Five things we learnt about Manchester United this week

Date: 25th August 2014 at 9:31 am
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Angel di MariaAfter their first two games of the season finished in a loss and a draw, Louis van Gaal’s new look Manchester United are definitely still a work in progress.

Despite the draw there were positives to take from their match on Sunday away to Sunderland such as their fighting spirit.

Juan Mata put them in front after 17 minutes and despite the home side coming back with a goal of their own, United kept pressing and looked the most likely to win all of the points.

Unfortunately time ran out and with only one point from a possible six the Red Devils now sit in 13th.

It is not all doom and gloom for the Old Trafford faithful however and here are five other things United taught us this week.

Marcos Rojo finally joins United

The ex-Sporting Lisbon man has been linked with a move to the Red Devils for some time but after the Portuguese club were reluctant to let their star man go it appears the 24 year old Argentine defender will in fact be lining up for the struggling club after a £16 million offer was accepted.

Rojo is a well admired player that featured for Argentina at this year’s World Cup, including the final, and considering new signing Luke Shaw is out injured for four weeks Rojo should get his start rather quickly.

Nani Nani has been loaned to Sporting Lisbon

After seven faithful years for United, the underachieving winger has been loaned to Sporting in the same deal that sent Marcos Rojo the other way.

Nani currently plays for Portugal’s national team and previously spent time playing for Sporting at both youth and senior level.

The 27 year old only made 11 league appearances for United last season and has been criticised for many years over his failure to live up to expectations.

Nani will hope this loan deal can rejuvenate a career that initially held so much promise.

Glazer family are set to stay put

United owners the Glazer family have committed their future to the club for at least another five years.

Despite difficult times in the post-Ferguson era, United are still estimated to be worth a very respectable £1.85 billion, proving that the disaster on the pitch hasn’t greatly affected the clubs market value just yet.

The Glazers are not particularly popular with sections of Old Trafford, but considering the club is worth double what they paid back in 2005,  it makes good business sense for the family to hold on to this asset.

Paul Scholes (Manchester United)Paul Scholes is rightly concerned about United

Ex-United midfielder Paul Scholes voiced his concerns over the direction of the club.

Comparing United’s recent troubles to those that saw Liverpool decline in the nineties, Scholes believes that drastic action must occur before it’s too late.

He went on to say that the current squad is not strong enough and that manager Louis van Gaal will need to sign another five players if they are going to fight for any silverware this season.

Angel Di Maria is set to be a record signing

With the summer transfer window closing next Monday, clubs across Europe are frantically trying to finalise their transfer dealings.

The spotlight is firmly on United after their so-so performances but Angel Di Maria, after much speculation, finally appears to be on his way to Old Trafford.

Di Maria stated his desire to leave current club Spanish giants Real Madrid last week and now a £64 million fee is said to have been agreed which will make it by far the highest transfer fee paid by an English club.

Di Maria’s arrival has been hotly anticipated as he is seen as a player with the ability to transform United’s weak midfield.

United supporters. With one week until the window closes how do you feel about United’s transfer dealings? Should the club try to obtain any last minute signings? Let us know your thoughts below or tweet us @LaFootyettes

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