Hard luck Manchester United fans. Your side became the latest club to in theory do enough to beat Chelsea, without actually scoring the goals to do it.
If nothing else Jose Mourinho’s men have become brutally efficient, as evidenced by the three points they claimed against United despite being largely second-best in the statistics race. Yet it’s far from woe and despair for the Red Devils, who are still well on course to secure Champions League qualification virtue of a top four finish.
With that in mind this morning’s news can be digested with optimism by United supporters. It’s always better to sift through gossip when the going's good.
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First and foremost The Sun have dropped what can only be described as an astounding revelation today, with columnist Antony Kastranakis claiming to have been told by Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp off-record that he sees the Old Trafford hot-seat as a dream job.
Rumours were always a certainty to be plentiful in the wake of Klopp’s confirmation that this season will be his last at the Signal Iduna Park, but Kastranakis’ revelation perhaps implies that it’s Louis van Gaal’s job the German will be gunning for in the future, not Arsene Wenger’s. According to a source cited by The Sun, Arsenal ‘don’t have a chance’ in the race that will ensue for Klopp’s signature, though United and Liverpool certainly do.
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In other news it’s been made clear that United have made enquiries over a possible transfer move for Van Gaal favourite Memphis Depay this summer. The Dutch star has been on the Red Devils’ radar since Van Gaal took over last summer and now PSV technical director, Marcel Brands, has confirmed that United have been in touch.
The midfielder could well leave the Eredivisie this summer, and Van Gaal would be ready to introduce him to his United fold, although there’s still plenty of negotiating to be done before a deal is done.
Lastly Juan Mata had a message of praise for his former club Chelsea after the Blues emerged 1-0 winners at Stamford Bridge. The Spaniard congratulated his old teammates for the title they were ‘about to win’ and thanked them for their affection, respect and friendship.
This comes in spite of the fact that Mata was sold on by Mourinho in the first January transfer window since The Special One’s return to England. No bitter blood there, it would seem.
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