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Louis van Gaal went through his 2nd match in charge of Manchester United as the head coach of the Premier League club and his influence in the team has already shown positive results as Manchester United defeated AS Roma in a match that concluded with a scoreboard of 3-2.
Manchester United took the lead in the 1st half through 2 goals from Wayne Rooney and 1 goal Juan Mata but the Italian side As.Roma got back in the match when Pjanic and Totti both managed to find the back of the net in the 2nd half but it was the team of Louis van Gaal that came out on top with the victory.
It was a very entertaining match with both teams getting ready for the upcoming season but even with all of the recent signings, departures and positive results that Louis van Gaal has made since being delegated with the role of head coach, the Dutchman still has a lot of more things left to do before the start of the next campaign which kicks off on August 16.
Van Gaal wanted the match to be stopped for another drinks break, like in the World Cup but Roma wouldn’t allow it.
The Colombian Juan Cuadrado made a big impact for his team during the 2014 World Cup with remarkable performances throughout the entire tournament and now Manchester United wants to sign the winger from Fiorentina but will face stiff competition from Barcelona as they are also interested in securing his services.
Cuadrado said: ‘’I don’t know yet what will happen. At this moment I haven’t received any concrete offers from any club’’
James Rodriguez has already been unveiled as an official player of Real Madrid and now the future of Angel Di Maria is being fought between Manchester United and PSG with both of those clubs leading the race to sign the Argentine midfielder.
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Bolton Wanderers defender David Wheater has stated that he wants the club to make a strong start to the season in order to be challenging for a Premier league return at the end of the campaign. Bolton’s attempt to return to the Premier League failed once again last season after they finished mid-table. However, things are looking positive for the club despite the huge financial problems. The recently released Championship fixtures for the 2014-15 season sees the club taking on Watford in the opening match. The match will be at Vicarage Road.
Following this, Bolton have two matches against Nottingham and Middlesbrough at home. This is a fixture list that manager Dougie Freedman would have been hoping in order to get his team start well. In previous seasons, they have failed to do this and this has cost them their promotion bid. Wheater, who is a former England under 21 defender, says that it would be great to return to his former club Middlesbrough. He started his career at the north-east outfit before moving onto Bolton. A number of changes, especially in the attack, is expected to happen at the club.
Craig Dawson, who spent the last season on loan at the club, has revealed his desire to leave West Brom on a permanent basis. This has alerted Bolton, who will be looking to sign him.
“I am excited to get going again. The players that came in on loan last season had such a big impact and we’ve been able to sign a number of them. We have to aim to start the season as we finished it. Watford on the opening day is a tough start, then we’ll be right back up at it again for the cup game against Bury. When the fixtures come out I always look for the games against Middlesbrough and the ones that are on my birthday,” said Wheater.
Former Bolton Wanderers manager Roy McFarland has claimed that it would not be surprising to see Bolton challenge along with Derby County for a top six spot in the upcoming championship season. Bolton have been struggling in the Championship for the last two seasons after their relegation from the Premier league. They were one of the established Premier league teams after spending almost a decade in the top division. Since their relegation, they have been crippled with financial problems and mounting debts. The club have debts of more than £ 150 million, which is not helping manager Dougie Freedman to sign top class players.
Despite this, McFarland expects his former club to challenge for a promotion spot in the upcoming campaign. A good run towards the end of the season saw Bolton finish only a couple of places below the top six. Freedman will be hoping that this run continues going into the new season as well. Recently, he expressed that the club will be looking to sign players with a lot of potential. After allowing the likes of Tyrone Mears and David Ngog to leave the club in the last few months, it is expected that several new faces will be present at the club for the new season.
“Things haven’t gone well for Bolton in the last couple of years but the club is solid and it is only a matter of time before it starts heading back in the right direction. They have been at this level for a little while now and they know what is expected of them. Bolton’s is still a result I look for. I follow them with interest because I enjoyed working at the club. But I think Bolton can make the top six this time around – and then who knows after that?” said McFarland.
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The future of Bolton Wanderers goalkeeper Andy Lonergan has been a major doubt over the last few weeks, as there have been no talks about extending his contract, which comes to an end next summer. The 30-year-old is no longer the first choice goalkeeper at the club after having conceded this position to Adam Bogdan. Dougie Freedman has stated that he is still prepared to hold talks with Lonergan and get him on a new contract, but he accepts that the 30-year-old should fight for his position.
After flirting with a relegation for a couple of months, Bolton managed to end the Championship season in relative safety in the 14th position. However, the club will need to challenge for a play-off place next season in order to return to the Premier league. The £ 150 million debts have become crippling for the club in the last few years. It has not about the Freedman to strengthen the squad in the transfer window. Bolton have also sold a number of quality players in the last few transfer windows.
Freedman has accepted that a player of Lonergan’s does not deserve to be in the number two position, but he says that the 30-year-old should show the fighting spirit in order to get back to the number one spot.
“Andy knows his position and that he has a year left here. But he’s another player – and I have told him this – who I would be very comfortable sitting down with over the summer and looking to sign a new contract. But he needs to be comfortable fighting for his position. He isn’t guaranteed anything. I’m comfortable saying that because I think his game has come on. I think the way I want to play eventually,” said the Bolton manager, whose team finished with 59 points.
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The future of several Bolton players is a major doubt since they are either out of contract or the club is unwilling to spend huge amounts of money to renew their deals. Manager Dougie Freedman has his work cut out in order to convince as much as five players to stay at the Reebok stadium beyond this season. It also remains to be seen if he will be willing to keep those players considering that some of them have been suffering from numerous injury problems. As a club, Bolton are in financial meltdown after they recently revealed debts of about £ 160 million.
Getting to the Premier league will help solve the financial problems to a great extent, but the club are also aware that they cannot overspend in the hopes of achieving this dream. Freedman will also have to assess the futures of two senior players, who have spent time away from the club in the hope of getting first-team football. Freedman says that he is likely to hold onto most of his current players with the likes of Zat Knight being offered new deals. Stuart Holden and Chris Eagles are some of the other players coming to the end of their deals.
Rumours have suggested that Freedman may look into selling some key names like Sordell, but he has rejected those rumours.
“The plan won’t be ripped up. There will be a natural progression because there are contracts up, some players will be coming back from loans too. There will be a natural turnaround and it will enable me to bring in more players I think can cope with the Championship. I have three or four targets that are already lined-up but there will still be a good nucleus of players here,” said the Bolton manager, whose team are 17th in the table.