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So confirmation that Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick will miss the start of the season with a serious ankle injury. More on that developing story on the BBC Sport website.


Manchester United say Michael Carrick has had surgery on Thursday on his left ankle ligaments and will be out for 10-12 weeks.


More on Swansea City forward Michu's move to Napoli on a season-long loan.

The Welsh club have issued the following statement on their website: "Swansea City can confirm that Michu has joined Napoli on a season-long loan with an agreed option to buy.

"The 28-year-old completed a medical earlier today and will now link up with Rafael Benitez's side ahead of the new campaign."

Tour de France

Alexander Kristoff wins stage 12 of the Tour de France in a sprint, while Vincenzo Nibali still has the yellow jersey.

Kristoff, a Norwegian with the Katusha team, emerged from the pack which overtook a pair of breakaway riders with less than seven kilometres to go.


Swansea City announce Spanish forward Michu has joined Napoli on loan for the 2014-15 season.

Manchester United: Van Gaal tells MUTV 'Ryan Giggs can teach me the culture, he can help me a lot and I can help him be a very good manager in the future'.

Rugby League

Salford are to reunite a trio of Oxford-born brothers at the AJ Bell Stadium in 2015.

Former Wakefield, Huddersfield, Leeds and England prop Darrell Griffin, 33, was joined at the Red Devils last month by brother Josh, 24, and from next season they will be accompanied by 22-year-old George, who is currently with London Broncos.

George, who joined the Broncos at the start of the year from Hull KR, has signed a 12-month deal, while Josh was one of four Salford players handed extended contracts on Thursday.

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Ajay Patel: Louis van Gaal is already instilling confidence; not sugar coating anything and already you can see his strong personality.

Stuart Reid: Van Gaal more self-assured than David Moyes and has luxury of reduced expectation.

Kithmina Hewage: Louis van Gaal seems like someone who knows what he's doing and truly believes that he's worthy of being manager at Manchester United.


Former Manchester United midfielder Ray Wilkins believes it will be a building season for Louis van Gaal at Manchester United.

This year Vidic, Ferdinand and Evra have all left at the back," says Wilkins. "They are losing a lot of experience but so far he has brought in players of potential.

"Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho on the other hand has brought in established players."


James Anderson and Ravindra Jadeja's preliminary hearing will be on Tuesday 22 July with a date for the hearing proper to be confirmed at a later date.

England bowler Anderson has been charged with misconduct by the International Cricket Council following claims he abused and pushed India all-rounder Jadeja during the first Test.

Road Cycling

Team Sky's Jonathan Tiernan-Locke has been given a two-year ban for anomalies in his biological passport. He won the Tour of Britain in 2012 but this victory has now been taken off him.


Just to recap, Louis van Gaal has given his first news conference as manager of Manchester United. It ended with him revealing that Michael Carrick had suffered a serious injury that is likely to force him to miss the start of the new season.

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Juliette Ferrington

BBC Sport

"Before the news conference started there was a video playing on loop highlighting Louis van Gaal's achievements throughout his career. 'The Story So Far' being played out on the big screens. Sheringham, de Boer, Seedorf all featured. One of the tributes to Van Gaal was 'He is smart, very smart. He sees possibilities to make players better'."

Sunday People chief football writer Steve Bates: Totally different press conference to when David Moyes took charge a year ago. Louis van Gaal is captivating his audience.

Sunday Times football correspondent Jonathan Northcroft: Van Gaal - right off the bat, and not happily - raising issue of Manchester United's commercial motivations and hunger for sponsors was fascinating.


Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has suffered a serious ankle injury and could be out for up to 10 weeks.

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David Ornstein at Old Trafford

BBC Sport

"Manchester United's Michael Carrick will be injured for a 'long time' and will miss the club's tour of the USA. The midfielder was injured in training this week.

"Louis van Gaal did not give details of the injury suffered, and told reporters that the club would make an announcement. When asked how long the player would be out, he said: "A long time."


Ian Herbert, sports writer at The Independent: Van Gaal's press conference ends with news that Michael Carrick has suffered an injury that will keep him out for 'a long time.. too long.'

BBC Sport's David Ornstein: Louis van Gaal confirms Michael Carrick injured himself in training in the last two days and is out for "a long time". Van Gaal refused to specify the nature of Carrick's injury but said "big blow" and told us to await club statement for details.

Louis van Gaal news conference

And with that, Louis van Gaal exits the Europa Suite and makes his way down to the pitch at a sun drenched Old Trafford to pose for photographs that will be appearing on all of Friday's back pages.

