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    • Alexander Buttner joins Manchester United as defensive cover

      • Vitesse Arnhem player moves as back-up to Patrice Evra
      • Transfer causes some surprise in Holland

      United swoop for £4m Butt

      Alex Buttner

      SHOCK IMPORT ... Alex Buttner

       

      Sir Alex Ferguson, the Manchester United manager, has bought the Dutchman Alexander Buttner
      Sir Alex Ferguson, the Manchester United manager, has bought Alexander Buttner as cover for Patrice Evra.
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      Manchester United have bought the left-back Alexander Buttner from Vitesse Arnhem, according to the Dutch club. The fee is undisclosed but is not thought to be more than £3.9m for a player who has never been capped by Holland.

      Buttner, 23, has been bought by Sir Alex Ferguson as cover for Patrice Evra, with Fabio Da Silva, his former understudy, on loan at Queens Park Rangers.

      Buttner had also interested QPR and Southampton before his transfer to Old Trafford.

      Although he is yet to play for Holland he was part of a pre-Euro 2012 squad that trained while some of the senior players took a break.

      The move to United has caused some surprise in Holland as he is still considered a player of raw potential.

      Buttner said: "I'm travelling to Manchester this evening [Sunday] and I'm very delighted that such a big club bought me."

      The Dutch ace, 23, said: “This is a dream come true.” 

      He had threatened to go to the Dutch FA to force a move to England.

       

      Edited by zocoss 20 Aug `12, 9:26AM
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    • Arsenal to beat Liverpool to Madrid midfielder Sahin on season-long loan

       

      Recruitment drive: Arsenal will land Nuri Sahin on loan from Real Madrid

      Recruitment drive: Arsenal will land Nuri Sahin on loan from Real Madrid

       
         

        Arsenal will confirm the loan signing of Real Madrid midfielder Nuri Sahin in the next 24 hours.

        The Turkey international has been on manager Arsene Wenger's radar all summer but the Frenchman ramped up his interest after Alex Song made it clear he wanted to join Barcelona.

        Liverpool were also interested in the 23-year-old but have lost out to the Gunners. 

        German-born Sahin made 11 appearances for Real last season but has failed to hold down a first team place since joining the Spanish giants from Borussia Dortmund on a six-year contract in May 2011.

        Madrid hoped Sahin would move to Anfield because they would receive a larger loan fee but they will bow their player's wish to go to The Emirates.

        Arsenal also hope that winger Theo Walcott will sign a new contract next month. His current deal is up at the end of the season but negotiations are progressing.

        The club feel that the new signings, Lukas Podolski, Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud, will persuade him to stay, despite the loss of Robin van Persie.

        Arsenal could yet bring in another defensive midfielder and though their interest in Rennes' Yann M'Vila has waned through the summer, they would bid if the French club will accept £8m.


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      • Luka deal in Real danger

        Luka Modric
        WANTAWAY ... Luka Modric

        LUKA MODRIC fears his dream £35million move to Real Madrid could collapse.

        Angry Spurs have told the midfielder they will not sell him on the cheap.

        The sensational development comes after a stormy exchange between Real boss Jose Mourinho and Spurs chief Daniel Levy.

        A meeting on Friday to thrash out a deal for the Croatian ace ended with Mourinho in a rage after Levy asked for another £2m at the last minute.

        Now ex-Chelsea boss Mourinho is set to pull the plug and look elsewhere leaving Modric devastated.

        A source close to the Croat said: “Luka is shocked by all of this. He is desperate for the move to go through and wants it sorted.”

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      • Modric fears for Real deal after Levy infuriates Mourinho with cash demands

         

        Waiting game: Modric is worried Levy could sink his dream move to Madrid

        Waiting game: Modric is worried Levy could sink his dream move to Madrid

         

        Luka Modric is fearful Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy's demands could scupper his dream move to Spanish giants Real Madrid.

        The Croatia international was left out of the Spurs squad for the clash with Newcastle as it was expected his move to the Bernabeu was imminent.

        Tottenham had demanded £40million for their talismanic midfielder, but Madrid want to agree a figure closer to £30m with £8m in add-ons.

        Real have since upped the cash portion of the deal by £4million, understood to be enough for Levy to finally sanction the move.

        But a meeting between Levy and Jose Mourinho boiled over when the Spurs chief demanded an extra £2m at the last minute, infuriating the Madrid boss who threatened to pull out of the deal.

        A source close to the Croat told The Sun on Sunday: 'Luka is shocked by all of this. He is desperate for the move to go through and wants it sorted.'

        Despite the latest setback, Modric is still expected to complete his move later this week.

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      • Looks like 180 pages won't be enough... He will need to add a few more pages to the things he is just discovering...

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      • Manchester United injury crisis deepens with fears Ferdinand could miss four weeks

         

        Crocked? Ferdinand could miss a month of the news season

        Crocked? Ferdinand could miss a month of the news season

         

         
        Case for the defence: Carrick could step in at centre back

        Case for the defence: Carrick could step in at centre back

         

         

        Manchester United have been dealt a huge blow ahead of the start of the Barclays Premier League season with news Rio Ferdinand could miss the next month of the season after picking up an injury in training.

        Ferdinand looks certain to miss the club's season curtain raiser against Everton and there could be worse to come once the centre back discovers results of the scan on his injury.

