Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has admitted his frustration at the form of both Liverpool and Manchester City this season, according to the Metro.
The Premier League champions are eleven points behind Brendan Rodgers’ side ahead of their clash on Sunday afternoon, whilst City are nine points ahead of their neighbours with two games in hand and Rooney has said that is it ‘difficult’ to see the two sides doing well at a time when United have stuttered.
Borussia Dortmund are set to offer Ilkay Gundogan a new contract in a bid to stave off interest from Manchester United, according to the Mirror.
The Germany midfielder is set to be out of contract at the end of the season, and manager Jurgen Klopp is keen to not lose another of his prize assets after Robert Lewandowski agreed his summer move to Bayern Munich this week.
Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio has refused to rule out a move to Manchester United amid reports linking him to the Premier League champions, the Metro understands.
The Italy international has been earmarked by David Moyes as an alternative option to first-choice transfer target Cesc Fabregas, should a move for the former Arsenal captain fail to materialise.
The 27 year old has three years remaining on his contract with the Serie A champions, and has stated that he is happy with life in Turin, though the pull of Manchester United may prove too strong.
Meanwhile, United’s hopes of signing Luka Modric have been dealt a blow after Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti confirmed that the midfielder will be remaining at the Bernabeu.
The 27 year old, who only moved to Spain last summer, made thirty-three appearances in La Liga last season, and scored an incredible equaliser for Real in the Champions League last sixteen second leg victory at Old Trafford.
Arsenal had reportedly entered the race to sign the Croatia international, with his former club Tottenham Hotspur were reportedly interested in involving him in a swap deal that would see Gareth Bale move in the opposite direction, though his new manager has reiterated his importance to the Spanish club.
Manchester United are thought to be on the verge of completing the £17million signing of Spanish sensation Thiago Alcantara from Barcelona.
The Daily Mail understands that the Premier League champions have agreed a £5m-a-year deal with the 22 year old, to beat the likes of rivals Manchester City and Chelsea to his signature.
Sir Alex Ferguson capped of a victorious final season in charge of Manchester United by picking up the LMA Manager of the Year of the year award for a record fourth time.
Ferguson was also named Premier League Manager of the Year at the ceremony in London yesterday evening.
Manchester United will compete with neighbours Manchester City for the signature of Borussia Dortmund centre-back Mats Hummels, according to the Express.
Sir Alex Ferguson has long been an admirer of the 24 year old, who has won back to back Bundesliga titles with Dortmund, and scored one goal in 24 appearances for Germany.