Manchester United news round-up including Aubameyang, Ibrahimovic and Lukaku
Here is the latest Manchester United transfer news and gossip.
Manchester United will face competition from Porto if they are to complete a deal for Braga midfielder Rafa Silva, according to reports. Man United are said to be keen admirers of the 22-year-old but Porto are also in the race to secure his services.
Borussia Dortmund sporting director Hans-Joachim Watzke has revealed that the German club would only consider selling Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang if they were offered at least £78m for his services. Aubameyang has enjoyed a remarkable campaign for Dortmund this term, scoring 32 goals in 36 appearances.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has suggested that he could retire at the end of the season if he does not receive a suitable offer following his exit from Paris Saint-Germain. The Swede is said to be the subject of interest from clubs such as Man United, Chelsea and Arsenal but he hinted that he could just retire altogether.
Lastly, Arsenal legend Ian Wright has claimed that he understands why Romelu Lukaku would want to move to a club such as Man United. The player’s father recently claimed that his son should choose between a transfer to Man United or Bayern Munich. Wright insisted that Lukaku has more of a chance of making the “next step” in his career at Old Trafford.
When Marcus Rashford slid the ball past Joe Hart in the derby it was the composed finished of a seasoned striker, not a teenager with less than a dozen senior appearances under his belt.
It’s safe to say Rashford has exploded onto the Premiership scene, with goals against bitter rivals City and Arsenal he could not have had a better start to his United career. Aside from the headline debut, Rashford’s name has been cited for an England call up, and news broke that his £500 a week salary has risen to a colossal £20,000.
With Wayne Rooney having a difficult season, struggling with both form and injuries, could the 18-year-old sensation really be a threat to the Manchester United skipper’s place in Van Gaal’s starting eleven?
Manchester United will face West Ham United in the replay of the FA Cup quarter finals on Wednesday 13th April at 7pm, with the winner set to face Everton at Wembley on Saturday 23rd April.
Ten days ago, the two sides drew 1-1 at Old Trafford, as a later Anthony Martial’s goal rescued a draw for United, who had gone behind after Dimitri Payet scored a superb free-kick.
Louis Van Gaal hailed the atmosphere in the dressing room as “fantastic” after Manchester United secured an unexpected 1-0 win in the Manchester derby.
Marcus Rashford scored the only goal of the game, netting after just 16 minutes, and United looked in control for an hour but were forced to cling on their slender lead in the final 30 minutes.
Starting XI: De Gea, Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Rojo, Schneiderlin, Carrick, Lingard, Mata, Martial, Rashford.
Subs: Romero, Fosu-Mensah, Valencia, Fellaini, Schweinsteiger, Januzaj, Memphis.
Louis Van Gaal has added yet another entry to the list of baffling statements by claiming Manchester United trailing Leicester by 19 points is what makes football beautiful.
The United manager has spent over £250m in his first two seasons at the club but refused to consider the gap between his side and the league leaders as embarrassing, claiming instead that the achievements of Claudio Ranieri’s side proved football’s unpredictable nature.
Jose Mourinho has reportedly signed a pre-contract with Manchester United and could be in line for a hefty compensation if he’s not secured a permanent deal by 1 June.
According to Spanish newspaper El Pais, a source close to Mourinho’s agent Jorge Mendes has confirmed that the former Chelsea boss signed an agreement with United last month, although the club have made clear it retains the right to change their mind.
Manchester United travel to Etihad for a vital derby against Manchester City this Sunday.
The last time these two sides met this season, both teams shared the spoils. This time, both of them will be reluctant to drop points at this delicate stage of the season.
The home side are still in the title race and will want to close the gap with Leicester City whereas Manchester United will want to give it their best for a chance of Champions League qualification.
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