publicly ended their interest in Di Maria a few weeks ago, bit of talk they might go in for him on loan though...

He also confirmed Khedira has asked away from the club as well.
@Kreddevil / Badge

Cant see us getting both, too much competition sniffing around Khedira, most notably Arsenal and Bayern.

Di Maria we've got an outside chance of getting.

PSG have already said they cant afford him with the FFP stipulations but there is talk they might take him on loan, not sure how that would work as they have a wage embargo as well and have not sold anyone significant I don't think, they've brought in Luiz too who is hardly on pocket money, I don't see Madrid covering any of the wages neither.

Have Monaco made any major moves this summer? I cant think of any, City and PSG took the FFP bat to the face and I think Monaco are now watching their step, if they wanted Di Maria surely they would have asked for him in part exchange for J.Rodriguez, I've not heard of any interest from Monaco anyway.

Probably the only reason I have any optimism on signing Di Maria, there doesn't appear to be stiff competition atm, big ask getting him to drop from a CL winning team to a team trying to get back in the CL though...
Ancelotti on Khedira situation: “It’s a different situation to Di María. He’s not asked to go. He’s rejected an offer to renew, but has a year of contract. We’ll see what happens."
If we can get both of them it will be a succesful summer for woodward right?i know our defend weak atm but for me with khedira n maria joining us we can cover the defend a little bit.is there any top club need to sign any midfield atm,the answer is only us i guess..
http://m.bbc.com/sport/football/28883329

It's on BBC too. Must be somewhat true. Aren't Monaco after him? I feel like a sugar daddy club will buy him.
@StretEndArising

Cheers for clearing up the Khedira quotes.

Sky Sports said Khedira had also asked to leave which doesn't look to be the case, although with one year left on his contract and a rejection of a new deal he might as well have.
@MUFC1990

Agree on that.i really hoping to see a new cm cdm for us,it hv been our weak spot for long time but i would not say no for maria.he is world class winger n much better winger that we have atm since CR leave.hopefully we can bring 1@2 player before its close..
Since PSG want Di Maria, why don't we go in and get Veratti from them, I think they might be willing to negotiate :P
@REDDevil98
Veratti? When was the last time you looked at your team sheet. lol. How many small playmakers are you hoping to horde?
Better than getting no one, United have Fellaini so that might even out LMAO
So both khedira and di maria have asked to leave the club. I wonder if we will get either one.
Yeah I've posted the quotes above mate, couldn't find the Khedira ones.

Straight from the horses mouth, both would be pretty damn amazing but just one of those two would be brilliant, I'd like to say I was optimistic though lol.
Maria or khedira if one of those??
actually nvm both have rejected contract extension but only di maria has asked to leave. either way we should bid on khedira, he's a great player and only has a year on contract. hopefully his wages are not ridiculous.
I prefer Khedira if I it between those two, we need a CM that command the midfield and Khedira would be perfect if we can't get Vidal
Liverpool is getting Mario. I dont know what we are doing. We have to fill lots of voids even to challenge top 4. All others are getting what they want.
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Well at least they still signing someone which also their need atm to sign a cf,we still shett atm when we really need a cm@cdm cb and world class winger..
I'd rather buy no one than Balotelli.
That man is a bomb ready to explode at any second, he is inconsistent and when he is not in the mood in the field (alot) it's not only him who will play bad but it will infect the whole team. It happened in City and they wanted him away, and it's happening right now in Milan. His attitude is contagious and will only be negative to the suroundings.
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we dont need balotelli anyway. we need A MIDFIELDER, defender and a winger
When he is on form he is a top player. Just his attitude that is the problem. Strange how Liverpool are replacing Suarez with Balotelli, seems they haven't learnt their lesson. Get rid of one player who disgraces the club and bring in another.

He is still young and may mature in a few years, he certainly has the football ability. Just think its a big risk. The only team that look interested are Liverpool, there is a reason for this. Mourinho and Mancini couldn't control him. Let's see how Rodgers does.
LOL, the s**t talk begins. Most of us will support him, but really we're not even sure how Rodgers will be able to control him, some of us are afraid that he might have an adverse effect on the squad.
Saying that, people were criticizing us about buying Sturridge for 12 million, we're selling Borini for 14 million(if he agrees to leave) and bringing in Balotelli for 16 million. Its a gamble, there's no doubt about that, I'm not going to lie, but if it pays out, we definitely will hit the jackpot. We will have spent a net 2 million for him, not a bad gamble eh?
Look you're going to have to make gambles on players if you either want to stay in the top 4 or get to the top 4.
Remember, SAF called Sturridge a huge gamble, pundits said Coutinho was a gamble. To restate my point: You need to take chances sooner or later to get where you want.
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I'm with Extery, this will be a strange signing.

He has got the talent but his temperament is awful and he still has a running battle with the English press despite the fact he left the country two seasons ago lol, he doesn't seem to let go of things easily.

You could argue they've handled this before with Suarez but Suarez is a far better and more importantly consistent player than Balotelli, he could be brilliant one week then just cba or get himself sent off the next.

