Two goals from Wayne Rooney in the first half helped United to a 4-1 win over Aston Villa.

Saturday’s Transfer Rumor Roundup: Cavani for Rooney, Pogba to Chelsea

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The transfer rumor roller coaster continues to roll down the tracks at an alarming rate this ‘silly season’, especially with the expected ramping-up of activity from Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal once the Netherlands finish their World Cup run with Saturday’s third-place game against Brazil.

We’ve already told you the latest on Colombia’s James Rodriguez and Catalan attacker Bojan Krkic, so what else is reverberating around world soccer this weekend?

We’ll begin at Old Trafford, where the buzz around Angel Di Maria continues to build. Multiple reports say the asking price from Real Madrid is nearing $70 million, but that fee probably won’t scare off van Gaal. However, Metro is claiming that the 26-year-old is now questioning whether he wants to play on a team outside of the Champions League, and that Juventus and PSG could all swoop in.

A French report from Le 10 Sport says Edinson Cavani has a 50 percent chance of leaving PSG and could make his way to Manchester United. They also say the Parisian club would love to swap Cavani for Wayne Rooney and cash, so there’s that. United is also said to be moving towards a big bid for Juve star Arturo Vidal.

Where will Wilfried Bony wind up if Swansea City is forced to sell the star forward? Liverpool and Tottenham are ready to go in for the Ivorian, who scored 25 goals between Europe and the Premier League in 2013/14. Loic Remy, long-rumored for Arsenal, is being listed as a No. 2 option for Liverpool.

Jose Mourinho has made his feelings known on Juventus star Paul Pogba, which of course has triggered reports that Chelsea will go in for the Frenchman. The cost is said to be a paltry $102 million.

Newcastle United is all over the rumor mill as speculation mounts that Montpellier’s Remy Cabella is coming Tyneside. Alan Pardew’s club is also being linked with Dutch back Daryl Janmaat, Manchester City’s Micah Richards and the Ivory Coast’s Serge Aurier.

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has no interest in watching another top player leave St. Mary’s, and says he’ll fight to keep Dejan Lovren from skipping town for Liverpool or any other location. Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert have all left Southampton since the end of last season.

Barcelona put alleged Cameroonian matchfixer Alex Song on the market, but apparently there have been a lot of crickets chirping.

MLS Snapshot: Orlando City SC 2-1 Montreal Impact

Cyle Larin, Orlando City SC

The game in 100 words (or less): For weeks, it was a widely held belief that the Montreal Impact would snatch up the sixth and final playoff place in the Eastern Conference with little or no resistance from their opposition. As they went six games unbeaten (four wins), all looked to be setting up perfect for the club that fired Frank Klopas midseason, but there was another team in the race for sixth that kept winning themselves: Orlando City SC. On Saturday night, Montreal and Orlando City faced off at the Citrus, with the expansion Lions claiming their fourth-straight victory with a 2-1 triumph. Montreal now holds a one-point lead on Orlando in the race for sixth, and have two games in hand, but it’s no longer a foregone conclusion L’Impact will qualify for the playoffs no resistance whatsoever.

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Three moments that mattered

33′ — Bush’s mistake gifts Larin the opening goal — Larin did what your taught to do as a striker — “put it on frame, test the goalkeeper” — but in no universe does a shot so feeble have any business finding the back of the net. Evan Bush has been great this year. Hopefully (for Montreal’s sake), this howler doesn’t turn into the yips with the playoffs looming.

43′ — Hall’s “mistake” gifts Oduro an equalizer — Dominic Oduro equalized in the 43rd minute, when he took the ball out of the hands of Tally Hall and smashed it into the back of the net, but the goal should have been disallowed due to Hall having full control of the ball.

80′ — Hines hits the winner for Orlando — Seb Hines put the ball back into the mixer and just so happened to find the back of the net in the 80th minute. Sometimes that’s all it takes.

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Man of the match: Seb Hines

Goalscorers: Larin (33′), Oduro (43′), Hines (80′)

MLS Snapshot: NY Red Bulls 2-1 Columbus Crew SC

Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York Red Bulls
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The game in 100 words (or less): Two weeks in a row Columbus Crew SC have had a chance to go top of the Eastern Conference with a victory, and two weeks in a row Crew SC have failed to take a single point from massively important fixtures. Their latest defeat, a 2-1 humbling at the hands of the East-leading New York Red Bulls, started so well for Gregg Berhalter’s side, but was undone by a pair of costly, comedic defensive errors that allowed Lloyd Sam and Bradley Wright-Phillips (15th of the season) to erase an early deficit (Justin Meram) and win all three points. The result not only keeps the Red Bulls top of the East, but gives them a three- and four-point cushion with three and two games in hand on their nearest competitors., D.C. United and New England Revoltion respectively. For Crew SC, they’re four points back of the Red Bulls in fourth place, one point ahead of fifth-place Toronto FC, who have a game in hand.

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Three moments that mattered

9′ — Meram pokes it past Robles for an early lead — Meram “earned” his goal all the way back in midfield, when the Iraqi international’s mazy run took a routine turnover inside Crew SC’s defensive half and turned it into a dangerous counter-attacking opportunity. Harrison Afful overlapped and provided the cross for Meram to send home.

12′ — Sam capitalizes on multiple mistakes to equalize — Crew SC pass the ball out of the back. They don’t boot it forward to clear. It’s just what they do. Sometimes, that’ll bite you. When your goalkeeper and right back both have blunders clearing the ball 10 seconds apart, you probably deserve to concede an ugly, scrappy goal.

21′ — Wright-Phillips capitalizes on more defensive gaffes — See the above description for Red Bulls goal no. 1.

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Man of the match: Damien Perrinelle

Goalscorers: Meram (9′), Sam (12′), Wright-Phillips (21′)