Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has admitted that he is unsure about his role in Van Gaal’s squad following the arrival of Radamel Falcao.
Entrusted with the job to reshape the squad at Old Trafford, Manchester United have spent a busy summer and have acquired the services of Rojo, Blind, Di Maria, Herrera, Luke Shaw and the biggest name of them all, Radamel Falcao.
However doubts are being raised regarding the decision to sign Falcao considering the fact that United already have two good strikers in Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie. Wayne Rooney himself has revealed that he does not know what Van Gaal is planning for the squad but insisted that Falcao was a good buy for United, calling it a ‘statement of intent’.
“I don’t know how it will affect my role, you have to ask the manager. I think it’s a fantastic signing as he’s one of the best players in the world. It’s a real statement of intent. It’s an exciting time for the players.”
Falcao’s arrival coincided with rumours suggesting that Robin Van Persie was suffering from a serious knee injury, requiring correctional surgery. However the striker has denied such rumours stating that he is not going to be operated upon anytime soon.
“I am impressed that people have the imagination to make something like that up. I do not know where it comes from and can say with my hand on my heart that I’m not in a hospital the next time to operate.”
Meanwhile PSG’s President, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, has stated that Manchester United’s new star No 7, Angel Di Maria, was keen on moving to Paris but had to contend with Old Trafford after the French champions decided to end their pursuit.
“Di Maria wanted to come to Paris but even without FFP (Financial Fair Play), we wouldn’t have signed him.”
The President revealed that the club wouldn’t have pursued the winger even if FFP was not a constraint, suggesting rumours that they were unwilling to match Real Madrid’s asking price for the Argentine winger.
Di Maria on his part has thanked Manchester United for ‘meeting’ his price tag, revealing that he would have left Santiago Bernabeu last season had it not been for Cristiano Ronaldo.
“The truth is that I have a great friendship with Cristiano Ronaldo; thanks to him I stayed on another season at Real. I left the best way possible, after winning ‘La Décima’. I’m very grateful to Manchester United for paying what Real were wanting. I didn’t have to come out and set things straight.”
Talking about the pressure of being such an expensive signing and wearing the famous No 7 jersey at United, Angel Di Maria stated that he does not feel the pressure and admits that he has to get used to the physical style of football practiced at the English Premier League.
“I don’t think that I’m the most costly in the Premier. Wearing the No. 7 shirt is wonderful; the best players at United have worn that shirt, but I don’t feel under pressure because of it.”
“It’s all more physical, with more force, than in Spain. It’s a tough league, in which you have to run a lot. Van Gaal has told me to get used to it as soon as possible and to stay close to those further up the pitch.”
It now remains to be seen if Di Maria can emulate his friend Cristinao Ronaldo and go on to win the hearts at Old Trafford as their new star winger.