Van Gaal: "I am not always convinced of the experience of players. I have said a lot of times in the media, Clarence Seedorf was 16 years old, I let him make his debut for Ajax. He was sometimes more experienced than a player of 30-years-old.

"It is dependent on the personality. You mentioned Wayne Rooney, but there is, for example, Michael Carrick. He is injured, that is in my opinion a big blow because he is an experienced player.

"It is very important we have experienced players, not only in age but as a human being. My philosophy is not only the football player but in total."

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Reporter: Can you fulfil expectations at Manchester United?

Van Gaal: I'm now two days here, I've met a lot of people and when you see that kind of people loving the club they expect a lot of me.

"Can I fulfil that expectation? I think I can but because of the greatness of this club it is much more difficult than in another club. This club is also guided in a commercial way and we have to fulfil that also, but it is not always possible to fulfil both."

Van Gaal on Sir Alex Ferguson: "He called me to congratulate me and we have spoken about a cup of coffee. We know each other very well and I shall drink coffee and drink wine with him, maybe the better wine!"

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Van Gaal on suggestions he is an autocratic manager: "The media wants to show that part of the personality.

"When you repeat that everyone thinks it is like that. I have a strong philosophy. Sir Alex Ferguson has also a strong philosophy and he won a lot of titles."

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Van Gaal on his style of management: "I'm democratic, of course I have a strong personality."


When asked if he should have taken a holiday after the World Cup, Van Gaal says: "It's not allowed!" But he added that work is like a holiday for him because he likes it so much.

Louis van Gaal news conference

Reporter: What would be a good season for Manchester United in 2014-15?

Van Gaal: I don't know. First I need to see how quick the players can pick up my philosophy. I haven't worked with most of them so we have to wait and see.

"It's very important there is a click between the players and the manager. For me the challenge is always first not fourth."

Louis van Gaal news conference

"Nicky Butt is also assisting us. Paul Scholes - we shall find a role for him and also for Phil Neville I believe. That is what we want but it has to be possible. We have to adapt to the qualities of these people. We have to speak to them."

Louis van Gaal news conference

Van Gaal says says it could be up to four weeks before he makes a signing. "I want to look at the players here at present. I know the players but I have not trained and coached them. It will take three or four weeks to see what they can do before we buy other players.

"Shaw and Herrera were already o the list and I approved them because I liked them."


There's lots of smiles from Manchester United's new manager. He takes a slip of water and then carries on answering questions.

Louis van Gaal news conference

Van Gaal on whether there is a time frame for success: "The owners and the chief executive have a lot of confidence in me. They have come to me.

"I have explained my philosophy and they were excited. We have to wait and see if I can fulfil the expectations of these people and also the fans because the fans are very important. But in the world of football you cannot predict. Nobody predicted that Germany would beat Brazil 7-1."

Louis van Gaal news conference

Van Gaal is not making any rash promises. He refuses to make any predictions on what to expect at Manchester United next season.

He adds: "I will do my utmost best. That's what I can give. I cannot give predictions. You have the biggest club in the world and in two days I know how important Manchester United is.

"I'm here to prepare the team and to adapt to this team."

Louis van Gaal news conference

Asked about making new signings, Van Gaal says: "First I want to see the players performing my philosophy. Then I will think about signing players."

Louis van Gaal news conference

Louis van Gaal says he is relishing the challenge at Old Trafford and adds: "When I was in China or in Brazil people were talking about Manchester United.

"It is a lot of expectation also but its also a great challenge. I worked for Barcelona who in my opinion are number one in Spain, Ajax number one in Netherlands, Bayern Munich number one in Germany. I hope I shall fulfil the expectations."

Louis van Gaal news conference

On his hopes for Manchester United, Van Gaal says: "I cannot give predictions because you never know. It's the biggest club in the world, within two days I know already how important Manchester United is but also how important the sponsors are.

"I have to adapt to this big club, it will not be easy but you can see what I have won."

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Louis van Gaal starts his news conference by thanking Manchester United legend Sir Bobby Charlton who is in the room. "I want to thank Sir Bobby Charlton because its a great honour to come into this stadium as the trainer of Manchester United and be guided by Sir Bobby Charlton," he says.

"I know what he means for Manchester United but also for English football."

Daily Mirror Manchester reporter David McDonnell: Van Gaal arrives with Sir Bobby Charlton. Van Gaal and Sir Bobby holding a Man Utd shirt with 'Van Gaal 1' on the back.

Louis van Gaal news conference

Louis van Gaal has appeared triggering a flurry of flashbulbs. . . he's looking pretty smart too in a light coloured suit and Manchester United tie.

