Manchester United are braced to receive a £22million bid for David De Gea in the summer from Spanish giants Real Madrid.
Iker Casillas was dropped in Real’s game against Malaga, and it seems Jose Mourinho is on the hunt for a long-term replacement for the Spain captain.
The two are known to have a stormy relationship at the club, and although 31-year-old Casillas has previously said he’d like to finish his career at Real, recent comments have indicated that he might be open to a move.
After the crazy topsy-turvy match on Boxing Day, United resorted to a more calm and controlled match that we’ve seen in previous years instead of the adrenaline-pumping and edge-of-the-seat action that we’ve seen throughout this season. With notable absentees Rafael and Rooney still missing through injury, Robin van Persie and boxing day hero – Javier Hernandez rested, United welcome back Shinji Kagawa – after a long lay-off from a knee injury, Danny Welbeck, Ashley Young, and skipper Nemanja Vidic back into the starting line-up.
Manchester United waved goodbye to 2012 in style, with a hard-fought 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion, to finish the calendar year at the top of the Premier League.
It’s safe to assume that 2012, or at least its first five months, will not be fondly remembered by anybody associated with the club for they brought humiliation in the Europa League and, much more importantly as far as United are concerned, a traumatic end to the last Premier League campaign.
West Bromwich Albion will attempt to become the next team to highlight United’s central midfield deficiencies as they travel to Old Trafford for the third of four festive fixtures today.
Both teams enjoyed Boxing Day victories versus Newcastle and QPR respectively in games where both sides scored. So far this season the two teams have mustered just 8 cleansheets between them in 38 games. The Albion have conceded 5 goals fewer than the Reds at this point but scored a whopping 20 fewer!
All recent form points squarely to a high scoring match, add to that the poor condition of the Old Trafford pitch and the sometimes shambolic United defending, Betegy prediction of 2-1 looks a far likelier outcome than a stalemate.
United have a terrific record against West Brom and are 1.3 shots with bet365 and Betfred to beat them at Old Trafford and maintain their lead at the top of the table.
The Red Devils have won 10 and lost none of their 12 Premier League games against the Baggies, and the visitors have won none and lost 10 of their last 13 trips to Manchester.
Sir Alex Ferguson has hit back at the media frenzy that followed his rant at Mike Dean on Boxing Day, calling Newcastle a “wee club”.
Fergie was involved in a heated debate with Dean and one of the linesmen shortly before the second half, as he stormed onto the pitch to reiterate his opinion regarding Newcastle’s second goal.
With Christmas done and dusted, the January transfer window is less than a week away, meaning that tabloids across the country are starting to flex their muscles in a bid to produce a different rumour every day.
Manchester United scored twice in the last 20 minutes do beat Newcastle 4-3 in a controversial Boxing Day thriller at Old Trafford, to move seven points clear at the top of the table after Manchester City suffered a 1-0 defeat at Sunderland. Continue reading