West Ham United are “confident” of signing Darren Fletcher in the January transfer window, with reports suggesting the Hammers could announce the deal as early as Monday.
Fletcher is out of contract at the end of the season and has found first team opportunities hard to come by this season, despite having been named vice-captain by Louis Van Gaal. The 30-year-old has started just four games this season and has attracted interest from West Bromwich Albion and Valencia, among the others.
Radamel Falcao’s agent has claimed that his client would have been better off playing under Sir Alex Ferguson than other Louis Van Gaal, adding that the former United manager would have been able to get the most out of him.
Having criticised Van Gaal for omitting Falcao from the squad for the game against Southampton, Jorge Mendes has now gone a step further by insinuating that the former Atletico Madrid striker would have had a much bigger impact had he joined United when Ferguson was still in charge.
Nani has claimed Manchester United are keen for him to return to Old Trafford on a permanent basis once his loan to Sporting Lisbon expires.
The 28-year-old was allowed to join his former club on loan in August, as Louis Van Gaal deemed him surplus to requirements, but the Portuguese insists he’s still wanted by United and that he’s been ensured he has a long-term future at Old Trafford.
On a weekend when the “magic of the FA Cup” was alive and well, Manchester United did their best to ensure the underdogs had their 90 minutes of fame as they stumbled to a rather embarrassing 0-0 draw at Cambridge. United have, of course, suffered cup humiliations against lower sides before, but the abject performance on Friday night was a new low in a season that continues to deliver much less than what it had promised.
Here’s five things we’ve learnt from Friday night.
Denis Irwin has said he believes Louis Van Gaal could steer United to Wembley this season and end an 11-year drought in the FA Cup, but added United won’t hit top gear until next season.
United have not won English football’s oldest trophy since defeating Millwall 3-0 in Cardiff in 2004, before tasting defeat 12 months later against Arsenal and in 2007 against Chelsea, but Irwin insisted the current squad has all the required credentials to go all the way in the competition.
Daley Blind has urged United fans to keep the fans with Louis Van Gaal, insisting the Dutchman will get things right at the club and ensure United will challenge for trophies again.
The former Ajax man drew comparison with Holland’s performance at the World Cup, where Van Gaal steered a largely unfancied team to the semifinal and, ultimately, to third place after defeating Brazil in the third spot playoff.
Wilfried Zaha has admitted he remains unsure about his future, claiming that he’d be open to a permanent return to Crystal Palace as doubts remain over his chances of making the cut at United.
Signed by Sir Alex Ferguson in January 2013 after impressing with Palace, Zaha was left on loan with the South London outfit for the remainder of the season, helping them to promotion before arriving at Old Trafford at the beginning of last season.
Manchester United have denied making a bid for Valencia defender Nicolas Otamendi, despite rumours suggesting the Argentinian had been identified as the man to bolster United’s defence this season.
On Monday, Valencia claimed they had received a £27m offer for the defender but refused to specify which club was behind the bid, sparking speculations it was United, as Louis Van Gaal looks to bolster his defensive options.