        Sir Alex Ferguson already has Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones absent and now faces a troubling wait to discover the full extent of the damage to Ferdinand's leg.

        Sportsmail understands he suffered the injury during a session at the club's Carrington training base and is likely to force United boss Sir Alex Fergsuon into fielding a patched-up defence at Goodison park on Monday evening.

        Ferguson could now play midfielder Michael Carrick at centre-half alongside fit again Nemanja Vidic against the Toffees.

         

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      • Squad sheets: Everton v Manchester United

         

        Sir Alex Ferguson has sounded ebullient this week. There can be no doubt that the purchase of Robin van Persie from Arsenal gives him an array of forwards that others will envy, but the implication was that Manchester United are not receding into the shadows merely because Manchester City are Premier League champions. He was also indicating once more that he is at peace with the policies of the owners, the Glazers. Everton, however, could cause United disquiet on Monday night in a demanding fixture at Goodison. Venue Goodison Park, Monday 3am

         

        Tickets £35-42 (0871 663 1878)

        Last season Everton 0 Man Utd 1

        Referee Andre Marriner

        Last season's matches 22 Y76, R5, 3.68 cards per game

        Odds Everton 7-2 Man Utd 11-12 Draw 5-2

         

         

        Everton v Manchester United 

        Everton

        Subs from Mucha, Distin, Hibbert, Barkley, Gueye, Vellios, Anichebe, Duffy, McAleny, Coleman, Francisco

        Doubtful Fellaini (groin), Gibson (thigh)

        Injured None

        Suspended None

        Disciplinary record (last season) Y60 R1

        Leading scorer (last season) Jelavic 9

         

        Manchester United

        Subs from Lindegaard, Valencia, Nani, Anderson, Berbatov, Giggs, Hernández, Welbeck, Cleverley, Powell, Macheda

        Doubtful None

        Injured Evans (ankle, 25 Aug), Jones (back, 15 Sep), Smalling (metatarsal, Oct), Fletcher (bowel, unknown)

        Suspended None

        Disciplinary record (last season) Y50 R1

        Leading scorer (last season) Rooney 27

         

         

        Match pointers

        • United have not lost their first game of the season since Chelsea beat them 1-0 in 2004

         

        • Everton have won just one of their last 14 top-flight games against United, losing nine times in that run

         

        • In the last two seasons, United have twice gone into the final 10 minutes of a match with Everton leading by two goals and ended up drawing

         

        • Nikica Jelavic was Everton's top scorer in the league last season despite not playing his first game until February

         

        • David de Gea ended last season with the best saves-to-shots ratio (77.9%) in the Premier League

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      •  

        MANCHESTER UNITED  ~  2012 / 13 Match Results:

         

         

         

        August

         

        20 Everton  A  (1-0)  EPL  

        25 Fulham  H  (3-2)  EPL   (RVP, Kagawa, Rafael)

         

         

         

         

        September 

         

         

        October 

          

        November

            

        December

            

        January   

          

        February 

          

        March 

           

        April

           

        May

         

         

         

         

         

        CL  -  (Champions League)

        FAC  -  (FA Cup)

        CC  -  (Carling Cup)

        EPL  -  (League)

         

         

         

          

         

         

          

         

         

         

         

         

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      • MANCHESTER UNITED FC 

        SQUAD OF 25 PLAYERS FOR 2012/13.

         

         

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        MANCHESTER UNITED  

        First Team / Under 21s (22 + 5)   

        English / Home Grown (6 + 4)

         

        English Players - (6)

        1) Rio Ferdinand

        2) Chris Smalling

        3) Tom Cleverley

        4) Michael Carrick

        5) Ashley Young

        6) Wayne Rooney

         

        Home Grown Players - (4)

        1) Jonathan Evans

        2) Darren Fletcher

        3) Rafael

        4) Ryan Giggs

         

        Foreign Players - (12)

        1) Anders Lindegaard

        2) Patrice Evra

        3) Nemanja Vidic

        4) Antonio Valencia

        5) Nani

        6) Anderson

        7) Kagawa

        8) Bebe

        9) Dimitar Berbatov

        10) Javier Hernández

        11) Robin Van Persie 

        12) Buttner

         

        Under 21s Players - (5)

        1) David De Gea *

        2) Phil Jones

        3) Danny Welbeck *

        4) Nick Powell

        5) Federico Macheda

        * Players who will be considered 22 next season.

         
         
         

         

         
         
        Edited by zocoss 26 Aug `12, 1:14PM
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        MANCHESTER UNITED FC PLAYERS 

         

         

         
         
