Despite Chelsea’s interest, Everton manager Roberto Martinez maintains that he has no concerns about Stones’ focus ahead of their “huge game” at home to City.
Eligible for selection for Chelsea’s Premier League clash away at West Brom on Sunday, the 28-year-old immediately joined his new team-mates for training at Cobham.
It was believed that United were in for Barcelona and now Chelsea winger Pedro, however, the United boss denied those claims when asked about him by reporters.
Regardless, United supporters will be somewhat concerned at United’s lack of progress in the latter stages of this summer and will be eager to see glaring holes in the squad fixed before the transfer window closes, notably at centre-back and up front.
“It is the same with us”.
Van Gaal has no quarrel with Ed Woodward even though it was suggested that the Dutchman and the executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward have not been on good terms, after losing Pedro Rodriguez to Chelsea this week, reports The Guardian.
“I have the idea that you want to separate Ed Woodward from me”.
United still have talent in their ranks with Adnan Januzaj, Memphis Depay and Juan Mata, and Van Gaal could stick with those attackers after revealing he has no pressure to buy. I am really looking forward to playing under him and hopefully winning more titles.
“It was the easiest transfer”. What we are doing is guiding a process and in that process we make decisions’. I was not expected John or any other player I replace to be jumping or dancing in the dressing room, but he behaved professionally.
“We understood that the player was ready to leave the club of his dreams, the club of his heart, the club where he had played since he was a kid and where he’d won absolutely everything”.
Pedro no longer commanded a regular place in the Barca starting lineup following the arrival of Uruguay striker Luis Suarez past year.
“New players are always welcome, so obviously I’m happy that they have come to us”.
“When we buy it has to be a contribution to our selection and it has to be not against any price”.
Van Gaal was also coy when asked about United’s interest in Southampton forward Sadio Mane.
“I really want to enjoy being here and playing in this league”.
“Maybe Manchester United fell asleep”, Sanz told Radio Club Tenerife.
United are arguably the biggest club in the world along with Real Madrid and are aiming for the Premier League title this season. “That is the difference”, argued Van Gaal. You never know. I think he can still do better because when you are not fit enough then it is hard to show your highest level. He has a lot of respect and he loves Iniesta, Messi, Neymar, all these guys who played with him all these years. At half-time I explained what I wanted to do in the second half, and every player listened: I wanted to push up, press high with the midfield line the reference for the defenders.