Good morning, Manchester United fans, and welcome to today’s GiveMeSport Old Trafford-related roundup.
From blockbuster transfer rumours to the latest team news and everything that blurs the lines, our crack team of house-elves were up at the break of dawn scouring the world wide web for all the latest information connected with United.
You’re in luck it would seem, as today’s columns and salacious stories have thrown up a number of interesting points to be detailed and discussed. Don’t worry, no house-elves were harmed during the process, although they will be asking for a pay-rise soon.
If you hadn’t guessed already ‘the house-elves’ is me, Michael Panter. That’s right, just one man. You are a lucky lot.
Moving on swiftly we get to the meat of the roundup, which starts with the news that United have been flatly refused after making an enquiry for Liverpool star Raheem Sterling.
The latest reports suggested that Louis van Gaal and the powers that be in the red half of Manchester had sent representatives to sound out their Merseyside counterparts over their interest in striking a deal for Sterling’s sale, but it’s quickly been ground to ash.
With somewhat alarming pace Liverpool have apparently dismissed the enquiry offhand, with Anfield chiefs still believing that they can keep their prized winger past the summer. Since Sterling’s contract isn’t up next year they’re under no immediate duress to sell and United might want to think again before they return with another proposal, unless they’re suckers for rejection.
In other transfer news it’s been made apparent by none other than Harry Kane himself that he won’t be leaving White Hart Lane this summer. His statement follows speculation that United were ready to pay £45m for his signature, with Van Gaal set to break the bank in order to strengthen his front-line.
Alas though Kane doesn’t see his immediate future at Old Trafford and wants to continue in north London with the overall aim to bring silverware to Spurs. Good luck with that one, Harry.
Last but not least those Van Gaal-haters amongst you will take pleasure from the gossip inferring that Pep Guardiola could well consider taking over at United next season. The Spanish boss has long been linked with a move to England and recently he’s found himself named in connection with the Manchester City hot-seat.
However it’s now said that the ex-Barcelona boss will wait to hear from United before deciding whether or not to embark on an Etihad Stadium adventure in 2016, coincidentally when Van Gaal will be entering the final year of his deal.
United fans, what do you think to today’s rumours? Do any of them carry any weight? Let us know in the comments box below.