Hold onto your hats, Manchester United fans, because this morning our roundup contains some very interesting rumours.
With the quest to secure Champions League football looking as promising as it did when the Fellowship of the Ring was formed to help Frodo Baggins on his way to Mordor, most Red Devils supporters would be forgiven for thinking that they’re now above catastrophic departures and internal combustions. Wrong.
In today’s collection of United-related speculation we detail more than one point that might be alarming for United fans, though we’ve tried to save some face by being positive as well. Don’t ever say we don’t spoil you.
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Di Maria fall-out
First and foremost we turn our attentions back to the clash at Anfield - we know, it’s been done to death - as it’s being reported that Angel Di Maria and Louis van Gaal clashed post-match, as the latter wasn’t happy with his player’s performance.
Though Di Maria assisted Juan Mata’s sensational winner and provided the pass that led to United getting a penalty late on, the Manchester Evening News are stating that Van Gaal was left feeling short-changed.
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It’s said he gave Di Maria a dressing down in the err…dressing room, that coming as the latest blow to the Argentina international since suffering a strange dip in form in 2015.
Having hit the ground running initially Di Maria looked all settled in at the Theatre of Dreams, but it’s being more frequently suggested that his maiden campaign in the Premier League might be his only one. Make of that what you will.
Arsenal's shock raid
Moving on there’s more bad news if you’re the type of fan who likes to see things stay exactly how they are. Various sources are claiming that Arsenal are ready to make an offer of £12 million for Chris Smalling at the end of the season, with Arsene Wenger looking to find a successor for Per Mertesacker.
Though the England international isn’t an integral part of Van Gaal’s set-up by any means fans will be hoping their club doesn’t sell to an arch rival. The most alarming thing however is that this deal is actually plausible. With United said to be ready to bolster their defence in the summer Smalling’s guaranteed game-time is sure to drop, leaving him with a career decision to make.
Last but not least we’ve got a ray of sunshine for you breaking through the cloud of despair. United are one of several clubs set to offer a deal to Barcelona star Dani Alves, if you believe Spanish newspaper Sport.
It’s believed the Red Devils will offer him a bonus fee if he opts for them as a free agent come the summer, but they do face competition from the likes of Liverpool, Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain.