Manchester United receive Kevin Strootman boost - News round-up

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January is still some way away but that hasn’t stopped a host of players being linked with Manchester United in recent weeks, chief of which has been Kevin Strootman.

Now the Dutch international is finally stet to make his long-awaited return from injury this weekend if he comes through a specially arranged fixture unscathed this week. Louis van Gaal has previously admitted he would monitor Strootman’s journey back to fitness and could now make a move in January.

Strootman was forced to miss the World Cup because of his knee injury - had he been fit, Manchester United may have made a move to sign him over the summer. As it stands however a January swoop could be on the cards according to the Telegraph, although Roma have previously been adamant that they won't sell at any price - although they did suggest that €100m may be enough.

Falcao may not join Manchester United permanently 

Reports this morning suggest that Manchester United may opt against signing Radamel Falcao at the end of the season. The Colombian has struggled with injury of late, and the Sun say that the Red Devils may now opt against activating a clause which allows them to sign the striker permanently at the end of his loan spell this season.

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That would come as a major surprise given reports that he had agreed personal terms with the Red Devils emerged last week. So for the Monaco man has found the back of the net just once, but the presence of Robin van Persie up top has limited his game time. It is unclear as things stand whether he will back in time to line up against Crystal Palace this weekend.

Milner rejects arrogant claims

James Milner has hit back at Paul Scholes after the Manchester United legend accused rivals City of being arrogant. The England midfielder denied the claim, and said he and his team-mates feel confident of winning every time they step onto the pitch.

And finally....

Louis van Gaal and a host of Manchester United starts including Angel di Maria stepped out last evening the club’s annual UNICEF Gala dinner.

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