Mourinho lines up his first United transfer

For all of their defensive woes, one criticism no fan or pundit can have of Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United is that they concede silly goals.

With a potential Champions League place still up for grabs, Manchester United currently have the second best defence in the league, conceding only 31 goals in the process. And yet question marks still arise about the personnel in United’s back four and more pertinently how impressive David de Gea has been for the third season in a row.

No one can doubt the improvement in Chris Smalling this season who will be a certain starter this year in France for England. Daley Blind as well as seemingly adapted nicely into a deeper role in the central of defence, a position that is a key component of van Gaal’s philosophy – the ability to be able to play out of the back and have a defender who is almost a quarter back’s quarter back (if that makes sense!).

With van Gaal’s future far from certain as José Mourinho still waits in the wings, lingering like some managerial reaper, any rumour involving Manchester United can hardly be concrete with so many if’s and but’s going into the next season but one player that is supposedly catching the eye of the Manchester United hierarchy and Mourinho is Raphael Varane. Continue reading “Mourinho lines up his first United transfer”

Klopp returns to Germany for ANOTHER free transfer

After completing all the necessary pre-contract arrangements for the highly rated Joel Matip (here is my own article on the Cameroonian just days before the deal was announced), Klopp sets his sights once more on the German Bosman list to reinforce his squad for the coming season.

Ex-Arsenal trainee Havard Nordvteit seems the to be the next player who has made a name for himself in the Bundesliga to make the journey to the Premier League, and whilst he never made a first team appearance for Arsenal, the now 25 year old Norwegian has become a stalwart for Monchengladbach since his arrival in 2011. Continue reading “Klopp returns to Germany for ANOTHER free transfer”