Manchester United are willing to part ways with Ander Herrera to Barcelona, should they receive Jordi Alba in a straight exchange deal.
The 27-year-old had a top season with the Red Devils last term as they celebrated an EFL Cup and Europa League double under Jose Mourinho. As a result, the Spaniard was named the club’s Player of the Season as he put in a real shift in central midfield alongside veteran Michael Carrick.
Spanish outlet Don Balon claims that the Mancunian giants could end their association with Herrera with the midfielder yet to extend his contract beyond next season. New Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde worked alongside Herrera for a single campaign(Athletic Bilbao) between 2013 and 2014 before the midfielder left for United, and the manager is now eager on a reunion at Camp Nou.
There have been talks over a four-year contract on the table for the former Basque player, but this has not diminished speculation about his future with Barcelona an admirable option for any top player in professional football. Herrera struggled to make the starting lineup on a regular basis under former boss Louis van Gaal, but the arrival of Mourinho has done wonders to his careers after he settled to a deeper holding midfield role.
Carrick has duly delivered in a similar position for the Red Devils, but Herrera appears to have made the spot his own with Mourinho looking to slowly drift the former from first-team duties. Carrick, 35, inked a one-year extension at United recently, but he may not expect as much playing time as he earned during the course of the previous campaign. Herrera bagged exactly 50 appearances for Manchester United, who will back in the Champions League next term.
Manchester City is keen to reinforce their team, especially with their disappointing season. One area that will want to strengthen will be their defense where the new players that they signed last season failing to deliver the goods.
One player that is constantly being linked with Manchester City is the German defender Matts Hummels. Various media reports are linking the Borussia Dortmund with Manchester City.
Pep Guardiola, who is supposed to take control of the Manchester City team next season, will be interested in strengthening a sector that has been conceding goals quite often this term. Indeed, only Vincent Kompany can be considered as a world class player, and Guardiola will be desperate to add more talented players to his squad.
However if City wants to land the Dortmund defender, they will need to move quickly since Liverpool as well as Chelsea seems to be interested in the player. With Jurgen Klopp, the former Borussia Dortmund manager now at Liverpool, there is still chances that Hummels might prefer Liverpool over Manchester City. Only time will tell which club will be able to land the talented Manchester City defender.
Another player that has been linked with Manchester City is the young Jetro Willems. Aged 21, Willems currently plays as left-back for PSV Eindhoven and is considered as a talent prospect in his home country. Indeed, he has made more than 100 appearances for his club and would improve a City team that is desperate for new players. Continue reading
Rio Ferdinand is very unhappy having seen his former club Manchester United play the way they have of late and he believes it’s the manager, Louis Van Gaal, who is to be blamed for that.
In the words of Ferdinand, ‘I would not blame the players because they have no option. The manager wants them to play in that fashion. If they try to be a little chancy and expressive on the pitch and it does not come off well, they might have to bear the consequences and they know that. So, they are taking the safe route, but, it’s taking the team in the backward direction.’
Manchester United will be hoping to continue their winning momentum when they take on neighbours Manchester City at Old Trafford this evening.
The Premier League champions can move to within two points of fifth place Tottenham Hotspur with victory over their fierce rivals, and close the gap on City to nine points.
Manchester United manager David Moyes is facing the prospect of having a depleted squad for their preseason tour of America, according to the Mail Online.
Rio Ferdinand looks set to follow fellow centre-back Nemanja Vidic and midfielder Anderson out of the club at the end of the season, while there is uncertainty over the future of a number of other players in the Scots’ squad.
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Juan Mata is confident that Manchester United can still finish in the top four of the Premier League this season, according to Sky Sports.
The reigning champions, who have just returned from a warm-weather training trip to Dubai, are eleven points behind Liverpool – the current occupiers of fourth place.
Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic will end his time with the club at the end of the season, Sky Sports understands.
The centre-back has been with United for the past eight years having signed from Spatak Moscow for around £7m, and has enjoyed great success during his time at Old Trafford.
Manchester United suffered an eighth league defeat of the season, losing 2-1 at Stoke City on Saturday afternoon.
Goals either side of Robin van Persie’s 47th minute strike from Scotland international Charlie Adam secured a victory for Mark Hughes’ men, leaving United seven points off the top four, and fifteen behind league leaders Arsenal.
Wayne Rooney is set to return to the Manchester United starting line-up for tomorrow afternoon’s trip to Stoke City.
The England international came on for the final half an hour of the Premier League champions’ 2-0 win over Cardiff City on Tuesday evening – his first appearance for the club since New Year’s Day.
Wayne Rooney will face a late fitness test ahead of Manchester United’s clash with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
The England international has not played since the home defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on New Year’s Day, and was sent to Egypt for rehabilitation this week by manager David Moyes while Robin van Persie is also not guaranteed to feature, despite recovering from a thigh problem that has kept him out for the past month.
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