Manchester United have signed Radamel Falcao on a one-year loan deal from AS Monaco, with an option to buy at the end of the loan period.
"I am delighted to be joining Manchester United on loan this season. Manchester United is the biggest club in the world and is clearly determined to get back to the top. I am looking forward to working with Louis van Gaal and contributing to the team’s success at this very exciting period in the club’s history."
Daley, how does it feel to be at Manchester United?
It feels very good and I am very excited to start. I am very happy to be here.
Has it been a busy 24 hours for you with lots going on?
Yes it has been very busy. Everything was going so fast so I didn’t really have time to think about it all, but as I said I’m really happy to be here.
What are your experiences of Manchester United from afar?
United are one of the biggest clubs in the world. If you look at their history they have won a lot of cups and they have had players here for their whole career, like Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes. Those are players everyone knows about and I am a big fan of them. It’s now a dream come true to play for Manchester United and I’m very happy that I have this chance.
Of course, you know Louis van Gaal very well…
Yes, I know him very well from the Netherlands squad and it was very nice to work with him. I look forward to doing that here.
You had a very successful summer with the manager at the World Cup - that must have been a great experience for you?
It really was an amazing experience to play at a World Cup which has so much impact in the world. We had a really good team with the manager and the squad and it was like a family. It was really good to be part of it.
The manager must have been a big reason for you wanting to come to United?
Yes he has put a lot of trust in me and I feel really good about that.
What’s the most exciting thing about being a player under Louis van Gaal?
He expects everything at 100 per cent every day in training and in matches and everybody wants to produce that for him and also for yourself. That’s one of the biggest strengths of the manager.
How does it feel to be making such a big move from the club where you have been for your whole career, Ajax, to a club like United?
It’s a little bit crazy! I was with Ajax from seven-year-old which feels like a whole lifetime. But I’m 24 now and I think it’s a good move to make and a chance like this may never come again. Ajax gave me everything that I needed to be a player in the youth academy and then the first team and I’m really happy that I was there for such a long time, and it was they who helped me get here (to Manchester United).
What did you learn in your 17 years with Ajax?
There is probably too much to say because you learn every year, in the youth academy and then the first team and you get experience from the league, the Champions League, the cups and from all the difficult games you have against big rivals. And then I had the World Cup this summer, so I have experienced and learnt a lot in the last few years.
You’ll be working with Robin van Persie here, someone who you famously linked up with for that headed goal against Spain in your opening game at the World Cup…
Yes, it was a really good goal! Robin is a great person and he really helped me at the World Cup. I’m looking forward to working with him again.
What are you looking forward to most about being a Manchester United player?
I’m just looking forward to the games and playing in the stadium in front of the fans. I’ve been once before with Ajax for a Europa League game and it was really nice to play in such a stadium.
Finally, what have you made of the set-up at the Aon Training Complex?
It’s really big and everything looks really good. Everything is a little bit bigger than at Ajax but that’s why it’s one of the biggest clubs in the world.
"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."
- Louis van Gaal
Manchester United have signed Daley Blind from Ajax Amsterdam. He joins on a four-year contract, with the option to extend for a further year.
"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."
Javier Hernandez has joined Real Madrid on a season-long loan. The European champions have reserved a first buying option on the striker at the end of the loan. Chicharito will wear the no.14 shirt.
"I’m delighted and completely grateful to the whole institution of Real Madrid for having made the effort and I’ll give it my all. There is no player in the world who can say they wouldn’t like to wear this shirt or be at this club. It would be a big lie. For me it is a dream come true. I’m really happy to be here and I’m going to try and have fun, to help the team and win titles."
"I am believing it, as they say in Mexico. You know what it means to represent this club and I am here to contribute and hopefully things will go well for me. The most important thing is the present. I’m trying to live this dream and, starting tomorrow, working and giving my best."
"I’ve come here to belong to Real Madrid and I’m delighted to be at this club. I always try to lead my life with a lot of objectives and goals and I’m here to give everything, both on and off the pitch, and to help this team to be as or more successful than it is. None of the big teams, and this is the biggest, can win with just one player, they need everyone to achieve as a group."
"I’m a Real Madrid player. I accepted as soon as I knew there was interest in me and I hope to do as well as possible. I’m lucky and I have come here to enjoy it and help the team, which is the most important thing. The thing I love most is playing football and playing here is a blessing."
"It is a dream. Being able to represent this club is a dream come true. Every player knows what Real Madrid represents and it is an honour to be here."
Shinji Kagawa has left Manchester United to return to Borussia Dortmund. He has signed a four-year contract and will wear the no.7 shirt.
"The day I left, I said in an interview that the chapter Borussia Dortmund was not closed in my life. I wanted to fulfill my dream of playing in the Premier League. Now I am simply delighted to be back in Dortmund with this fantastic team and set-up and these unique fans. BVB is like a family and I am proud that they did not forget me and that I can belong to it once more."
New signing Angel Di Maria made his Manchester United debut against Burnley at Turf Moor.
Louis van Gaal:
"We didn’t see the world-class player from Madrid, but you can’t expect that yet. He has to adapt to the English culture and way of playing, but also to his fellow players. That needs time."