        Image of De Gea       1. David De Gea 
         
         
        Image of Rafael       2. Rafael
         
         
        Image of Evra        3. Evra
         
         
        Image of Jones       4. Phil Jones 
         
         
        Image of Ferdinand       5. Ferdinand
         
         
        Image of Jonny Evans       6. Evans
         
         
        Image of Antonio Valencia       7. Valencia
         
         
        Image of Anderson       8. Anderson
         
         
        Image of Dimitar Berbatov       9. Berbatov
         
         
        Image of Rooney        10. Rooney
         
         
        Image of Ryan Giggs        11. Giggs
          
         
        Image of Chris Smalling       12. Smalling
          
         
        Image of Lindegaard       13. Lindegaard
          
           
        Image of Hernandez       14. Hernandez 
         
         
        Image of Nemanja Vidic       15. Vidic
         
         
        Image of Michael Carrick       16. Carrick
         
         
        Image of Nani       17. Nani
         
         
               18. Ashley Young
         
         
               19. Welbeck
         
         
        Image of van Persie      20. Robin Van Persie
         
          
        Image of Henriquez       21. Henriquez  
             
         
        Image of Scholes       22. Scholes
         
         
                23. Tom Cleverley
         
         
        Image of Fletcher       24. Fletcher 
         
          
        Image of Powell       25. Powell
         
         
        Image of Kagawa      26. Kagawa
         
         
               27. Macheda
         
         
        Image of Büttner      28. Buttner
          
           
        Image of Bebe       33. Bebe
             
         
         
         
         
         
               40. Amos   (Loan Out)

         

        Image of Fabio       20. Fabio   (Loan Out)
         
         
         
         
        Edited by zocoss 21 Sep `12, 11:34PM
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      • MANCHESTER UNITED's 

        LEAGUE & CUP FIXTURES

        FOR 2012 / 13

         

          

         

         

         

         

         

         

                 

                  

         

         19 ENGLISH TITLES 

         

         

         

         August

        18 Everton (A)

        25 Fulham (H)

        September

        1 Southampton (A)

        15 Wigan (H)

        22 Liverpool (A)

        29 Tottenham (H)

        October

        6 Newcastle (A)

        20 Stoke (H)

        27 Chelsea (A)

        November

        3 Arsenal (H)

        10 Aston Villa (A)

        17 Norwich (A)

        24 QPR (H)

        27 West Ham (H)

        December

        1 Reading (A)

        8 Man City (A)

        15 Sunderland (H)

        22 Swansea (A)

        26 Newcastle (H)

        29 West Brom (H)

        January

        1 Wigan (A)

        12 Liverpool (H)

        19 Tottenham (A)

        29 Southampton (H)

        February

        2 Fulham (A)

        9 Everton (H)

        23 QPR (A)

        March

        2 Norwich (H)

        9 West Ham (A)

        16 Reading (H)

        30 Sunderland (A)

        April

        6 Man City (H)

        13 Stoke (A)

        20 Aston Villa (H)

        27 Arsenal (A)

        May

        4 Chelsea (H)

        12 Swansea (H)

        19 West Brom (A)

         

         

         

         

        Time +7 hrs  /  +8 hrs between Nov to Apr 

         

        All fixtures subject to change for television coverage.

         

         

         

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      • PREMIER LEAGUE 2012

         

         

         

                VS       

          

         

        Everton vs Manchester United

         

        Monday, 20 August 2012

        Time: 3:00am  -  (Live) (Tue) 

        Mio Channel 102 in HD

        EPL Game 01

          

         

         

         

        Manchester United :  

        De Gea, Ferdinand, Rafael, Vidic, Evra, Nani, Valencia, Carrick, Young, Giggs, Scholes, Cleverley, Powell, Anderson, Kagawa, Hernandez, Rooney, Berbatov, Welbeck, Macheda, Bebe, Robin Van Persie, Lindegaard.

        Injured :

        Smalling, Evans, Fletcher, Jones

          

         

         

        Edited by zocoss 20 Aug `12, 1:00AM
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      • Messi mistake! New book reveals Manchester City once made £30m bid for Lionel by accident

         

        A breakdown in telephone communication led to an offer being made to Barcelona, which was swiftly rejected

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        Not quite: City's bid for Messi was quickly turned down
        Not quite: City's bid for Messi was quickly turned down

         

         

        Manchester City once made a £30million bid for Argentine superstar Lionel Messi – by accident!

        A breakdown in communication between club officials on the day that Sheikh Mansour completed his £210m takeover of the club in August 2009 was behind the sensational offer to Barcelona for the best player in the world.

        Barcelona rejected the proposal – and within hours the Blues had agreed the £32m capture of Brazilian star Robinho from Real Madrid.

        The extraordinary episode has been revealed in a new book detailing the history of the Premier League champions.

         

        Garry Cook

        Former chief executive Garry Cook told the tale in a new book ‘it’s all getting messy.’ somehow translated into ‘get Messi.’

         

         

         

         

         

        Former City chief executive Garry Cook details the mix-up in ‘The Manchester City Years’ by Gary James.

        City had made already made a failed bid for Fernando Torres and had attempted to hijack Manchester United’s deal with Spurs for Dimitar Berbatov.

        But senior club officials based in Manchester, London and Abu Dhabi were formulating Sheikh Mansour’s plans by telephone.

        And Cook explains: “He (an executive) made a comment like ‘it’s all getting messy.’

        “Via the telephones and other communication lines, this somehow translated into ‘get Messi.’

        “An offer was made for Lionel Messi of about £30million. Needless to say, it was rejected.”

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      • Saints’ £12m Ram raid

        Gaston Ramirez
        HOT PROPERTY ... Gaston Ramirez

         

        SOUTHAMPTON broke their transfer record for the second time this summer by agreeing a £12million fee with Bologna for Uruguay star Gaston Ramirez.

        Ramirez, 21, will become the highest-paid player in Saints’ history by snubbing Spurs and Liverpool to sign a £50,000-a-week deal at St Mary’s.

