News Roundup


It has been revealed in Italian media that Manchester United are willing to do ‘crazy things’ in order to complete the signing of Brazilian left-back Alex Sandro from Juventus this summer. Juventus have put a price tag of around 60m on Sandro and meeting the asking price would make the left-back the costliest fullback in the world eclipsing the fee paid by City Benjamin Mendy last summer. United have looked at other options including Tierney, Ghoulam and are keeping their channels open should negotiations go awry.


The Mirror are reporting that Manchester United are looking at bringing back former defender Jonny Evans to United from West Bromwich Albion to increase defensive cover. Evans was sold by van Gaal after his arrival and could be available for a cut-price fee of 3m. Evans is set to go down fighting with West Brom but has been looked at by clubs like Manchester City and Arsenal as a backup option. Whether the player is looking forward to a return to the club where he began his football career is unknown. Mourinho has previously gone on record and said that he would never have sold Evans if it was up to him.


United are reportedly looking at bringing in Southampton’s Cedric Soares as the heir to Antonio Valencia at Old Trafford. Soares, another player who faces relegation at the end of the season, has been one of the better players at Southampton for most of the season. Soares could be available on the cheap with Southampton looking for just 20m for a player with Premier League experience and a European Championship winners’ medal. Mourinho won’t directly replace Valencia but will ease Soares into life at Old Trafford should the rumoured transfer go through.


Scott McTominay has revealed the role Mourinho has played this campaign for him as he made the step up from the reserves to the first team. Having been selected to on the pre-season Tour prior to the start of this season, the Scottish International got the opportunity to ease his integration into the first team picture. One of the pieces of advice Mourinho gave the 21-year-old is to be a likeable person in the new dressing room and why it is important to have the trust and respect of your teammates even as a fresh face in the changing rooms. This advice has not fallen on deaf ears as McTominay was spotted offering to help Valencia with his cramp after United’s win over Tottenham. This is a small thing for some but it goes a long way in determining the character and attitude of the player. It will help McTominay have a special career at Old Trafford.