Manchester United are reportedly favourites to sign Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha in a planned £12 million deal. However, United seem reluctant to agree any deal in January after Sir Alex Ferguson ruled out any transfers during the winter transfer window.
This means fellow suitors Arsenal, could hijack the deal for the 20-year-old and force through an agreement before the end of the season, although whether Arsenal are an attractive option remains to be seen with the club not certain of Champions League qualification this season, let alone a sustained title challenge.
United look cracking value at 1.91 with bet365 and Betfred to beat arch rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday.
In the wake of Danny Welbeck’s on-off loan move to Premier League strugglers Reading, @willowsj takes a look at Welbeck’s form since the start of season 2010.
The latest Man Utd transfer news suggests that the deal to take Welbeck to Reading for the remainder of the season has been dismissed by manager Brian McDermott who believes Sir Alex won’t sent him out on loan to any club.
I’ll never forget the start of Manchester United’s home campaign last season, a 3-0 victory over Tottenham. Putting the fact that it was a fantastic result aside, United looked youthful and rejuvenated. A side which included Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Tom Cleverley. However, one man stood out more than the rest. Danny Welbeck.
When a diminutive Frenchman was hauled off after 45 minutes of his first Manchester derby, not many amongst the United fans in the crowd would have imagined that the same player would go on to become captain – albeit in absence of Nemanja Vidic – and develop a cult following at the club.
Seven years ago today, Patrice Evra put pen to paper on a deal worth £5.5m that sealed his arrival to Manchester United from Ligue 1 side Monaco, the same outfit with which he had finished second best in the 2004 Champions League final. The last stage of Europe’s elite club competition is probably likely to remain a wonderful exception in Monaco’s history but, since his arrival at United, Evra went on to play on club’s football most important stage another three times – winning against Chelsea in Moscow, before surrendering to Barcelona in 2009 and 2011.
Forget about away days to lower league sides or glamorous ties against the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool or City. Should United beat West Ham in the replay next week, they’ll be playing at home against Fulham or Blackpool in the fourth round of the FA Cup.
The Tangerines and the Cottagers face a replay of their own after a 1-1 draw in London yesterday, but Sir Alex Ferguson will fancy his side to reach the fifth round of the competition for the first time since 2011.
The last time United played a cup game under the floodlights at Upton Park, both the performance and the cold were so disheartening that very few of the thousands that had traveled to London would have cherished memories of that day.
Despite more accomodating weather conditions and a much improved performance, today’s game wasn’t going to be remembered either by the traveling fans, as United were three minutes away from suffering defeat and the ignominy of a third round elimination for the first time since Jermaine Beckford netted the winner at Old Trafford three seasons ago.
United are a top priced 1.75 with bet365 to beat West Ham in their FA Cup clash at Upton Park and rate a solid bet to do just that.
It will be the eighth time they have met in the competition and the Hammers lead the head-to-head 4-3.
However the last time they met in 2003, saw the Red Devils romp to 6-0 victory at at Old Trafford and Sir Alex Ferguson’s side have won four of their last six matches in the FA Cup when away to fellow Premier League teams.
Wigan Athletic have signed Manchester United’s Chilean striker Angelo Henriquez on loan until the end of the season.
The 18-year-old forward was signed by United from Universidad de Chile in the summer but has yet to make his senior debut, he did however appear for Chile for the first time last month against Serbia.