He has no reliability and the capacity to stir up trouble in the dressing room, training ground pics of him fighting with several City players just don't go down well at all and I think Balotelli will think of himself as top dog in Liverpool with Suarez gone, that type of personality.

How long are they going to get out of him as well? Assuming he does complete a move to Liverpool this will be his 4th CL level club and the guy has only just turned 24, what are they looking at from him here? 2 seasons? This guy is another Ibra without the consistent brilliance, will whore himself all over Europe, he will play for like 7-8 European clubs by the time his career is done mark my words.

Anyone who thinks Rodgers is going to just magically fix him are deluded as well, he is no miracle worker, Balotelli thought of Mancini like a father, if he cant settle for him then he isn't settling for anyone, not even Fergie, even Mou with all his own antics washed his hands of him.

If it goes well though it could be a great signing, as I said the talent is there but I do think this is a bad decision, one trouble causer out the door, another brought in, only no where near as good.
we paid just 16 million , for that price its a bargain i mean come on...

35 million on caroll

20 million on downing

29 million for fellaini

if you consider this he is a damn bargain...and worth the risk..

and Suarez,with all his flaws i don't think there is not one club in the world that won't have him.
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i already dislike baloteli and i will have more reason to do so now, since he is going to be joining the scum
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Pretty sure Fellaini was 27.5 but yeah point taken.

I guess at £16m its worth the risk, depends what the wages are going to be as well though I guess, Balotelli has that mentality where he can cost you games though, its definitely a big risk.

As I said Suarez is flawed but he is a far better and more consistent performer than Balotelli that's why most teams would take him, not many clubs would go for Balotelli if that's what you're suggesting...

@Skorm

This isn't s**t talk.

Its an observation based on how Balotelli's career has gone so far, these are all facts mate, you cant sweep them conveniently under the rug because Liverpool are interested.

But yeah I agree, you have to take risks.
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We will sort him out, no worries lads. ;)
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Why should we care?
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I feel like Rodgers will get the best out of him. He's a good player but needs someone to make him get his s**t together.

He's a good striker and LFC was in desperate need of one.

And that's what you do in football. When you need a player in a certain position, YOU GET ONE. Now FFS let's buy some goddamn players!!
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Its a bad buy due to the lack of 'big name' strikers in the market. I have a feeling the board is more inclined to this transfer than Rodgers himself.


Anyway, it either backfires and we implode or we play very well. Regardless, im looking forward to it.
Talking purely numbers here. How many more players do you think we will bring in this window? Only 11 days to go!

A) None

B) One

C) Two

D) Three or more
I'm assuming we are discounting Herrera, Shaw and Rojo as they're already signed up.

I'd say one more, given injury's we need three or more but I just don't think the club has it in them to sign three players in ten days.

Tbh I think we will be very lucky to even see two more signed, that's a negative outlook I know but we are yet to be proven wrong, I can see another mad scrap on deadline day and us ending up with just one more player.

That is my brutal and honest assessment of how terribly run United is in the transfer market these days, the club cant seem to get anything done quickly and efficiently, every transfer always turns into a f*****g saga.
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Yeah, I meant from now. I can see the same deadline day rush too. Maybe one more player in. We even have sagas for players we are not interested in!
Ideally we'd want 3 more. At least one more CB, one CM, and a winger.

Realistically I see us breaking the bank for one player and that's it. It's too late to bring in a couple of players now. We should've done that earlier.
So one.
While I agree in principle with Scholes' recent media comments, I do have concern though about the form and structure of his proposals.

The EPL still remains an English League, though global appeal coupled with gloabl recruitment has indeed made the league exciting, It's completely ruined the English national team. He stopped short of calling Jones and Smalling poor players, which would not entirely be a wrong opinion but would raise even more doubts around the real benefits of recruiting external experienced talent.

Most top tier clubs recuit local talent from "lesser" opposition in the league but we see little emphasis on growing the local boys into future team leaders. The results just come quicker if you order a ready made "burger" than the old use the ingredients you have to make what you want.

Scholes came from an era where the United team was built on a talented core of Home grown youth which, even to this day, is an appealing bunch of super stars to the global audience. I have a Giggs SHARP jersey. #CLASSOF91. They came into the fold young and they have rose to super stardom.

To me, Utd will simply be adopting the strategy that works nowadays, "BUY A TROPHY." I still believe the same talent that Scholes is and was given a chance long ago still exists in the academy set-up of the Premier league.

If the FA does proceed with the quota system, Isn't it more viable to consolidate the Youth System? Is buying big the only way. Experience is key but youth is the future. Isn't that what Fergie tried to do when he signed up the likes of Jones, Smalls, Clevs e.t.c.

My 2cents
just woke up and almost had a heart attack. thought it said on skysports "Man United land Marco Reus"

but it was just was Marcos Rojos :(
Marco Reus will be next, follow by Marko Marin and Marco Materazzi back from retirement.
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