        Saints chairman Nicola Cortese flew into the UK from Switzerland to seal the move, which dwarfs the £6.5m he paid Burnley for striker Jay Rodriguez.

        Midfielder Ramirez said: “Southampton have reached agreement with me, it is the classic offer you cannot refuse.

        “They believe in me. I will be essential and the club will grow.”


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      • Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says referee to blame for club's worst opening-day defeat for 75 years

        Brendan Rodgers endured an horrendous start to his career as Liverpool manager as his new club suffered their heaviest opening day defeat in the top flight since 1937.

        At a loss: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says referee to blame for opening day defeat Photo: ACTION IMAGES
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        Liverpool were thrashed 3-0 at West Bromwich Albion and finished the game with 10 men after Daniel Agger was dismissed for a professional foul.

        A chaotic display from the visitors saw them fall behind to Zoltan Gera’s wonderful strike before they conceded two penalties in five minutes in the second half.

        The first, awarded after Agger had fouled Shane Long, prompting the defender’s dismissal, was saved by Pepe Reina, but the second, given for a foul on Long by Martin Skrtel, was converted by Peter Odemwingie.

        Romelu Lukaku added a third to seal a first win in charge at West Brom for Steve Clarke – Kenny Dalglish’s assistant at Anfield last season – and underline the scale of the task facing Rodgers, although the man himself claimed the performance of referee Phil Dowd was the decisive factor.

        “I’m not going to go on about the referee, but I thought the two penalty decisions were very harsh,” he said. “I don’t think either was a penalty and Martin Skrtel doesn’t even connect for the second one.

        “With the first one, Long’s pace has got him there. There is slight contact but I know Long well, how big and strong he is, and it was very harsh. With 10 men and then chasing the game, it’s difficult.”

        Rodgers admitted Liverpool may consider appealing Agger’s red card, saying: “It is something we will look at. It was very harsh.”

        Rodgers’ terrible day was compounded by Michael Laudrup, the man who succeeded him at Swansea, beginning his own tenure with a remarkable 5-0 victory at Queens Park Rangers.

        “That was impressive,” the Dane said. “Winning the first game in my debut – and also the team’s first in their second season in the Premier – away and 5-0. I don’t think anyone could’ve dreamed about that.”

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      •  

         

         

        GAME 01

         

        EPL - Match 01 -  August 18 / 19 / 20 / 22 Fixtures

         

               

         

         

         

        Saturday, 18 August 2012

        Arsenal v Sunderland

        Fulham v Norwich City

        Queens Park Rangers v Swansea City

        Reading v Stoke City

        West Bromwich Albion v Liverpool

        Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur

        West Ham United v Aston Villa

         

         

         

         

        Sunday, 19 August 2012

        Manchester City v Southampton

        Wigan Athletic v Chelsea

         

        Monday, 20 August 2012

        Everton v Manchester United

         

        Wednesday, 22 August 2012

        Chelsea v Reading

         

         

         

          

         

         

         

                 

         

         

         

        Matches on Singtel Mio Tv :      

         

         

         

        Saturday, 18 August 2012

         

         

        West Bromwich Albion v Liverpool      mio : 102                 -   10.00

        Arsenal v Sunderland       mio : 103                                        -   10.00

        West Ham United v Aston Villa       mio : 104                       -   10.00

        Fulham v Norwich City       mio : 105                                       -   10.00

        Queens Park Rangers v Swansea City      mio : 106              -   10.00

        Reading v Stoke City       mio : 107                                          -   10.00

        Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur      mio : 102          -   12.30

         

         

        Sunday, 19 August 2012

        Wigan Athletic v Chelsea       mio : 102                         -   8.30

        Manchester City v Southampton      mio : 102             -    11.00

         

         

        Monday, 20 August 2012

        Everton v Manchester United       mio : 102                  -   3.00

         

        Wednesday, 22 August 2012

        Chelsea v Reading       mio : 102                                      -   2.45

         

        Edited by zocoss 21 Sep `12, 11:17PM
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        Red faced

        Jol: Kop are embarrassment

         

        Fulham manager Martin Jol

        DEFIANT ... Martin Jol has blasted Liverpool over Clint Dempsey

         

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        Martin Jol says Clint Dempsey wants to leave Fulham and has admitted it will be "impossible" to keep him at the club

        The wantaway forward has been left out of Fulham's squad for tomorrow's season opener against.

        Dempsey, who scored 23 goals last term, pulled out of Fulham's pre-season training camp in Switzerland earlier this month after Liverpool confirmed they were interested in signing him.

        The Anfield club have yet to make an official bid for the American, who has one year left on his contract, but Jol thinks the player is not in the right frame of mind to play against the Canaries at Craven Cottage tomorrow afternoon.

        The Fulham manager said: "Clint was not involved over the last four weeks so he is not going to be in the squad. 

         

        "He is not committed to the club. He wants to leave.

        "I would like to keep him, but I think it's impossible. It's a sad and an almost embarrassing situation."

        Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers told his own club's website last month that he had made an inquiry about the player.

        Then the website for Massachusetts-based news channel New England Sports Network (NESN), owned by Anfield proprietors Fenway Sports Group, also published a story claiming Dempsey was a Liverpool player.

        Liverpool have infuriated Jol with these actions.

