Despite a slow start to the season under Louis van Gaal, Manchester United appear to have turned the corner under their Dutch manager.
United went into the international break in the fourth and final UEFA Champions League place following successive victories for the first time this season.
Van Gaal will be keen to get three points in their next fixture, on Monday night at West Bromwich Albion, as only three points separate them and the team down in 16th position, Stoke City.
Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal are all amongst the opponents Manchester United will face over their next five Premier League fixtures. This will help give us some indication where the Red Devils are right now.
Manchester United have again been linked with a move for Arturo Vidal, with Juan Mata considered to be the man holding the key to a possible deal for the Chilean midfielder.
According to Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport, Juventus will allow the 27-year-old in January and United look to be in pole position to land the Chilean as they could offer Mata to the Serie A champions. With the arrival of Radamel Falcao and Angel Di Maria, Mata’s opportunities have been limited this season, even though the Spaniard has netted twice this season and will start games against West Brom and Chelsea given Wayne Rooney’s suspension.
Roy Keane has admitted he might never forgive Sir Alex Ferguson for the way he was forced to depart Manchester United, in the wake of an interview the Irishman gave to MUTV.
Speaking at the launch of his new book The Second Half at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Keane said he doubted his relationship with Fergie could ever recover, as neither of them looks willing to take a step back and bury the hatchet once and for all.
Sir Alex Ferguson has said that Louis Van Gaal was right to “clear the decks” in the summer, as the Dutchman embarked on a much-needed revolution that saw the squad left behind by Fergie being almost completely overhauled.
Fergie had not spoken publicly about Van Gaal until now but speaking to MUTV in a programme entitled Sir Alex: Life After Management which is due to air on Monday, he revealed that he’s been favourably impressed by Van Gaal’s determination to reshape the squad according to his vision.
Cristiano Ronaldo will not return to Manchester United, according to his agent. Jorge Mendes, the same agent who looks after the interest of Radamel Falcao and Angel Di Maria, has insisted that there’s absolutely no chance of the Portuguese returning to United and that Ronaldo will finish his career with Real Madrid.
Mendes admitted that United hold a special place in Ronaldo’s heart but said it was “impossible” for him to return to Old Trafford.
Roma owner James Pallotta has told Manchester United that Kevin Strootman is not for sale at any price and that Louis Van Gaal will have to look elsewhere to strengthen his midfield options in January.
United have been linked with a move for the Dutchman in the winter transfer window, with many suggesting that Van Gaal sees Strootman as the missing piece of his midfield jigsaw, but Pallotta said that once Strootman returns to full fitness following his cruciate ligament injury, he will do so in the Eternal City.
Wayne Rooney is a target for Monaco, according to Vadim Vasilyev, the club’s vice-president and the closest adviser to the Russian billionaire owner Dmitry Rybolovlev.
Monaco have monitored Rooney for over 18 months and, according to the Daily Telegraph, they were close to sign the United captain in the 2013 summer’s transfer window, with the prospect of offering him a tax-free deal, before Rooney eventually decided to commit his future to United by signing a new five-year deal worth £300,000-a-week in February.
Roy Keane has reopened his war of words with Sir Alex Ferguson by giving a typically forthright version of the events that led to the Irishman leaving the club in 2005.
In his new biography, The Second Half, Keane claims that he felt stitched up by Fergie and Gill, who simply wanted to force him out of the club in the wake of an interviewed he had given to MUTV, in which he had criticised some younger players. Keane insists that Ferguson and Queiroz simply needed an excuse to get rid of him and the decision had been made before he showed up for a meeting with the former United manager and Gill.