RANGERS SEE SENSE WITH RAM
There’s going to be more ins and outs than a cat’s proverbial at City and United over the next couple of months.
A host of star players from each side are packing their bags as managers Louis Van Gaal and Manuel Pellegrini get the cheque books out.
And before they can move to bring in new men, plenty of old ones need the order of the boot.
At United, there’s mixed feelings as they get ready to chase Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and others who can get them back to near the top of the Premier League.
Their main worry is losing their goalkeeper David De Gea — the best they’ve had since Schmeichel packed in.
He looks ever more certain to be wearing a Real Madrid shirt next season with the bookies pricing him up at just 1/5 to be at the Bernabeu come the big kick-off in August.
So while that leaves a huge gap between the sticks, it will free up an extra £30m or so to splash on new talent.
Mind you, Van Gaal hasn’t quite given up the fight to keep him just yet.
He said: “He has to decide because we have given a fantastic contract because we want him to stay. I analyse his position and then I say he is Spanish, he is Spanish international, still behind Iker Casillas.
“Now a Spanish club is coming, his girlfriend is Spanish, his father and mother come every week or every two weeks here, so it is difficult.”
De Gea limped off against Arsenal at the weekend and, with a big-money move looming, he won’t be risked in the last game if he’s not fully fit.
So, United fans, you may have seen him wear the shirt for the final time.
Further up the pitch, Van Gaal will be happier to see the back of some underperforming members of his squad.
Radamel Falcao did the full “wave at the crowd” act when coming off against the Gunners.
Even though there was barely a wet eye in the house as his loan move has been little short of a flop.
He’ll go back to Spain and Robin Van Persie might well join him too as United look to get a fee for the Dutchman before his contract enters its final year.
He was incredible during his first season at Old Trafford but his injury blight has returned and the past two years have been very much underwhelming.
Similar comments apply to Angel Di Maria, who has hardly lived up to his status as United’s record buy.
To be fair, he hasn’t had much of a run in the team but