        "That was very disappointing," the Fulham boss said.

        "There was never an offer. Clint himself told everyone he was going to Liverpool before he came back so we really thought there was quite a firm interest in him.

         

         

        Liverpool v AS Roma Pre Season Friendly - Fenway Park, Boston, United States of America - 25/7/12. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers

        Brendan Rodgers: Has yet to firm up his interest in Clint Dempsey with a bid

         

         

         

        " Even (Rodgers) told everyone he was interested in Clint Dempsey, but our people never had an offer on the table, so it's almost embarrassing.

        "If you have shown interest in a player, especially in England, you have to follow it up with an offer. They didn't."

        Dempsey, 29, has made it clear he wants to move to a bigger club, and has been training separately from his team-mates this summer, but Jol insists the American will not be sold cheaply.

        "Maybe Liverpool will come back," Jol said.

        "I can assure you that our chairman is strong enough. At first we didn't want to get rid of him, later on we had to change our position.

        "But our view is that we won't let Clint Dempsey go on the cheap, that's for sure."

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        Arsene’s Nuri hunt

        Nuri Sahin
        WANTED MAN ... Nuri Sahin

         

         

         

         

        NURI SAHIN was last night urged to stall on a move to Liverpool — by Arsenal.

        The Turkish Real Madrid midfielder was due to complete a one-year loan to Anfield deal yesterday.

        But Sahin, 23, was asked to delay a decision by the Gunners, who still believe they could end up selling Alex Song to Barcelona for £15million.

        Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is determined to beat Liverpool’s offer to Real if Barca push ahead with the Song deal.

        Wenger hopes the lure of Champions League football will persuade ex-Dortmund star Sahin to snub Liverpool.


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      • The little boy inside me told me to join Manchester United, insists Van Persie after £250,000-a-week deal to link with Rooney

         

        Fresh start: Robin van Persie poses with his No 20 shirt with Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson

        Fresh start: Robin van Persie poses with his No 20 shirt with Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson

        Signing on: Robin van Persie poses with Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson

        Signing on: Robin van Persie poses with Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson

         
         
         
         
         
         

        Robin van Persie said he had listened to 'the little boy inside him' when deciding to join Manchester United.

        The Dutch superstar will wear the No 20 shirt after completing his £24million switch from Arsenal.

        He has signed a four-year contract worth an incredible £250,000 per week - the same terms handed to Wayne Rooney two years ago.

        Speaking at his official unveiling press conference, he said: 'In these situations, when you have to make a hard decision in your life, I always listen to that little boy inside me. What does he want? That boy was screaming for Manchester United.

        'Everyone knows me by now. I love football. I am quite principled in that perspective. It is always difficult to find the perfect match but I do feel this is the perfect match for me.

        'Manchester United breathes football. If you look at all the players from Manchester United, the stadium and manager, my choice was made very soon.'

        Earlier, he said: 'It’s an honour to sign for Manchester United. I am looking forward to following in the footsteps of so many great strikers, bringing my experience and playing my part to help the team compete for the biggest trophies in the game. I can’t wait to get started.'

        His new strike partner Rooney posted on Twitter: '@Persie_Official welcome to manchester united mate.'

        Van Persie, who could now make his debut at Everton on Monday night, arrived at Manchester United's training ground on Friday morning to sign his new £12million-a-year contract.

        The Dutch international underwent a medical in Manchester on Thursday night before spending the night in a Cheshire hotel.

        The 29-year-old was then taken to United's training ground at 9am to meet his new team-mates and sign the astonishing £250,000-a-week deal that will give him parity at the club with Rooney.

        Van Persie then trained with his new club and is expected to go straight in to the team for the season's opener at Everton on Monday.

        Sir Alex Ferguson said: 'Robin is a world-class striker with a proven record in England and in European football.

        'His talents need no introduction to our fans – he has scored a number of goals against us in some classic battles with his former club. His movement, finishing and all-round ability are outstanding.

        He later told MUTV: 'The boy wanted to come. He turned down various clubs. If he hadn't told Arsenal he wanted to go to Manchester United, the transfer wouldn't have happened.'

        Ferguson admitted he thought it would be impossible to get Van Persie to sign, but had to make an attempt when the striker did not sign a new contract with the north London club.

         

        Deadly: Van Persie was all smiles alongside Wayne Rooney in Friday's training session

        Deadly: Van Persie was all smiles alongside Wayne Rooney in Friday's training session

        Wayne Rooney was quick to welcome Van Persie on Twitter
        Changing times: Van Persie is paraded inside Old Trafford after sealing his &pound;24m switch

        Changing times: Van Persie is paraded inside Old Trafford after sealing his £24m switch

        Delight: RVP
         
         
        Delight: RVP

        Delight: Van Persie was all smiles as he was shown off ahead of his press conference at Old Trafford

         

         


         

        'It has given everyone a lift,' said Ferguson. 'I have a complication to my life (selection). I don't know how I managed in 1999.

        'They can gel together. Robin's best position is furthest up the pitch. The most important thing is to win what we want to win. These players can help us to do that.'

        At the press conference, Ferguson added: 'We never thought we could get Van Persie. If you go back six months ago, I couldn't see us getting him.

        'I thought Arsenal are not going to let him go. When I read he had refused a new contract, that is when we acted. It has been a long haul.'

