Pepe wanted by Manchester United in surprise raid

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Manchester United fans expecting Louis van Gaal to sign an established centre-back in the January transfer window are sure to be excited with the transfer rumours coming out of Spain this morning, as well known paper Marca appear to have confirmed his interest in signing Pepe.

United interest in Pepe

According to the pro-Madrid publication the Portuguese defender is wanted by both United and their rivals City, though his current club want him to sign a new deal.

The front page of Marca details how Pepe is facing an uncertain future, and you can expect more to be heard on the situation soon. Though many fans will harbour concerns over his temperament given the reputation he's garnered over the years, he is as experienced as they come, and would certainly be better suited than the candidates Van Gaal currently has at his disposal when it comes to being part of a side challenging for the league.

Fitness woes

Meanwhile Van Gaal has been left to sweat over the fitness of Ashley Young after the wide man picked up an injury during the 1-1 draw with Stoke City on New Year’s Day.

The 29-year-old has looked resurgent this season, but if rumours that he faces weeks on the sidelines are true Van Gaal will be forced to reshuffle his squad once more. The Dutchman has been repeatedly tasked with selecting teams amidst a setting of innumerable injuries, and though results have taken a turn for the positive he will be understandably frustrated that yet another player has picked up a knock.

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- The race for highly-rated starlet Martin Odegaard looks like it's drawing to a close and United fans have cause for optimism. Reports claim the Norway international trained at Carrington last Thursday as Van Gaal attempts to convince him to opt for the Red Devils ahead of the likes of Real Madrid.

- It's claimed United will wait until at least April to make a decision on the future of Radamel Falcao. The Colombia international has struggled to make a lasting impression at Old Trafford since his loan switch from AS Monaco, and Van Gaal now needs to affirm whether or not he'll splash money on making the deal a permanent one.

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