Manchester United will “accelerate” talks with David De Gea to extend the Spanish goalkeeper’s contract in a bid to fend off Real Madrid’s interest.
The 24-year-old has only 18 months left on his contract and has not ruled out the chance of returning to Spain, even though he also admitted feeling at home and settled in Manchester, and United are determined to tie De Gea to a long term deal, thus avoiding any offers from Real Madrid.
Manchester United have offered Victor Valdes a two-year deal, with the 32-year old set to become David De Gea’s number two at Old Trafford this month.
The former Barcelona keeper has been training with United for the last two months to recover from a serious knee injury that caused his proposed move to Monaco to collapse earlier this season and he’s now set to join United as free agent.
Louis Van Gaal’s first six months at Old Trafford have been difficult to judge. It feels as if United are still to fully reap the benefits of the summer spending spree, as injuries have hampered all the new arrivals, forcing Van Gaal to constantly reshuffle his team, though after a difficult start United are unbeaten in 10 games in all competition and sit third in the table.
However, while the unbeaten run has included seven wins and United are on track to achieve their target of returning to Europe next season, their performances have been unconvincing and have betrayed a vulnerability that must surely be addressed if a title challenge is to be mounted next season.
Wayne Rooney has been voted Manchester United’s Player of the Month for December, as United ended 2014 in third place on the table on the back of an eight-game unbeaten league run.
With 46% of the votes Rooney finished just ahead of Michael Carrick and Ashley Young, both influential figures during United’s streak which included six consecutive wins across the last two months of 2014.
David Moyes has compared Adnan Januzaj to Johan Cruyff, claiming the Belgian is a special player, who’s mature despite his young age and desperate to succeed.
Januzaj has had limited opportunities under Louis Van Gaal this season but was arguably the only positive of Moyes’ spell in charge at United, as the Belgian established himself as one of the best young players in the Premier League and earned himself a spot in Belgium squad for the World Cup.
Javier Hernandez will leave Manchester United this summer, regardless of what happens to Radamel Falcao, with Louis Van Gaal adamant that the Mexican is now surplus to requirements at Old Trafford.
According to a report in the Telegraph, Chicharito will be allowed to leave at the end of the season even if United choose not to make Falcao’s move to Old Trafford permanent, with the on-loan Colombian striker set to cost the club in the excess of £40m.
Darren Fletcher has said him and his teammates are desperate to lift the FA Cup this season, 11 years on since they last lifted English football’s oldest trophy.
Fletcher was in the squad that beat in the final Millwall in 2004, but tasted the feat against Arsenal 12 months later and was on the losing side against Chelsea in the first final at the new Wembley stadium in 2007. That was the last occasion United reached the final, before twice falling in the semifinal in 2009 and 2011 and Fletcher insists United have to put the record straight this season.
Steven Gerrard has been pretty much on every single newspaper over the last couple of days, since he announced his decision to leave Liverpool at the end of the season and relocate to the MLS.
It turns out that the last bastion of proper football, the Liverpool icon and just about to the greatest player to have ever played the sport, wasn’t such a keen Liverpool fan when he was younger and even had a United shirt.