Manchester United’s new era has already begun strongly under Louis van Gaal with a 7-0 thrashing of LA Galaxy at the Rose Bowl in the Chevrolet Cup, and the Red Devils look to continue their form into the International Champions Cup in preparation for the 2014/15 Premier League campaign next month.
Life under van Gaal started well as Danny Welbeck instigated the rout on Thursday, backed up by braces from Wayne Rooney, Ashley Young and youngster Reece James as Manchester United were dominant at the start of their USA tour.
United now fly to Denver to play Roma in Saturday’s opening match of the Champions Cup, which also features the likes of AC Milan, Manchester City, Liverpool, Real Madrid and Inter Milan. Betfair are offering enhanced odds 7/1 for Manchester United to beat Roma in their 4pm Saturday clash, in an exclusive sign up offer for new customers.
New summer signing Ander Herrera played a starring role in an experimental 3-4-1-2 formation, the former Athletic Bilbao player producing an eye-catching performance on his first outing as a United player following a £29m transfer.
Life after David Moyes appears promising for Manchester United after a ghastly season that saw many unwanted records earned by the former Everton manager, finishing seventh in the Premier League and losing European Football from their agenda for the coming season.
The appointment of Dutch international coach van Gaal has instantly changed the aura of the side during the summer, the Red Devils now 9/2 to reclaim their Premier League title with William Hill who offer £50 in free bets for new customers.
Player-turned-assistant manager, Ryan Giggs, compared the new coach to former manager Sir Alex Ferguson, saying in The Guardian: “They have an aura about them. They demand the players respond and they demand respect. In the short space of time I have worked with [van Gaal] you can see why he has been a success. He is infectious.”
The signing of Herrera came after the initial arrival of Vanja Milinkovi? from FK Vojvodina, the Serbian stopper brought in alongside regular goalkeeper David de Gea. The 20-time league champions also finally completed a £27m swoop for Southampton left-back Luke Shaw, the hot-shot youngster now taking over the role held previously by Patrice Evra after the 33-year-old announced a £1.2m move to Juventus.
A blow has hit their efforts to entice Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal to the club however after the Chilean reportedly told the media he does not want a move from Turin. Colombian Juan Cuadrado has been linked, as have Holland’s Memphis Depay and recently-released Angel di Maria – eyed also by PSG.
The list of departures emphasise the change in progress, as many loyal names etched into the club’s success have already moved on to new ventures. Giggs’ retirement followed Nemanja Vidic’s move to Inter Milan, while fellow defenders Rio Ferdinand and Evra also copmleted transfers to Queens Park Rangers and Juventus respectively.
The new season kicks off on Saturday 16 August 2014, Manchester United facing Swansea at Old Trafford to kick off their title challenge and open the 2014/15 season.