David Ornstein

BBC Sport

"Louis van Gaal's presentation will take place in the Europa Suite, which has been given a facelift over the summer - a new look for a new manager and a new era.

"Pictures of past glories adorn the walls, while a video tribute to Van Gaal is being played out from a TV screen on a glitzy stage where the new boss will take his seat shortly.

"There is a buzz around the ground that was conspicuous by its absence during David Moyes's unsuccessful 10-month reign - Van Gaal feels like a better fit for a role executed with such distinction by Sir Alex Ferguson for 26 years."

Louis van Gaal news conference

Several players are still waiting to hear what the future holds under Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford but Dutch left-back Alexander Buttner has already left.

Buttner, 25, made only 13 Premier League appearances in two seasons and was sold to Dynamo Moscow for £4.4m.

David Ornstein

BBC Sport at Old Trafford


"Reporters and camera crews are rapidly filing into Old Trafford ahead of Louis van Gaal's first news conference as Manchester United manager.

"It's not a huge media presence - many correspondents are enjoying post-World Cup holidays or have already flown to the USA ahead of United's pre-season tour - but there are still plenty of British, Dutch and Asian journalists waiting to quiz the 62-year-old."

Louis van Gaal news conference

Louis van Gaal's next big-money buy after Ander Herrera came after England's early return from the World Cup in Brazil.

Southampton's 18-year-old left-back Luke Shaw, another player identified by sacked boss David Moyes, arrived for £27m.

"I want to continue to progress my career and joining United is the ideal place for me to do that," said Shaw.


Independent football writer Ian Herbert: Video extolling virtues of Louis van Gaal running in Manchester United conference room where he's about to be presented as manager.

Louis van Gaal news conference

Louis van Gaal's first signing came on June 26 when Manchester United confirmed the arrival of Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera, 24, from Athletic Bilbao for £29m.

Former boss David Moyes had tried, and failed, to sign the Spain under-21 and under-23 international the year before.

"Signing for Manchester United is a dream come true," said Herrera, who agreed a four-year deal.

Louis van Gaal news conference

In one of his first interviews after taking over as Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal said he would like to win the Premier League title in his first season in charge. And why not, because he did just that at Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

"Spain saw me succeed in my first year and in Germany as well," he said. "In England, it must also be possible. But there can only be one champion."

Louis van Gaal news conference

Louis van Gaal's first input after being appointed Manchester United manager on 19 May was to hand the role of assistant boss to the club's longest-serving player Ryan Giggs.

The 40-year-old, who had been in charge of the first team for four games following the sacking of David Moyes, duly announced his retirement from playing after winning 34 trophies and playing in 963 games.

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Will Louis van Gaal bloom at Manchester United? A team of expert florists have produced a mural, which is made from approximately 25,000 red and white flowers shipped in from Van Gaal's native Holland, in Manchester city centre to welcome him to the city.


Half an hour to the start of Louis van Gaal's first news conference as Manchester United manager. Sportsday Live will bring you all the headlines and key quotes from Old Trafford.

The Open

Justin Rose begins his first round at The Open, with Hoylake still resplendent in the warm sunshine. Englishman Rose, winner of last week's Scottish Open, is playing alongside Adam Scott and Jason Dufner. Follow the action on BBC Two and keep up to date with the BBC website live text.

Commonwealth Games

Twenty additional members of the workforce at the Commonwealth Games village have been reported as experiencing mild gastrointestinal symptoms.

All 20 have been told to remain at home until they have been clear of symptoms for 48 hours. It brings the total number of reported cases to 32.


Just to remind you that you can watch Louis van Gaal's first news conference as Manchester United manager at 15:00 BST. Sportsday Live will have a live feed from Old Trafford and we'll also have all the main headlines and key quotes.



BBC Sport's Juliette Ferrington: "Dutch journalists at Old Trafford saying Van Gaal will fulfil his biggest dream if he can make Manchester United champions again."

The Open

Defending champion Phil Mickelson gets his round under way at Hoylake, in a prestigious three-ball also containing Masters winner Bubba Watson and four-time major champion Ernie Els. Follow the action on BBC Two and keep up to date with the BBC website live text.


West Ham sign Ecuador striker Enner Valencia, 25, on a five-year contract from Mexican club Pachuca subject to a work permit in a deal reportedly worth £12m.

The Open


Rory McIlroy completes a six under round of 66 to take the clubhouse lead on day one of The Open at Hoylake. The 25-year-old had three birdies on each nine, with no dropped strokes.