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
Manchester United will be looking to bounce back from their derby day disappointment when they take on Aston Villa at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.
The champions welcome back Nemanja Vidic from suspension though fellow defenders Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans are doubtful with hamstring and calf problems respectively and Robin van Persie remains out with a knee injury.
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Manchester United will be without defensive pair Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans for this evening’s crucial Champions League last sixteen second leg against Olympiakos at Old Trafford.
Juan Mata will also be absent having already represented Chelsea in this season’s competition, while Nani remains side-lined with hamstring problem though Javier Hernandez could feature.
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 returned to winning ways in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon, beating Aston Villa 3-0 at Villa Park.
Danny Welbeck doubled his league goals tally for the season with two quick fire goals in the first half, before Tom Cleverley put the result beyond doubt seven minutes into the second half.
A brace from Wayne Rooney earned a point for Manchester United against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane yesterday afternoon.
England right-back Kyle Walker put the hosts in front on eighteen minutes before Rooney levelled terms just after the half hour mark.
Manchester United are set to welcome back Nemanja Vidic and Robin van Persie for Sunday afternoon’s clash with Tottenham Hotspur.
The pair both missed the 5-0 thrashing of Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday evening, but could both be handed starting berths at the weekend, while Ryan Giggs is set to feature – two days after his fortieth birthday.
Manchester United are set to welcome back Robin van Persie for tomorrow’s visit of Stoke City, after the striker sat out of Wednesday’s win over Real Sociedad in a bid to recover from toe and groin problems.
Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck could also return after recovering from their respective injuries.
Ryan Giggs has said that he is enjoying his new role at Manchester United, despite the clubs stuttering start to the season.
The winger, who turns 40 next month, was installed as player-coach following David Moyes appointment as manager in the summer having spent his entire career at Old Trafford.