Manchester United could face competition from Napoli in the race to sign Benfica defender Ezequiel Garay, after Rafael Benitez has declared his intention to embark on a spending spree in January and has made strengthening his club’s back four a priority.
United have been following Garay for almost 18 months now, with first Sir Alex Ferguson and now David Moyes having identified the Argentine defender as one of the players needed to shore up a back four in which Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand are nearing the end of their careers.
In news that will undoubtedly ruin many Reds’ day, Anderson has today quashed rumours that have linked him with a move away from Manchester United, insisting he’s happy at Old Trafford.
Over the last couple of weeks, the Brazilian has been linked with a move to Fulham – presumably as the Cottagers are determined to secure a relegation spot – while a return to former club Porto and even a move back to Brazil were touted as more or less viable options for the 25-year-old.
Wigan are looking to secure Will Keane on loan for the remainder of the year, as the England U21 international looks to build on his fitness after returning from a serious knee injury.
The 20-year-old striker has impressed since returning to action, scoring three goals in his last four appearances for club and country and is expected to be the “exciting” striker Wigan manager Owen Coyle has revealed to be on his way to the DW Stadium.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has claimed that, despite Arsenal’s impressive start to the season and Manchester City’s summer spending spree, only Chelsea can deny Manchester United a second consecutive Premier League title.
Despite United’s slow start to the season, the man whose goal sealed the 1999 Treble, now manager at Molde in the Norwegian’s first division, has been extremely impressed with United’s recent progress, which has seen David Moyes’ men pick up 13 points in their last five league games and winning the last three Premier League matches in a row.
As the international break continues to drag on and on, like a seemingly endless bus trip, there is, at last, something to be cheerful about, as United are expected to announce that Michael Carrick has signed a new contract by the end of the week.
Talks between the Geordie midfielder and the club had continued over the last couple of weeks and both parties seem to be satisfied with the terms of the new deal, which will keep Carrick at Old Trafford for another two and half seasons at least, with the option to extend the contract for a further 12 months.
Nani has spoken out in favour of David Moyes, claiming he’s received a much-needed confidence boost since the Scotsman replaced Sir Alex Ferguson in July.
Timely though the confidence boost might have been, United are still to reap the benefits, with Nani starting only five Premier League games this season and, much like fellow wingers Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young, failing to impress this season.
Manchester United are set to add the Premier League’s head of elite performance John Murtough to David Moyes’ staff at Old Trafford, with Murtough set to be reunited with the former Everton manager, under whom he worked at Goodison Park.
Murtough was in charge of the academy at Everton during David Moyes’ tenure on Merseyside, a position he held in two separate spells at Goodison Park. In his first sting at Everton, Murtough was responsible for developing the likes of Wayne Rooney, while after returning to Merseyside in 2008, he oversaw the development of Ross Barkley, Jack Rodwell and Seamus Coleman.
Manchester United are reportedly monitoring Sporting Lisbon’s winger Carlos Mane, after the 19-year-old impressed with at the Next Gen series and scored once in four games for Portugal at the U19 European Championship this summer.
United have obviously got a long history in terms of signing players from the Portuguese giants, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani both developing through the ranks of Sporting’s academy before joining United and the Mane could be the latest talented winger to emerge from the green and whites’ youth system.