        Even so, it took a personal intervention from Ferguson to get the deal moving last week after it had apparently stalled permanently.

        'I can't elaborate but it was amicable,' said the Scot. 'Arsene knew the boy wanted to leave. He knew he wanted to join us. That made it a bit easier but not in terms of trying to reduce the fee.

        'He (Wenger) could run a poker school in Govan. He got a great price but we are also happy the matter is concluded. From the starting position when we first started negotiating, Arsene has done well.'

        Ferguson revealed he was still looking at a new signing for 'one more position' but 'only if a certain player came available'.

        Van Persie's old Arsenal team-mate Cesc Fabregas tweeted: 'As a friend and team mate of mine for the last 8 years i want to wish good luck to @Persie_Official and his new adventure at Man United.'

        An Arsenal statement read: 'Arsenal Football Club can confirm that Robin van Persie has now completed a transfer to Manchester United after terms were agreed between the clubs. 

        'This ends Robin’s eight-year association with Arsenal, after joining the Gunners from Dutch side Feyenoord in May 2004.


         

        Pairing: Van Persie speaks at his Friday afternoon press conference as he sits next to Ferguson

        Pairing: Van Persie speaks at his Friday afternoon press conference as he sits next to Ferguson

        Putting it all on red: Van Persie and Ferguson smile for the cameras at Old Trafford

        Putting it all on red: Van Persie and Ferguson smile for the cameras at Old Trafford

         

         

        'During his time with Arsenal, Van Persie made a total of 278 appearances for the Club, scoring 132 goals, including 37 from his 48 appearances last season.

        'His fantastic performances during the 2011/12 campaign resulted in the PFA (Professional Footballers’ Association) and FWA (Football Writers’ Association) Player of the Year awards, together with the Premier League Golden Boot. 

        'Van Persie also became a regular in the Netherlands national team during his time with Arsenal, making 68 appearances to date.

        'Everyone at Arsenal would like to thank Robin for his contribution during his time with the club.'

        United fought off competition from Manchester City and Juventus to bring the Dutch striker to Old Trafford and hope he will be able to feature against Everton on Monday.

        On Thursday, Ferguson claimed United will possess arguably Europe's most fearsome strike force when van Persie arrives.

        Ferguson has spoken about the new-look attacking options of Van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez, and the comparisons with the 1999 set of Andy Cole, Dwight Yorke, Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.


         

        Watching on: David Gill, agent Kees Vos and Van Persie's wife Bouchra at the press conference

        Watching on: David Gill, agent Kees Vos and Van Persie's wife Bouchra at the press conference

         

         

        Ferguson said: 'They (Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie) are two fantastic players and it will be great to have both of them. It gives us more strength and more combinations up front.

        'In 1999 I had Dwight Yorke, Andy Cole, Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the four best strikers in Europe.

         

        'We are going towards that now with Javier Hernandez, Wayne Rooney, Robin, Danny Welbeck and Shinji Kagawa.

        It is a fantastic collection of players and hopefully I pick the right combinations It is great to have a player of Robin van Persie's qualities to come into the squad. I am very pleased.'

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      • 'We had no choice': Arsene Wenger says he had to sell contract rebel RvP - and hints he won't spend cash now

         

        "We have already recruited since we bought (Olivier) Giroud and (Lukas) Podolski who originally were intended to offset the departure of van Persie," he added

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        'We had no choice': Arsene Wenger was forced to sell Robin van Persie
        'We had no choice': Arsene Wenger was forced to sell Robin van Persie

        Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists the Gunners were left with "no choice" but to sell Robin van Persie to Manchester United.

        Sir Alex Ferguson's side confirmed last night they had agreed a fee of £24million, for the Dutch striker who is today expected to undergo a medical and finalise terms.

        "He is at Manchester United, unfortunately for us. The transfer was finalised in the afternoon," said Wenger whilst working for French TV station TF1.

        "It's never great to lose players of that quality but he only had a year contract so we do not have a choice." 

         

        Wenger also suggested the money from the van Persie deal would not be immediately reinvested in the team, as he has already brought in new players this summer.

        "We have already recruited since we bought (Olivier) Giroud and (Lukas) Podolski who originally were intended to offset the departure of van Persie," he concluded.

        Van Persie will sign a four-year contract with United on £200,000-a-week in a package worth almost £40m to the Holland international.

        After weeks of wrangling, Ferguson had made a personal plea to old foe Arsene Wenger to agree to allow van Persie to join United .

        Wenger was reluctant to let his prized asset join the Red Devils, but was forced to cave in once the offer reached £24m.

         

         

         

        The photoshop is so good it could almost be the real thing

         

         

         

        The Dutchman had just one year left on his contract, and Arsenal faced the prospect of losing him for nothing next year unless they sold.

        The capture is a formidable statement of intent from United on the eve of the new Premier League season, as they aim to reclaim the title from local rivals Manchester City.

        United's attack now boasts the Premier League's two leading strikers from last season in van Persie and Wayne Rooney , who scored 71 goals between them.

        The news was greeted with fury by celebrity Arsenal fan and TV presenter Piers Morgan, who laid into the Dutchman on Twitter , labelling him "mercenary, heartless and selfish."

        Meanwhile one Manchester United striker could be going the other way and joining Arsenal. Click here to find out which one.

