IT has been a busy week for Manchester United – despite Ole's side not being in action.
The future of stopper David De Gea is once again unclear with the Spaniard set to reject a new deal – meanwhile Alexis Sanchez's disappointing campaign last season has come back to haunt his FIFA rating.
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RYAN GIGGS is set to cross enemy lines once again when the Class of 92 play in Vincent Kompany's testimonial at the Etihad on Wednesday night.
Manchester United legend Giggsy will star alongside Gary and Phil Neville, Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes to honour the ex-City skipper.
Almost 50,000 tickets have been sold as City fans bid an emotional farewell to Kompany, who joined Anderlecht this summer as player-boss.
Giggs will star for a Prem All-Stars XI against a Manchester City legends side in aid of homeless charity Tackle4McR.
And the Welshman, 45, thinks his United pals will get a rough ride from their noisy neighbours, especially with tough-tackling Scholes around.
Giggs said: “I don’t expect a warm welcome — I’ve never had one at the Etihad, I don’t expect anything different.
“I was delighted when Vincent asked us to play.
“Even though he played for City, I think he’s been a brilliant player and he’s done a lot for Manchester as well away from football.
“He loves the city, it’s for a good cause and he’s raising lots of money. It’s well deserved.
“It will be interesting, competitive and hopefully a decent game.
“It will be a nice friendly — but Scholesy is involved so probably not!”
MANCHESTER UNITED are set to battle it out with neighbours City for £91m Portuguese whizkid Florentino Luis.
Old Trafford chiefs sent scouts to watch the Portugal Under-20 star at Benfica.
The 20-year-old defensive midfielder played 15 games for the Portuguese giants last season after stepping up from the Benfica B team in February.
He is set to play a key role this season in the Primeira Liga and the Champions League.
Benfica have a release clause of 100 million euros or £91m for a player they have huge high hopes for.
Portuguese outlet A Bola reports that members of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s backroom staff watched Benfica’s 4-0 win at Braga last Sunday.
DANIEL JAMES could hardly have had a better start to his Manchester United career, scoring three times and now adding a goal for Wales last night too.
The crowd have already been singing his name and James has talked about how much he enjoys playing in front of the United fans.
James said: “Coming out to Old Trafford on my starting home debut was amazing. You really feel it — I got goosebumps when I came out. The atmosphere was amazing. You hear them [fans] all game.
“The away fans at Wolves and the amount of people that come is amazing as well.
“You could say they were as loud as the home fans, and that’s something that’s going to be very important again this year – for them to be behind us and be our 12th player.”
ALAN SHEARER reckons Manchester United have taken a 'huge gamble' in the summer transfer market.
Writing in his exclusive column for SunSport, Shearer highlighted that United would probably need to rely on Marcus Rashford for goals after failing to replace Romelu Lukaku.
Both Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez joined Inter Milan over the summer but United did not sign a striker.
And ex-England forward Shearer reckons it could come back to bite them.
Shearer wrote: “They have taken a huge gamble by not replacing Lukaku.
“Going into the season with just Marcus, Martial and Mason Greenwood is very risky and that is a huge burden for those three to carry over a long campaign.”
THE ENORMOUS scale of Manchester United's scouting operation has been revealed.
United spent nearly £150million on three players this summer but that list started with thousands of names on it, according to FourFourTwo.
Manchester United columnist Andy Mitten claims the club are watching at any one time up to 15,000 players.
They then pick the 50 best before shortlisting 15 for targeting in the transfer market.
Despite their enormous scouting network, the club have consistently failed to appoint a director of football to oversee the operation.
Instead, Mitten claims executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward still has the final say while manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and assistant Mike Phelan are heavily involved at every stage.
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