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Manchester United - The Dutchman's Devils

Started on 19 October 2014 by Josh_MU
Latest Reply on 31 December 2014 by Feliks
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Good signing, but I don't think its very realistic Josh :P
Some great updates btw, I'm really looking forward to this story :)

Gary Neville: Manchester United need a 'world class signing' to bring back the fear factor of old.



Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville believes that Manchester United need a 'world class' signing to bring back their fear factor.

The former Manchester United defender says that his former club must bring in someone with incredible talent along the lines of Cristiano Ronaldo or Angel Di Maria as the current squad lacks a player of their quality. However, he warns his old club that they should make sure that the squad is fully balanced from attack to defence.

The club have already brought in three players this transfer window so far, with Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera and Marcos Rojo all joining the club for a combined total of 75 million pounds, but Neville has said that this is not enough to fully rebuild a great squad like Manchester United's as the players signed are more for the future.

"The players van Gaal has brought in all have amazing potential, but a team like Manchester United shouldn't be fully focusing on the future as they need to get back into the top four this season, meaning that they should be looking at more established players along the lines of Ronaldo and Di Maria as they can make a real difference to the team straight away."


"I'd like to see van Gaal break the bank for one of those types of players as United have not really splashed the cash on a player like them in a long time. Even though the philosophy of Manchester United is to really not splash the cash on foreign players, in this situation, the philosophy has to be broken or United will simply to achieve their goals this season."

Neville has also highlighted that signing a world class player would give Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie more competition as Neville believes that they are only the two world class players in the United team, and adding a possible third could be the confidence boost needed for both of them to perform well each week as he thinks that they have become less interested as they know they will be picked each game.


Rooney(left) and van Persie(right) formed a great partnership in United's 2012/13 title winning season.


Neville also believes that van Gaal should 'not bother' with his 3-5-2 formation which worked effectively in Brazil as the pace and intensity of the Premier League is too much for that particular formation to handle. He thinks that having no cover for the wing-backs is a disaster waiting to happen as teams can exploit the wings and destroy United's defence.

"Playing formations like 3-5-2 is a sin in the Premier League. It's like offering the opposition a free chance to exploit the wings with every attack they make. You need extraordinary full-backs to play that wing-back role and I just don't think Rafael and Luke Shaw would be up to the task of continuously running up and down the wings."

"It's also a total mismatch with many teams now playing a 4-2-3-1, as the 4 attacking players can destroy the back 3 of United if the wing-backs have pushed up too much. I could be proven wrong if van Gaal decides to use this formation and it is a success, but at a club like Manchester United, you cannot take that kind of risk."

United still have time to make a few more signings, and with a huge transfer budget apparently available to van Gaal, he would be wise to use as much of it as possible to get the right players to make the impact needed at Manchester United, ones who can lead them back up into the top four of the Premier League.
Angel di Maria?!?! No, surely not! :O
I hate Man United, but I want this story to go well so good luck with it Josh ;)
Excellently written updates Josh, love this sort of style!
@Tanay: Haha thanks ;)

@Walt: Omfg surely yes!

@Jack: Thank you Jack xD.

@Joshie: Thank you very much man!
I would hedge my bets on Di Maria, for £56m
Gonna say someone like Messi or bringing back Ronnie would do the trick. Good luck. Will be following.
@Tallery: Imagine if that happened... :o

@Xander: Haha yeah thanks man!
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9 yearsEdited

BREAKING: Manchester United sign Ángel Di María for record breaking fee


Manchester United have signed Ángel Di María from Real Madrid for a recording breaking fee of 59.7 million pounds.

Angel di Maria finally became a Manchester United player for a British record £59.7million on Tuesday night and immediately claimed he would not have left Real Madrid for any other club.
The Argentinean winger signed a five-year contract at Old Trafford that will net him £6.5m a year after tax. That will put the 26-year-old just behind United captain Wayne Rooney in terms of earnings and takes the club’s investment in the player to beyond the 100 million mark.


"I am absolutely delighted to be joining Manchester United, I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in Spain and there were a lot of clubs interested in me, but United is the only club that I would have left Real Madrid for."

"Louis van Gaal is a fantastic coach with a proven track record of success and I am impressed by the vision and determination everyone has to get this club back to the top – where it belongs. I now just cannot wait to get started."


The deal will take the club’s summer spend to £130.7m, with United still intent on adding further signings before 1 September. Juventus’s Arturo Vidal, Milan’s Nigel de Jong and Ajax’s Daley Blind are all prospective targets as van Gaal continues to try and strengthen his new United side before the start of the Premier League.


Di María was presented the vacant number 7 shirt, which legends such as Eric Cantona, David Beckham and George Best previously wore.


Di Maria is the sixth most expensive global signing ever, topped only by the big money paid out by Spanish giants Real and Barcelona, with Real signing Gareth Bale for £85m, Cristiano Ronaldo for £80m and James Rodriguez for £63m, while Barcelona paid between £65m and £75m for Luis Suarez, and £71m for Neymar. United last broke the British transfer record when they paid Leeds £29.1m for former England defender Rio Ferdinand in 2002, making all United fans around the globe excited to see the new number 7 play.

Negotiations moved fast on Monday with the haggling over his price – Real were reported to want around £75m – and discussions over Di María’s personal terms running smoothly enough for the player to change plans and fly into Manchester late on Monday evening before being driven to United’s Carrington training base, with the club's official twitter account confirming the signing of the Argentine a few hours later.

The capture of Di María improves Manchester United's squad drastically, adding pace and precision into their general game and with the spending rumoured to be still not done yet, who knows what Louis van Gaal will pull out the hat as we head into the closing weeks of this crazy Summer transfer window.
Superbly layed out updates, will be interesting to see which signings you make! ;)
NO WAY! :O

(Loving the layout, v. smoooooth ;) )
More like Devil Dí Maria ;)
Now I didn't see that signing coming.......! A great start to the story, long may it continue.
@Joshie: Haha thanks Joshie!

@Walt: Thaaaaaaaank ya Walt!

@Justice: Very punny. ;)

@James: Thank you very much James! :)

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