        Plus our Arsenal expert John Cross says that although van Persie's move will be seen as a betrayal by fans, at £24m the deal represents good business for the Gunners.

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      • On August 16 - 2012.

         

         

        The little boy inside me told me to join Manchester United, insists Van Persie 

         

        Fresh start: Robin van Persie poses with his No 20 shirt with Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson

        Fresh start: Robin van Persie poses with his No 20 shirt with Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson

        Signing on: Robin van Persie poses with Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson

        Signing on: Robin van Persie poses with Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson

         
         
         
         

         

         

        Robin van Persie said he had listened to 'the little boy inside him' when deciding to join Manchester United.

        The Dutch superstar will wear the No 20 shirt after completing his £24million switch from Arsenal.

        He has signed a four-year contract - the same terms handed to Wayne Rooney two years ago.

        Speaking at his official unveiling press conference, he said: 'In these situations, when you have to make a hard decision in your life, I always listen to that little boy inside me. What does he want? That boy was screaming for Manchester United.

        'Everyone knows me by now. I love football. I am quite principled in that perspective. It is always difficult to find the perfect match but I do feel this is the perfect match for me.

        'Manchester United breathes football. If you look at all the players from Manchester United, the stadium and manager, my choice was made very soon.'

        Earlier, he said: 'It’s an honour to sign for Manchester United. I am looking forward to following in the footsteps of so many great strikers, bringing my experience and playing my part to help the team compete for the biggest trophies in the game. I can’t wait to get started.'

        His new strike partner Rooney posted on Twitter: '@Persie_Official welcome to manchester united mate.'

        The Dutch international underwent a medical in Manchester on Thursday night before spending the night in a Cheshire hotel.
        .

        The 29-year-old was then taken to United's training ground at 9am to meet his new team-mates.

        Sir Alex Ferguson said: 'Robin is a world-class striker with a proven record in England and in European football.

        'His talents need no introduction to our fans – he has scored a number of goals against us in some classic battles with his former club. His movement, finishing and all-round ability are outstanding.

        He later told MUTV: 'The boy wanted to come. He turned down various clubs. If he hadn't told Arsenal he wanted to go to Manchester United, the transfer wouldn't have happened.'

        Ferguson admitted he thought it would be impossible to get Van Persie to sign, but had to make an attempt when the striker did not sign a new contract with the north London club.

         

        Deadly: Van Persie was all smiles alongside Wayne Rooney in Friday's training session

        Deadly: Van Persie was all smiles alongside Wayne Rooney in Friday's training session

        Wayne Rooney was quick to welcome Van Persie on Twitter
        Changing times: Van Persie is paraded inside Old Trafford after sealing his &pound;24m switch

        Changing times: Van Persie is paraded inside Old Trafford after sealing his £24m switch

        Delight: RVP
         
         
        Delight: RVP

        Delight: Van Persie was all smiles as he was shown off ahead of his press conference at Old Trafford

         


         

        'It has given everyone a lift,' said Ferguson. 'I have a complication to my life (selection). I don't know how I managed in 1999.

        'They can gel together. Robin's best position is furthest up the pitch. The most important thing is to win what we want to win. These players can help us to do that.'

        At the press conference, Ferguson added: 'We never thought we could get Van Persie. If you go back six months ago, I couldn't see us getting him.

        'I thought Arsenal are not going to let him go. When I read he had refused a new contract, that is when we acted. It has been a long haul.'

        Even so, it took a personal intervention from Ferguson to get the deal moving last week after it had apparently stalled permanently.

        'I can't elaborate but it was amicable,' said the Scot. 'Arsene knew the boy wanted to leave. He knew he wanted to join us. That made it a bit easier but not in terms of trying to reduce the fee.

        'He (Wenger) could run a poker school in Govan. He got a great price but we are also happy the matter is concluded. From the starting position when we first started negotiating, Arsene has done well.'

        Ferguson revealed he was still looking at a new signing for 'one more position' but 'only if a certain player came available'.

        Van Persie's old Arsenal team-mate Cesc Fabregas tweeted: 'As a friend and team mate of mine for the last 8 years i want to wish good luck to @Persie_Official and his new adventure at Man United.'

        An Arsenal statement read: 'Arsenal Football Club can confirm that Robin van Persie has now completed a transfer to Manchester United after terms were agreed between the clubs. 

        'This ends Robin’s eight-year association with Arsenal, after joining the Gunners from Dutch side Feyenoord in May 2004.


         

        Pairing: Van Persie speaks at his Friday afternoon press conference as he sits next to Ferguson

        Pairing: Van Persie speaks at his Friday afternoon press conference as he sits next to Ferguson

        Putting it all on red: Van Persie and Ferguson smile for the cameras at Old Trafford

        Putting it all on red: Van Persie and Ferguson smile for the cameras at Old Trafford

         

         Watching on: David Gill, agent Kees Vos and Van Persie's wife Bouchra at the press conference

        Watching on: David Gill, agent Kees Vos and Van Persie's wife Bouchra at the press conference

         

         

         

        'Everyone at Arsenal would like to thank Robin for his contribution during his time with the club.'

        United fought off competition from Manchester City and Juventus to bring the Dutch striker to Old Trafford and hope he will be able to feature against Everton on Monday.