"He is a fantastic player. He showed glimpses of what he has got. He is very powerful, dynamic, has an eye for a pass and a goal. He’s only been here for a few days but it’s an introduction for him away at Burnley. I thought he coped with it well physically, he didn’t hide or shirk his responsibilities and showed he can make things happen. I expect him to be a great player for United."
"You have got a lot of challenges when you move to a new country but he is a tough Argentinian lad, he showed that. And he has given everyone a lift. It’s fantastic to have players like that and he will only improve us."
"I thought he was fantastic. It’s not easy to come away to Burnley, and he’s not used to having an early kick-off so I thought he handled that pretty well and showed a lot of class. In certain situations he was able to dribble past people, and I think that could be a huge asset for us."
"He played 60 minutes in his first game back and 70 minutes (against Burnley), so I think it’s a case of building up his game time. It’s frustrating, but it’s part of the world of football, because of the World Cup. It’s a pity, but we have to do it because otherwise he wouldn’t be fit for the season."
- Louis van Gaal (Premier League 2014/15: Burnley 0 - Manchester United 0)
Louis van Gaal:
"We played much better in the second half and created more chances. But you have to score from those chances, and we didn’t do that. It’s a disappointing result."
"I don’t think our confidence level was very high in the first half. But I think that’s normal when a club like United loses the first match and draws the second one. The pressure is higher and you have to cope with that. I could see in the first half that the players were very nervous to play the ball. We restored that in the second half, and maybe that will raise our confidence."
"It was a difficult game. They pressed us and played well. We could have scored in the first half but never really created any chances in the second half."
"Obviously, we are disappointed. We came here to get three points and we didn’t do it. We played better in the second half but it wasn’t enough to win."
"Maybe in the build-up (there were confidence issues) as we were trying to build up from the back but sometimes we didn’t do it well. We have to keep fighting because that’s what the manager wants. We have to believe as we have the quality players to do that."
"I think we were on top in the last 20 minutes of the game but didn’t score. We played most of the time in their half which is good but, if you don’t score from these chances, then it’s not good enough. I believe, when we try to play football in the last third, we can create but we played too many long balls in the first half which is maybe why we didn’t play as well. If you see the players that we have, we can play good football. It’s just a matter of keeping working, believing and being patient when building from the back."
"I think towards the end of the game we got frustrated because we could have put them under more pressure and created more chances. We knew what to expect, we knew that we’d be under pressure for 20 or 30 minutes and I think it was important that we didn’’t concede at that time. Once the game settled down in the second half, we had a lot of possession but didn’t create enough."
"I think the way the system sets us up, the biggest thing is that we have to be more patient going forward, and we need to know when the right time is to give the ball back to the goalkeeper. They were able to close down David (de Gea) a lot, as well as me and Tyler (Blackett) in the wide areas, so I think it’s a learning curve for us. The most important thing was that we didn’t concede."
Getting ready for Burnley.
Louis van Gaal:
"He has impressed me. The first training session was with all the boys and he was very impressive. The second was a little bit less so but he has to adapt to the culture and the players with whom he shall play. It is the other way around also: the Man United players have to adapt to his way of playing. I believe he is ready to play. He is fit enough. He played a match in Madrid and he is ready to play."
"A game is a game and a match is a match. He has a lot of hunger to play because he wants to support Manchester United. He said it in the press conference. He is a very modest guy. He wants to work for the team so I am very curious about his first appearance."
"You could see the qualities he has as, for me, he is the right person for this club. It’s great for everybody. It lifts everyone as it shows the intention the club has got to bring in a player of that quality."
"It’s a lot of money to spend on one player but he’s worth that money. Having seen him in the last couple of days in training, I’ve seen the quality he has got and he will be a great signing for us. He is great to have in the team."
"He’s a great player and he can bring us a lot of good things. He has qualities, pace, one-on-ones, assists, he’s very fast. So I think he will be very good for our team."
"He doesn’t speak very good English so I’m being a bit of a translator but I think it’s good when you have people helping you in your first days in a different country, a different language, a different league. You need people to help you."
- Juan Mata
"Personally, it’s good, hopefully I can score more goals and I can give more assists during this season but the most important thing is the team wins no matter who scores. I’m an attacking player so what I think I can do the best is try to score and try to assist my team-mates. That’s what I’ve done all my career and that’s what I will try to do here."
- Juan Mata
Wilfried Zaha has rejoined Crystal Palace on a season-long loan.
"It’s a great club, but since I’ve gone up there it hasn’t gone my way really. I haven’t really had the chance to showcase my talent or play much - that’s why I thought it would be best for me to get a loan, gain some experience and maybe go back a better player."
"It was an enormous experience and obviously the players that I have trained with and spoken to have helped me a lot like Giggsy, Robin (van Persie) and Rooney. Speaking to people like that is always going to help me in my career. Robin gives me tips on how to finish and who else is better than Robin when it comes to finishing! Just seeing them and being with them in training I think has developed me even more."
"I’m just buzzing to be back, to be in and around the lads again. The best place to come back to is Palace where I am loved. Speaking to my family and my agent, they knew I would be comfortable coming back here because I’ve got the support of the fans and the club. When I come back here I know I can just get straight back into it."