Manchester United remained top of their Champions League group despite being held to a goalless draw by Real Sociedad yesterday evening.
Substitute Robin van Persie missed a penalty after Ashley Young went down in the area, though the England international has once again faced criticism for allegedly diving while Marouane Fellaini was dismissed a minute from time after picking up a second yellow card.
Manchester United will complete the signing of Thiago Alcantara from Barcelona this week, the Daily Star understands.
The Spanish under 21 captain has agreed a five year deal with the Premier League champions, and will cost an initial £17; a figure which could rise to £20m with additional payments.
David Moyes has confirmed the arrival of three trusted members of his backroom staff after officially beginning his reign as Manchester United manager.
Steve Round has, as expected, been named as assistant manager having spent five years as Moyes’ number two at Everton, while Chris Woods and Jimmy Lumsden have also been appointed as goalkeeping coach and first team coach respectively.
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Barcelona are set to hold last-minute talks with Thiago Alcantara, in an attempt to persuade the midfielder to turn down a move to Manchester United, according to the Mail Online.
The Premier League champions have reportedly agreed personal terms with the 22 year old, who recently captained Spain to victory in the European under 21 Championships in Israel.
Borussia Dortmund have told Manchester United that they will not be able to sign Robert Lewandowski this summer, according to The Independent.
The Bundesliga runners-up had already insisted that the Poland international would not be sold to rivals Bayern Munich, leaving the door open for a potential move from one of the players Premier League suitors.
Manchester United are close to agreeing a deal for Benifca defender Ezequiel Garay, according to the Mirror.
The 26 year old is set to be in Argentina’s starting line-up against Colombia this Friday, though his representatives will be deep in negotiations with United, with David Moyes hoping to wrap up a deal before pre-season begins.
Sir Bobby Charlton has told ESPN that the Manchester United board of directors have not discussed the possibility of re-signing Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid.
The Portuguese forward, who scored the winner in last week’s Champions League last sixteen second leg at Old Trafford has been linked with a return to Manchester, but United legend Charlton has rebuffed the claims, whilst declaring that the 28 year old “did go beyond just a great player for us”.