Believe it or not there is news doing the rounds regarding Manchester United that isn’t focused on their supposed deployment of long-ball tactics against West Ham.
With the fixture against Burnley tonight at Old Trafford looming large it’s understandable that a large bulk of the information open to fans is centered around how they will cope with the pressure drawn from their drab display at the Boleyn Ground.
However, as is always the case mid-season, there’s far more exciting gossip to indulge in, and we believe it’s only fair supporters get their daily dose of club-related news… however far-fetched it may seem. Below we’ve compiled a list of the most interesting issues from today. Enjoy.
Marquinhos agent quotes
The agent of Louis van Gaal target Marquinhos has admitted that there is strong interest coming from United, and did little to dampen the rumours suggesting the Brazilian was being primed for a move away.
The young defender has struggled behind David Luiz and Thiago Silva in the pecking order at Paris Saint-Germain, and with United hot on his heels his agent’s most recent quotes make for pleasant reading.
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“So many [clubs] want him, including Manchester United. What is certain is that Marquinhos wants to become the best defender in the world.
"So many [clubs] want him, including Manchester United. What is certain is that Marquinhos wants to become the best defender in the world"
“But he doesn’t want to spend much more time on the bench. If necessary, he can play also as a full-back or a wide midfielder.”
With Marquinhos having proved himself capable of playing at the highest level during his time at AS Roma, it’s clear that his role as backup at the Parc des Princes isn’t a reflection on his ability, and he would certainly solidify a shaky back-line that includes Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans.
Shock Di Maria sale?
Meanwhile sensational reports from Spain this morning are claiming that Van Gaal could be prepared to offload none other than Angel Di Maria in order to launch a financially-backed raid for both Mats Hummels and Diego Godin.
With the Argentine worth around £60 million his sale would significantly bolster the Old Trafford coffers, and Hummels and Godin are two of the most reputable centre-backs in world football.
Of course serious doubts hover over the validity of that rumour, with Di Maria having only arrived last summer and Adidas’ new sponsorship deal to give the club close to £750 million at the end of the season anyway. Don’t get it? No, neither do we.
Stepping away from the transfer market Paul Scholes has caused a stir this morning, having labelled Van Gaal’s decision to produce a dossier of evidence to combat the long-ball argument put forward by Sam Allardyce ‘bizarre’. Scholes questioned why the United boss had risen to the bait laid by his West Ham counterpart, suggesting it was the wrong thing to do.