         


         

         

         

        Edited by zocoss 22 Aug `12, 11:27AM
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      •  

        Van Persie arrives at hospital to undergo medical as United transfer nears completion

        All smiles: Robin van Persie has arrived at Bridgewater Hospital to undergo his Manchester United medical

        All smiles: Robin van Persie has arrived at Bridgewater Hospital to undergo his Manchester United medical

        All smiles: Robin van Persie has arrived at Bridgewater Hospital to undergo his Manchester United medical

        All smiles: Robin van Persie has arrived at Bridgewater Hospital to undergo his Manchester United medical

         
         
         

        Robin van Persie has arrived at Bridgewater Hospital to undergo a medical ahead of his proposed move to Manchester United.

        The 29-year-old is expected to join the Old Trafford side from Arsenal for a reported fee of £24million.

        United fought off competition from Manchester City and Juventus to snare the Dutch striker.

        Sir Alex Ferguson has claimed United will possess arguably Europe's most fearsome strike force when van Persie arrives.
        He should be ready to make his Manchester United debut at Everton on Monday.
        Let's go: Robin van Persie was filmed arriving at St Pancras off the Eurostar

         

        Let's go: Robin van Persie was filmed arriving at St Pancras off the Eurostar

         

         

         

        'We are going towards that now with Javier Hernandez, Wayne Rooney, Robin, Danny Welbeck and Shinji Kagawa.

        It is a fantastic collection of players and hopefully I pick the right combinations It is great to have a player of Robin van Persie's qualities to come into the squad. I am very pleased.'

        United sealed the signing of the summer when Arsenal agreed to sell Van Persie to their Barclays Premier League rivals for £24million.

        Even one of the players whose place is threatened expressed his delight, with Welbeck keen to welcome Van Persie into the United fold.

        'It is a massive boost to the club if Robin van Persie joins us,' he said. 'I am really looking forward to playing with him.

        'His agent is in discussions with (United chief executive) David Gill right about now. We hope all the things will be tied up, although sometimes medicals do take a bit longer. I am sure he will be available for Monday's game.'

        Arsene Wenger has admitted that Arsenal were powerless to stop Robin van Persie signing for Manchester United.

        Wenger has the best part of two weeks to spend some of the money before the transfer window is closed. He said on French TV on Wednesday night: ‘It’s sad to lose a player of his quality. He had only one year left on his contract so we didn’t have the choice.’

        Asked who he would recruit, Wenger said: 'We already signed Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud.'

         

        Final hurdle: Sir Alex Ferguson has been busy in the transfer market this summer

        Final hurdle: Sir Alex Ferguson has been busy in the transfer market this summer

         

         

        Van Persie is the first Arsenal player to join United since Viv Anderson in 1987 and the move has riled Gunners fans, who took to Twitter to abuse him.

        United are understood to have agreed a £15m downpayment for last season’s Footballer of the Year and Players’ Player — who scored 30 Premier League goals for last season. That will rise to £24m depending on appearances.

        Van Persie is expected to sign a four-year contract worth over £200,000 a week.

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      • Robin van Persie secures £22m move after Manchester United and Arsenal agree on a fee

        Robin van Persie is set to complete a £22 million move to Manchester United on Thursday after Arsène Wenger sanctioned the sale of the Arsenal captain to Old Trafford following a day of haggling over the final terms of the transfer.

        Robin van Persie set for Manchester United move
        Him up north: Robin van Persie's move to Manchester United looks to have been finalised this evening Photo: GETtY IMAGES
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        The Dutch forward, last season’s double Footballer of the Year, will fly from Brussels to Manchester this morning after being with the Holland squad for Wednesday night’s friendly against Belgium and will undergo a medical before signing a £200,000-a-week deal with Manchester United.

        United have overcome opposition from neighbours Manchester City and Italian champions Juventus to sign the 29 year-old, who had made it clear to Arsenal that he would not be extending his contract at the club beyond its expiry next June.

        Van Persie’s defection from the Emirates to Old Trafford, a rarely trodden path, will see him become the first direct transfer from Arsenal to United since England defender Viv Anderson completed a £250,000 move in 1987 to become Sir Alex Ferguson’s first signing as United manager.

        United released a brief statement on Wednesday night to confirm the agreement between the two clubs. The statement said: “Manchester United is pleased to announce it has reached agreement with Arsenal Football Club for the transfer of Robin van Persie. The deal is subject to a medical and the agreement of personal terms. A further announcement will be made in due course.”

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      • Welbeck and Hernandez can stay as they need back-ups as welll as Carling cup players. Berbatov and Macheda can be sold as United don't need so many strikers anymore... They have most likely added teenage Chilean kid striker Henriquez as well. So a good mix of strikers they got for the new season.

        Still can't believed they manage to get Robin. Thought it was just rumours at the start and even if they wanted, chances were he would go to City at the end of the day. But keep fingers crossed as the deal isn't done yet until it's completed...

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      • The financial fair play rules won't apply much to them as they have a over $100m annual profit to back them. It's those like Chelsea and City who hasn't got a huge commercial income and are back artificially that the rules are aim at.

        Anyway, United have takeover debts, Arsenal also have a $100m stadium debts yet to clear... Chelsea and City obviously don't have any... Spurs are probably manage the best in terms of accounting matters but not on pitch tho.