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Manchester United have been dealt a huge blow with the news that Robin van Persie will miss the start of the season because he is not fit enough. The Dutch striker recently returned to the club after the end of his holidays. Due to Netherlands being involved in the third-place play-off, van Persie has been given extended time off in order to recover. The 31-year-old was not at his best during the tournament as he struggled with fitness and tiredness issues. This was after a season of injuries with United.
Van Persie has been one of the best strikers at the club since his £ 24 million move from Arsenal two years ago. After almost single-handedly helping the club in the league title in his first season, the injuries prevented him from making a huge impact last season. Van Gaal has shown in pre-season that he is extremely keen on having players in the peak of their condition. He recently forced summer signing Luke Shaw to train on his own since the England international was not fit enough. United are expected to play an intense and high tempo football in the coming campaign.
Since when Persie is nowhere near enough to achieving full fitness before the start of the season, van Gaal has taken the decision to take him out of the first few matches.
“Robin wants to play every game, I know that, but so do the other 30 players in the squad. But players have to train and Robin needs a full training regime behind him before he can play again. Robin will begin training on Monday, but he won’t play in the friendly against Valencia on August 12, definitely not. And he won’t play in the Premier League at the start either, I think. People can criticise me for that decision but I know what you have to do with players who have had three weeks’ holiday,” said van Gaal.
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Rio Ferdinand is believed to be on the verge of a Manchester United exit in the summer, as the 35-year-old still has not renewed his contract with the club. It has been more than 10 years since Ferdinand joined the club. He became the club captain during the stellar period in the club’s history. Ferdinand, however, has not been a regular for United this season, as David Moyes has preferred to use the likes of Phil Jones and Jonny Evans in the centre of defence. Now that the manager is gone, Ferdinand is expected to feature for most of the remaining four matches.
However, former Manchester United winger Andrei Kanchelskis says that the club should consider letting Ferdinand leave in the summer since he is past his best. During his prime, Ferdinand was one of the best defenders in the world. He formed impeccable partnership with Nemanja Vidic and this was the basis of United’s success over the years. Along with Ferdinand, Kanchelskis also says that defender Rafael Da Silva should also be sold in the summer. United are on course to ending the worst season in the history, as the club are looking set to finish seventh in the table.
They’ll be missing out on European football for the first time since 1995.
“I do not understand why Rio Ferdinand and Rafael are still in the side. They are not up to the standard of Manchester United. Not all the players are ready to play for United, especially in defence and midfield. They need to get rid of a few players across the pitch. The number of injuries throughout the season also shows that not all is well with the club’s training regime. I really like [Jurgen Klopp]. I think his style would really suit Manchester United,” said the former United man.
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David Moyes (manager of Manchester United) is very coy in relation to whether Patrice Evra and Rio Ferdinand are going to retire after this football season comes to an end, following the lead of Nemanja Vidic who has recently announced his retirement plans.
In the first week of February, 2014 only Vidic announced that as soon as his contract with Manchester United expires he will quit the club. Vidic has been the defensive partner of Rio Ferdinand in the past. Therefore, it might happen that Ferdinand also leaves the club at the end of this football season.
Moyes is not confirming the possibility that in the next football season he will have to replace 3 experienced defenders for Manchester United. But he surely hopes that if Patrice Evra and Rio Ferdinand plan to quit, they will give him sufficient time to get their replacements.
According to Moyes, such a situation (losing senior defenders) can arise at any time. In relation to the three defenders who might leave Manchester United after this football season Moyes said that they three are great professionals who have always worked hard and they are still a part of the team. Vidic has clearly announced his decision whereas the other two have not revealed anything yet.
Patrice has been having talks with Moyes and things have been decided. But the world will get to know about them later, said Moyes. David Moyes is also of the opinion that Patrice has been a great player and role model for the Manchester United.
In order to replace Nemanja Vidic central defenders like Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Jonny Evans are going to work hard and David Moyes is going to give them an equal chance to prove their capabilities. Moyes is also thinking about nurturing players who can play centre-half (toughest position) efficiently.