Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 31st 2014 Contents Nemanja Vidic is sure
Manchester United are
heading back to the big
time under Louis van
Vidic left United this
summer having amassed
15 trophies during his
eight years at the club.
His final season at Old
Trafford proved to be a
trophyless and joyless
experience for the Serb
Under David Moyes'
ended the campaign in
seventh position - their
worst finish in the Pre-
mier League era.
But with former
Barcelona and Bayern
Munich manager Van
Gaal now at the helm,
Vidic thinks things are
looking up for United.
"Van Gaal has a lot of
experience, he has trained
leagues and that shows
he knows what he is
doing," the new Inter
Milan centre-back said
after playing United in a
friendly on Tuesday
"I believe he can do
good work and the play-
ers think the same.
"I was in the dressing
room with the players
after the game and they
were all positive and
happy with everything
that is happening at the
"That is a good sign. I
am pleased to see that.
"They are happy with
what they are doing and
for that reason it will not
be difficult for them this
Moyes maintained it
was a "mutual" decision
for United and Vidic to
part ways this summer,
even though many fans
were happy for the 32-
year-old to stay.
Despite his praise for
Van Gaal, who has a far
more illustrious CV than
Moyes, Vidic does not
think leaving United for
Inter was the wrong
"I don't have regrets,"
said Vidic after the game,
which United won 5-3 on
penalties after a 0-0
stalemate over 90 min-
"That's (in the) past.
What I must do now is
look to the future, the
same as Manchester
United have to do. I am
a fan of Manchester
United and I hope both
teams do well this year."
Vidic's departure, and
that of fellow experienced
defender Rio Ferdinand,
has left a huge gap in the
There is a feeling with-
in the club that despite
their previous troubles,
Chris Smalling, Phil Jones
and Jonny Evans are
primed to have the best
year of their careers to
There is a lot of
responsibility on the trio
given that Van Gaal looks
set to play 3-5-2 this
The Dutchman, who
has also used academy
graduates Tyler Blackett
and Michael Keane on
the tour of the US, is in
the market for at least
one centre-half, with
Thomas Vermaelen and
Mats Hummels top of his
list.But Vidic thinks Evans,
Smalling and Jones are
good enough to make the
step up and become first-
team regulars this year.
"Of course I think they
are good enough to do
it," the former United
skipper said when asked
about the trio.
"I was sure of that
even when I played with
them. I said then they
have really good poten-
tial, physically and tech-
"They are really good
and they are young.
"They are getting bet-
ter and better every year.
"In the next two years
they will be I think some
of the best defenders in
the league. I think they
will prove that this season
and I wish them all the
Everton have signed Chelsea striker Romelu
Lukaku for a club-record fee of £28million.
The Belgium international, who spent last
season on loan at Goodison Park and was their
leading scorer with 16 goals in 33 appearances to
help them finish fifth, has agreed a five-year
Reports of the move began emerging in the 21-
year-old's homeland earlier on Wednesday and the
striker tweeted a picture of himself on a plane with
the message "Time to write a new chapter.....".
Lukaku was manager Roberto Martinez's
primary summer transfer target and while the fee
may have blown their previous record - £15million
for Lukaku's compatriot Marouane Fellaini when
he moved from Standard Liege in 2008 - the
Toffees boss believes the striker's age and
potential mean it was worth paying.
The press conference to unveil Lukaku was
delayed by more than 80 minutes as Everton were
still waiting for a final piece of the player's
paperwork to be returned to the club.
Hernandez unsure of future
Javier Hernandez is unsure whether he will
remain at Manchester United, but Atletico Madrid
are willing to offer the Mexican an escape route
from Old Trafford should he decide to leave.
Hernandez flew out to the United States to join
the club's pre-season tour, but he has so far only
made two brief substitute appearances.
Even though new manager Louis van Gaal likes
to play with two strikers, Hernandez still faces stiff
competition from Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney,
Danny Welbeck and Wilfried Zaha for a first-team
In a rushed interview following United's penalty
shoot-out win over Inter Milan on Tuesday night,
Hernandez was asked if he saw his future at Old
Scholes doesn't expect LVG call
Former Manchester United midfielder Paul
Scholes is yet to hear from the club's new
manager Louis van Gaal and feels it is "probably a
bit too late now" in terms of being offered a
coaching position by them.
Scholes was part of the United coaching staff at
the end of last season when Ryan Giggs took over
on an interim basis following the dismissal of
It had been understood the Red Devils were
keen for Scholes to have a role again, but that was
cast into doubt this week as it emerged the 39-
year-old has signed up to be a pundit for both BT
Sport and ITV over the 2014-15 campaign.
And asked yesterday what the situation was
with him and United, Scholes - an ambassador for
Men United v Prostate Cancer, speaking at a
promotional event for the campaign - said: "It's no
"I have not spoken to the new manager and
there is no need for him to speak to me really."
Fiorentina set Cuadrado price
Fiorentina have told Manchester United and
Barcelona that they will listen to offers of
£40million for Colombia winger Juan Cuadrado.
The 26-year-old has been heavily linked with a
big-money move away from Serie A since his
impressive showing at the World Cup, with Barca
and United most strongly credited with an interest.
Reports in Spain earlier this week claimed that
Barca were looking to the player to pressure
Fiorentina into allowing him to leave, in a similar
manner to how Jeremy Mathieu forced a move
from Valencia to the Nou Camp earlier this month.
Fiorentina, though, have made clear the figure
they want before they consider allowing Cuadrado
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AROUND THE CLUBS
Vidic backs Utd for success
Rooney as England
LONDON---Rio Ferdinand is backing Wayne Rooney
to be the next England captain, insisting the striker
has the experience and influence to succeed in the
Former skipper Steven Gerrard announced his
retirement from international football after the World
Cup this summer and manager Roy Hodgson is yet
to announce the midfielder's successor.
Joe Hart and Gary Cahill are also expected to be
considered but Ferdinand believes Rooney, who has
95 caps for his country, is the right man for the job.
"I think Wayne has grown and he is growing into
that role," said Ferdinand, who captained England
for 13 months from February 2010.
"He's experienced now, he has played at the top
level and he's won a lot of things.
"He knows the game. He's got the right tools for
that. And I think you have to look at who is going
Rooney has scored 40 goals for the Three Lions
since making his debut as England's youngest ever
player against Australia in February 2003.
The 28-year-old's underwhelming performances
in Brazil this summer came under heavy scrutiny
but he answered some of his critics with a second-
half goal in the defeat to Uruguay.
"You look at other countries, the natural progression
would be Wayne getting it now," Ferdinand contin-
"With other countries it's usually the guy with the
most caps, or who is most influential.
"And I think Wayne is the most influential player
that England have got at the moment, now Steven
"It would seem like a natural progression."
With Gerrard gone, the pressure on Rooney to
deliver will only increase but Ferdinand believes wear-
ing the armband should not be a burden."
Ferdinand retired from international football in
May 2013, opting to focus instead on his club foot-
The 35-year-old, who joined QPR this summer,
says the decision has prolonged his own career and
believes Gerrard will reap the rewards too.
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