The Netherlands’ adventure in Brazil has come to an end, with the Dutch triumphantly sealing third-place — a much higher World Cup finish than most predicted prior to the start of the tournament.
For Manchester United fans, Holland’s trip has been bittersweet. On one hand, they saw plenty to be excited about in their new manager. Louis van Gaal showed a willingness to adapt tactically, spoke frankly to the press and played a little mind game by bringing in Tim Krul just before the penalty shootout with Costa Rica. On the other hand, the Dutch foray deep into the tournament meant a delay in van Gaal arriving in Manchester.
Not that it’s seemed to hurt United’s dealings in the transfer market. They’ve already snapped up Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw, and are hoping to add Arturo Vidal, Ángel di María and Mats Hummels. Even with Arjen Robben announcing he won’t be following van Gaal to Manchester, the new manager does not seem concerned about bringing in new quality signings.
Instead, van Gaal is focused on the idea of the team, rather than the high-profile player. He wants his United squad to emulate his Dutch one, at least in terms of unity.
“I hope the group in Manchester will become like this one,” said van Gaal. “We have to sing from the same hymn sheet.”
In Euro 2012, Netherlands crashed out in the group stages, a crushing disappointment for a side that, two years earlier, had made it to the World Cup final. In much the same manner, Manchester United finished seventh in the Premier League last season, after winning the title in 2012-2013. Obviously van Gaal hopes he can have the same sort of success at Old Trafford:
“I hope at Manchester United I can do my best,” he said. “I will do my best. Whether that’s enough for the fans I will wait and see, but I genuinely hope that will be the case.”
MILAN (AP) Sassuolo’s victory over Pescara has been reversed to a 3-0 loss.
Sassuolo won Sunday’s Serie A match 2-1 but the league now says it fielded an ineligible player.
The league says the paperwork for the signing of Antonino Ragusa, who played the final 25 minutes, had not been filed by noon the day before the match – as its rules demand.
Sassuolo says it followed the rules and will appeal.
The club was one of four teams to win both its opening matches, along with Genoa, Juventus and Sampdoria.
Jack Wilshere won’t be with Arsenal following Wednesday’s transfer deadline, however, where the Gunners midfielder lands is yet to be seen.
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According to Daily Mail, as many as 22 clubs are in the mix to acquire Wilshere on loan, including various Premier League sides.
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While Daily Mail suggests that Crystal Palace is among the leaders to bring in the 24-year-old center midfielder this season, Bournemouth and Watford are also said to be in the mix to sign the playmaker.
Manager Arsene Wenger reportedly won’t allow the Englishman to go to any of the top four sides in England and also hopes that Wilshere lands outside of the UK .
Wilshere is also being chased by foreign clubs including Serie A sides Juventus and Roma.
The Gunners have been active as the deadline heads down its final hours, with Lucas Perez of Deportivo La Coruna and Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi both joining the club on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, young defender Calum Chambers has joined Middlesbrough on loan and Serge Gnarby is reportedly close to joining Werder Bremen after drawing significant interest from Bundesliga sides.
CHICAGO (AP) The U.S. women’s national team will host Switzerland for two matches this October in Minneapolis and Utah.
The matches for the defending World Cup champions are set for Oct. 19 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, and at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Oct. 23.
The U.S. team has played Switzerland just twice before, with the Americans winning both matches.
The United States is also facing Thailand on Sept. 15 in Columbus, Ohio, before playing the Netherlands in Atlanta on Sept. 18.
The team will be without goalkeeper Hope Solo, who was suspended from the team for six months following comments she made at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. The United States was ousted by Sweden in the quarterfinals for the team’s earliest-ever exit at the Olympics.
Just incase you were unaware, there’s another Pogba. And he too could be playing in the Premier League very soon.
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While it was Paul Pogba that stole the spotlight when he returned to Manchester United for a world-record transfer fee, Florentin — his 26-year-old brother — is drawing interest from England’s top flight.
According to the Sun, David Moyes and Sunderland are launching an $8.5 million bid for the St Etienne defender as a potential replacement for Lamine Kone. The Black Cats still anticipate that Kone will exit the Stadium of Light this season after handing in a transfer request earlier this month.
Pogba has played with the Ligue 1 club since 2012 after joining from lower-division club Sedan. Additionally, the centerback has made 13 appearances for Guinea at the international level.