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 United goalkeeper David De Gea has admitted that his side must ‘attack from the first minute’ as they try to salvage something from a disappointing campaign against Olympiakos in the second leg of their Champions League last sixteen tie, according to the Mirror.
The reigning Premier League champions fell to a ninth league defeat of the season in humiliating fashion at the weekend, losing 3-0 to fierce rivals Liverpool in a result which all but ended their slim hopes of finishing in the top four.
Manchester United moved to within nine points of the top-four after comfortably beating West Bromwich Albion 3-0 at the Hawthorns on Saturday afternoon.
Phil Jones gave the champions the lead on thirty-four minutes with a powerful header, before Wayne Rooney doubled the visitors’ advantage twenty minutes into the second half with his fourteenth goal of the season.
Manchester United will be looking to avenge the 2-1 defeat the suffered to West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford back in September when they travel to the Hawthorns on Saturday afternoon.
Javier Hernandez, Nani and Phil Jones will all miss the game through injury, though Rafael and Jonny Evans are in line to feature after recovering from concussion and a calf problem respectively.
Manchester United will be without defensive duo Phil Jones and Jonny Evans for this evening’s Champions League last sixteen first leg match against Olympiakos.
Nani will also miss the game through injury, while Juan Mata is cup tied having already played in the competition for Chelsea though Rafael and Danny Welbeck are both available.
Manchester United’s top four challenge restarts after a break of ten days with a trip to Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon.
The Premier League champions, who have won just one of their last five games in all competitions, may welcome back Phil Jones after the defender recovered from the concussion that has kept him out of the last two weeks, though Nani and Jonny Evans are doubtful with hamstring and calf injuries respectively.
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.
Phil Jones believes that the arrival of Juan Mata has raised spirits at Manchester United, according to the Daily Star.
The Spain international completed his club record switch from Chelsea at the weekend, and made his debut in the 2-0 win over Cardiff City on Tuesday evening.
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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Manchester United will look to end a run of three straight defeats as they host Swansea City in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.
One of those losses of course came against Swansea, when the pair met at Old Trafford in the third round of the FA Cup last Sunday.
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