Darren Fletcher has emerged as a surprise transfer target for West Bromwich Albion, as the Baggies’ new manager Tony Pulis looks to add experience to his squad in the January transfer window.
According to the Manchester Evening News, Pulis had already wanted to sign the midfielder when he was in charge of Crystal Palace last season, but he didn’t follow up his interest as he quit Selhurst Park shortly before the start of the current campaign.
Manchester United have confirmed they have reached an agreement with Dinamo Zagreb to sell Angelo Henriquez to the Croatian side for €1m (£780,000).
The 20-year-old joined Croatia’s biggest club on loan last summer and Dinamo’s manager Zoran Mamic told Chilean website Prensa Futbol that the striker will make his move permanent at the end of the season.
Adnan Januzaj is set to be loaned out in the January transfer window as the Belgium international clearly does not feature in Louis Van Gaal’s plans.
One, if not the only, positive of David Moyes’ tenure at Manchester United, Januzaj has struggled for opportunities under Van Gaal, starting only two Premier League games and playing a meagre 27 minutes from the first week of November, despite the catalogue of injuries that affected United.
Jorge Mendes, Radamel Falcao’s agent, has admitted he doesn’t know where his client will play next season but claimed the Colombian will almost certainly leave United if he’s not guaranteed a spot in the starting XI.
Having struggled with fitness issues since joining United on loan from Monaco last summer, the Colombian returned in the squad making four consecutive starts and scoring twice in the process, with his goals against Aston Villa and Stoke earning United two points. United’s number nine, however, was left out of the squad for Sunday’s defeat against Southampton for “tactical reasons” and his future at the club remains in doubt.
Lou Macari and Ron Atkinson have criticised Manchester United’s performance against Southampton on Sunday, claiming that Louis Van Gaal must ensure his philosophy translates to results on the pitch.
Despite having an almost fully-fit squad for the first time in months, United conjured to deliver arguably their worst performance of the season, failing to register a single shot on goal as Southampton ran out deserved winner, after Dusan Tadic made the most of some typically catastrophic defending.
Michael Carrick has revealed the disappointment inside the dressing room after United saw their 10-match unbeaten run come to an end against Southampton on Sunday.
United delivered an utterly abysmal display, struggling to unlock Southamtpon’s brilliantly organised back four and failing to register a single shot on target, as Ronald Koeman’s man leapfrogged on the table to go third. The result saw the media pile pressure on Louis Van Gaal, whose insistence on deploying 3-5-2 system is yet to bear fruits.
Lets be frank here. It isn’t great really.
Coming off the back of defeat at home to Southampton there seems to be a fair amount of doubt creeping into United fans. Cards on the table and purely looking at the facts the Christmas period has been unkind. Performances have been uninspiring, the attacking football often turgid or non-existent, the defending appalling and a place in the top four slipping.
United’s 10-match unbeaten run in the Premier League came to an end against Southampton, as the Reds were totally outplayed by Ronald Koeman’s men, who deservedly clinched a 1-0 win.
United looked bereft of ideas, devoid of momentum and struggled to create any meaningful chances, in fact they failed to register a single shot on goal in 95 minutes and produced arguably their worst performance under Louis Van Gaal, who’s likely to come under intense scrutiny after this result.
Here’s five things we’ve learnt from Sunday.