Manchester United’s summer transfer dash continued on deadline day with the signing of Dutch international Daley Blind for £14million. Press Association Blind has agreed a four-year deal with United and his versatility will provide options for Van Gaal, whose initial attempts to shift United to 3-5-2 have proved a struggle. Blind is comfortable across the back line, at wing-back or as a defensive midfielder. He told United’s official website: “It is a real honour to sign for Manchester United. “I have been at Ajax since I was seven years old and I will always have very fond memories of the club and of my time there. “Louis van Gaal is a tremendously talented coach, I have worked with him at Ajax and also for the Netherlands national team and I cannot wait to work with him at the biggest club in the world.” The United boss added: “I am delighted Daley has signed for the club. “He is a very intelligent and versatile footballer that can play in many positions. “Daley is a great reader of the game, he has played under my philosophy over a number of years and he will be a great addition to the team.” Blind, 24, had long been expected to join his former Holland boss Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford and the deal was finally signed off just over three hours before the end of the window. Blind’s arrival from boyhood club Ajax takes the Red Devils’ spending to around £150million on permanent signings, following the big money acquisitions of Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera, Marcos Rojo and Angel di Maria, the latter becoming Britain’s most expensive player having cost £59.7million from Real Madrid.
Jose Mourinho believes Manchester United manager David Moyes is to blame for the saga surrounding star forward Wayne Rooney.Mourinho, speaking ahead of Chelsea’s clash with United on Monday, responded to questions about getting a fiery reception at Old Trafford because of his Rooney interest by putting the heat on Moyes.“They are against me?” Mourinho is quoted as saying in the Telegraph. “But I didn’t say [to Rooney] you will be a second-choice for me. And they are against me?“We are trying to get a player that a manager told ‘You will be a second option’ for him. We are not going for [Robin] van Persie.“They don’t have to be against me. If I say Ramires is a second option for me and he plays when Lampard is tired or injured, if someone comes here to get Ramires, nobody is upset When asked if Moyes was to blame for the ongoing transfer speculation around Rooney, Mourinho said: “Of course.” The Blues boss, though, did attempt to smooth over his abrasive comments as he prepares to face an early Premier League title test at United.“In every big team, I am not criticising, you have first options and second options, and those second options must be very good players,” he said. “Of course big teams must have second choices. Big players too. The point is if the players are happy to accept that situation.“It means they have a fantastic squad. Fantastic. I was playing against them last year. He [Rooney] was on the bench and he [Ferguson] was playing Van Persie, [Danny] Welbeck, [Shinji] Kagawa. The squad is amazing. So it is natural that some players have to be second-choice.”
Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Canning was out for just under two weeks in early August. He returned and pitched twice, including an outing in which he gave up one run in seven innings on Sunday, before reporting more issues.Canning, 23, is 5-6 with a 4.58 ERA in 90-1/3 innings in his first season in the big leagues. A product of UCLA and Santa Margarita Catholic High, Canning came into the season as the Angels’ top pitching prospect.Canning’s scheduled start on Friday will be taken by Jose Suarez, who had just been optioned to the minors on Sunday. Suarez could return to the majors within 10 days because he’s replacing an injured player.UP NEXTAngels (LHP Jose Suarez, 2-4, 6.75 ERA) at Astros (RHP Zack Greinke, 13-4, 2.84), Friday, 5:10 p.m., Fox Sports West, 830 AMRelated Articles Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter HOUSTON — Griffin Canning’s rookie season is over, although the Angels announced that an MRI exam on Thursday showed only inflammation in his elbow.The club announced that he would not pitch the rest of the season, allowing the inflammation to subside.Considering the Angels are out of the race for the postseason, it is no surprise they are taking a cautious approach with Canning, even absent evidence of any structural damage.Canning, the Angels’ top rookie pitcher, will be placed on the injured list for the second time in a month, both times because he felt mild discomfort and inflammation in his elbow after pitching. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error