Manchester United have today confirmed that young Italian forward, Kiko Macheda, is set to join VfB Stuttgart on loan for the remainder of the season.
A club statement on their website says…..
United have reached an agreement with the Bundesliga club and the Italian is in Germany completing the temporary transfer.
Stuttgart are currently in 10th place in the German top-flight and and have been in the market for a new striker.
Ajax are due to open contract talks with rising star Viktor Fischer amid renewed interest from Manchester United.
Fischer has enjoyed a stunning start to his Ajax career, scoring five goals in his first 10 games. That’s faster than former Ajax luminaries Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who took 11 matches, and Marco van Basten, who needed 13.
United have kept tabs on Fischer for some time and the forward is seen as one of the brightest talents at Ajax for some time.
In the movie Love Actually, Alan Rickman’s secretary and lover addresses her boss’ question as to what she’d like for Christmas with a sharp, conclusive reply: “I don’t want something I need,” she says, “I want something I want.”
If you’ll excuse the excursus in the romantic-comedy branch of British cinematography, you’ll find that the quote is United’s policy in the transfer window in a nutshell.
Former Liverpool centre back, Alan Hansen, questioned Manchester United keeper David De Gea’s credentials on BBC’s Match of the Day last night after he flapped at the cross which ultimately led to Spurs snatching a late late equaliser in good old ‘Fergie Time’.
There’s been much wrote about De Gea recently on RedRants and many believe he should be given full backing while he develops and he gains that all important ingredient, experience.
In my opinion, highlighting a weakness in a players game or in a team doesn’t mean you’re not backing him or it, it just means the jury’s still out and you have your doubts. I don’t see what’s so bad about that.
Here’s what Hansen had to say in his Daily Telegraph piece…..
The great Sir Matt Busby once said: “At United we strive for perfection, if we fail we might just have to settle for excellence”. As I stood in the freezing cold at White Hart Lane yesterday, on the 19th anniversary of Sir Matt’s death, those words sounded ironic to say the least, considering the current state of some sections of United fans.
Despite the disappointment for dropping two points with the last kick of the game, on my way home on the Tube ( a short trip to away games in London is one of the few positives that came with relocating south some three years ago) I was still relatively pleased with the performance, considering we had come a few seconds away from snatching a hard-fought win against a very good side, one that has established itself as one of the league’s top four teams over the last few years and that contains several quality players.
After the snow that had covered most of the country over the last few days and threatened to postponed the match, today’s fixture at White Hart Lane was always going to be about grit.
Plenty of it was spread across the northern corner of the capital to ensure the game could go on as normal, and United showed grit in abundance as they defended for their lives during a frantic second half.
One of the few positives out of Wednesday’s dull and uninspiring win against West Ham in the FA Cup was that, in Anderson, Wayne Rooney and Nani, Sir Alex Ferguson has now recovered three players that could prove crucial to United’s chances of success this season.
Nani, in particular, is a player that United desperately need to fire on all cylinders from now until the end of the season, for the Portuguese’s ability to turn a game on its head is a commodity too precious to do without when the fixtures pile up thick and fast when even the most straightforward of game can turn into a banana skin, as United experienced last season notably away to Wigan.
United travel to White Hart Lane on Sunday as the form team in England on a mission to avenge the early season lesson bestowed on them by Spurs and their pace attack.
The two teams have dropped just 9 points between them from a previous possible 48, Spurs dropping 7 of those, United just 2.
White Hart Lane has been a happy stomping ground for United down the years and Betegy give them a 35% chance of taking all three points back to Old Trafford.