News Roundup


Like it has been for the past couple of week, United have a full set of outfield players to choose from ahead of Sunday’s crunch clash with Arsenal. The only player missing out is Sergio Romero who is still nursing a knee suffered on International Duty last month. Valencia seems to have recovered from what looked an injury that could have kept him out for a couple of weeks. This is a stark turnaround from last season when United had close to 10 players on the treatment table at the same time last season.


Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho did nothing to play down the possibility of his side signing a Brazilian player. But Mourinho was quick to point out that the player would in all likelihood not be Chelsea winger Willian. United have been linked with the likes of Fred and Fabinho in recent weeks and the club were ‘pushing’ to complete the transfer of the former, if the Manchester Evening News is to be believed.


As per the Express, Barcelona have so far failed to convince Samuel Umtiti to sign a new deal that would vastly increase his current 52m release clause. United are thought to be the frontrunners to get the French International on board at the end of the season. Umtiti has been one of the standout defenders in the world for the past couple of seasons and is believed to be open to the idea of joining ranks with United and Mourinho in the Premier League. United are believed to be in the market for a centre-back.


While it has been a stop-start campaign for Eric Bailly, he has time and time again shown that he is one of the best centre-backs in the league whenever he has stepped on to the field. Speaking to MUTV ahead of the game against Arsenal, the Ivorian underlined the importance of finishing the season strongly in second place and securing silverware in the form of the FA Cup. Bailly said: “It is a very different proposition to finishing fourth, even if both would lead is into the Champions League, because it is important to set out to achieve that goal of second place, which we have set ourselves. It shows progress.” Bailly is all set to feature against Arsenal at home tomorrow.


The two Spaniards are as close as any two players in the United squad and Herrera has once again spoken positively about his ‘amigo’. Herrera said: “Before games, I’m a bit crazy. I get tense, I shake, dance. David pats me on the back, shrugs and says,” No, Ander, stand still, don’t worry, it can’t go wrong. If they shoot, they cannot score because I’m in goal.”