Ronaldo: Falcao a fantastic signing for Man Utd

The striker completed a season-long loan move to Old Trafford on Monday and the former club favourite is confident his arrival will provide a boost to the misfiring team


Cristiano Ronaldo feels Manchester United’s loan signing of Radamel Falcao is a “fantastic” piece of business and will give the underperforming squad a boost.

The Colombian completed his season-long switch from Monaco on transfer deadline day after Louis van Gaal beat off interest from Manchester City and Arsenal.

United will pay a €12.5 million loan fee and a significant portion of his €380,000-a-week wages but Ronaldo feels Falcao – who was also linked with a move to Real Madrid – is a coup for his former club.

“He is a very good player, I think Manchester United have done well to sign him,” Ronaldo told reporters. “We are talking about a top player here and a fantastic signing.”

Falcao became United’s sixth major summer signing after Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera, Marcos Rojo, Angel Di Maria and Daley Blind, but they are yet to record a competitive win under new boss Van Gaal.

A home loss to Swansea on the opening day of the Premier League season was followed by draws with Sunderland and Burnley and a 4-0 Capital One Cup humiliation at the hands of lower-league MK Dons.

And Ronaldo has backed Falcao is improve United’s fortunes, with his arrival proving a boost for his new team-mates.

He continued: “Manchester United have not had a good start with only two points, so the squad needed someone of Falcao’s quality.”

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Di Maria: I stayed at Real Madrid for Ronaldo

The attacking midfielder has revealed that he would have already left the Champions League winners last year had it not been for the Portugal star


New Manchester United signing Angel Di Maria has revealed that he stayed at Real Madrid last season because of his friendship with Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Argentina international was already heavily linked with a move away from Madrid in the summer of 2013, but he eventually stayed at the Santiago Bernabeu side because of the Portugal international’s presence.

Di Maria did leave Madrid this transfer window, however, as he joined Manchester United in a deal worth €75 million after losing his starting berth to James Rodriguez.

“The truth is that I have a great relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo and I stayed at Madrid last season thanks to him,” the Argentine told ESPN Radio.

“I left Madrid in the best possible way, by winning La Decima. In my farewell letter, I said exactly how I felt from the first day at the Bernabeu.

“I am grateful to Manchester United for meeting Madrid’s demands. But I don’t feel any extra pressure because I’m the most expensive player in the Premier League.

“The Premier League is more physical and about strength, whereas Spain was more about football. It’s a very strong league, though. Van Gaal has told me to try to adapt as quickly as possible.”

Di Maria made his official United debut in the scoreless draw with Burnley at the weekend.

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Ronaldo: I can’t say what I really think about Real Madrid reshaping

The Ballon d’Or winner has hinted at his dissatisfaction with Real Madrid’s transfer policy this summer and insisted Angel Di Maria and Xabi Alonso will be big losses


Cristiano Ronaldo has claimed he “can’t say what he thinks” about Real Madrid’s summer transfer moves but hinted he was unhappy at the way the club have reshaped their squad.

Xabi Alonso, Angel Di Maria, Diego Lopez and Alvaro Morata have all left the Bernabeu, while Monday saw the reigning European champions make their fourth major signing with Javier Hernandez joining recent arrivals Keylor Navas, Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez.

Fifa Ballon d’Or and Goal 50 winner Ronaldo certainly didn’t offer a glowing endorsement to the club’s activity in the current transfer window which closes tonight.

“I have my strong opinions, but I can’t always say what I think. Otherwise, tomorrow it would be on the front pages and I don’t want that,” he told the press at a media event for watchmaker Tag Heuer.

“But if the president thinks the best for the team is to sign players who joined and leave out others, we must respect and support his decisions.”

The 29-year-old Portugal international admitted the changes in personnel would inevitably result in a change in the team’s style – while the losses of Di Maria and Alonso, cornerstones of the club’s Decima success last term to Manchester United and Bayern Munich respectively, would be keenly felt.

“With all the new players the style will change, for better or worse” he said.

“Di Maria and Xabi were very important to us but now they are gone and we should be happy with the new players. I’m sure we’ll be fine.”

Ronaldo is currently recovering from a knee injury that saw him sit out his side’s surprise 4-2 defeat to Real Sociedad at the weekend, but says he expects to back within a week.

“Yesterday I went for a run. I’m sure in a week I’ll be back one hundred percent,” he said, before warning his team-mates they cannot repeat the complacent performance that saw them lose a two-goal lead on Sunday.

“It was a strange game, we were 2-0 up after minutes, but then things changed. We have taken it as a lesson that we cannot think a match is already won. We must fight to the end.”

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Chicharito: Madrid move a dream come true

The Mexico international is over the moon with his transfer to the Champions League holders and can’t wait to get started


Manchester United loanee Javier Hernandez has admitted that joining Real Madrid is a dream come true for him and is keen to prove the Santiago Bernabeu side were right to sign him.

The Mexico international has failed to nail down a regular spot in the United first-team since joining in summer 2010 and signed for Carlo Ancelotti’s side on a one-year loan deal on Monday after passing his medical.

Hernandez says he is keen to get started and prove his worth at his new club and insists he doesn’t feel pressure in following in the footsteps of compatriot Hugo Sanchez, who won five league titles in the seven years he spent at the club.

“I am delighted to be here and grateful to Real Madrid for giving me this chance. I will do everything I can to help the team. Playing for Real Madrid is a dream come true. Everybody in the world knows Real Madrid,” Hernandez said at a press conference.

“Hugo Sanchez had a great career here, but I want to do my own thing and make a name for myself. I will give my all to repay Madrid for the confidence shown in me. I want to win titles with Madrid.

“A big team cannot rely on one player. You need a team to be successful. And out of all the big clubs in the world, Real Madrid are the biggest.”

The 26-year-old could make his official Madrid debut in the Liga match against at home against Atletico after the international break on September 13.

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Official: Real Madrid sign Chicharito on loan

The Champions League holders have announced on their official website that they have signed the Mexico international on a temporary basis


Real Madrid have confirmed that they have secured the services of Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez on loan from Manchester United for the 2014-15 campaign, with an option to make the move permanent at the end of the season.

Madrid were in the market for a new striker following the exit of Alvaro Morata to Juventus earlier this summer and they have now found the back-up for main striker Karim Benzema that head coach Carlo Ancelotti had requested.

“Real Madrid and Manchester United have reached an agreement over the loan deal of Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, who will be playing for Madrid this season,” a statement on Madrid’s website reads.

“Madrid have an option to buy the player outright.

“Javier Hernandez will be unveiled to the media in the press room Monday at 16:30CET.”

The 26-year-old had joined Manchester United from Guadalajar in the summer of 2010 and had since made over 100 Premier League appearances for the Premier League outfit.

Nevertheless, he made the majority of his appearances coming off the bench due to the presence of Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie at the club and he was keen to move on following the imminent arrival of Radamel Falcao from Monaco.

Hernandez won two Premier League titles during his time at the Old Trafford outfit.

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