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 have been dealt a major blow in their efforts to win the Manchester Derby after it has emerged that Paul Pogba is also unavailable for the game.
The world’s most expensive player appears to have suffered a muscle injury in the 2-0 win over Burnley during the weekend. United are looking to secure a win in this Manchester derby in order to move into the fourth spot of the Premier League table. After having witnessed Liverpool suffered a 2-1 loss against Crystal Palace, it is imperative that United take advantage of the two games in hand to close the gap on the Reds.
While there are doubts about the availability of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling, United are certainly boosted by the return of Ander Herrera and Antonio Valencia. Mourinho has tried to play down the significance of the rivalry between United and City coming into the game. Continue reading
A hat-trick from Robin van Persie helped secure Manchester United’s progress into the Champions League quarter finals, as the Premier League side beat Olympiakos 3-0 at Old Trafford yesterday evening.
United, who needed to win by a three goal margin in order to remain in the competition, took the lead on twenty-five minutes when Van Persie converted a penalty he himself had won, after being barged in the back by Jose Holebas.
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.
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.
On the back of winning the 2012 Ballon d’Or, Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed that his friend and former teammate Rio Ferdinand tried to convince him to re-join Manchester United in the summer, according to the Mirror.
The Portuguese international, who beat Lionel Messi and Franck Ribery to the award at the ceremony in Zurich yesterday evening, was linked with a return to Old Trafford at the end of last season.
Manchester United face an uphill battle if they are to reach Wembley this season after losing the first leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final to Sunderland by two goals to one at the Stadium of Light.
An own goal from Ryan Giggs gave the hosts the lead on the stroke of half time, before Nemanja Vidic drew United level seven minutes after the break.
Manchester United will be without Wayne Rooney for tomorrow’s visit of Newcastle United after receiving his fifth booking of the season in Wednesday evening’s defeat to Everton.
Robin van Persie and Shinji Kagawa are both doubtful through injury and illness respectively, though Phil Jones could return after serving his ban.
Manchester United host manager David Moyes’ former club Everton to Old Trafford this evening, looking for the three points that could see them burst into the top four.
The hosts will be without Phil Jones, who serves a one match suspension after amassing five yellow cards, while a late decision will be made on Robin van Persie, who has been suffering with a combination of groin and toe problems.
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Former Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo is now the odds on favourite to win this year’s Ballon d’Or after firing Portugal to next summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil.
The 28 year old scored a stunning hat-trick to secure a 3-2 victory over Sweden in the second leg of their play-off yesterday evening, in doing so replaces Bayern Munich’s Franck Ribery at the head of the market.