Manchester United fans, good morning.
Christmas fast approaches and beyond that the January transfer window. It’s safe to say we’ve got no shortage of breaking news and rumours.
With that in mind, prepare to enjoy the very best the mainstream media have produced today. We’ve done our best to keep it credible. Read on for more.
Alcantara: De Gea tried to convince me
Without a doubt, one of David Moyes’ most unfortunate failures at Manchester United was being unable to capture Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara.
The Bayern Munich man has now confirmed - as relayed by the Daily Mail - that Moyes wasn’t the only United man trying to tempt him to leave Barcelona for English shores, though, with David de Gea having had a crack himself.
Alcantara said De Gea had written on a match-ball after the European Championship U21 final, with a message that read ‘see you in Manchester’.
"There was never any firm proposal," Thiago said.
"David de Gea wanted me to join. He wrote a message on my match ball after we'd beaten Italy in the [European Championship under-21] final.
He did also confirm that there was never any firm proposal and that his decision was always going to be Bayern.
"But I'd have done the same with him. He is one of the greatest goalkeepers in the world. You always want to play with the best. But it was always going to be Munich."
Hernandez opens up on Van Gaal chat
Elsewhere, Bayer Leverkusen star Javier Hernandez has confirmed he left United because Van Gaal had told him he had a 1% chance of getting back in the team.
The Mexican revealed that he’s now confident because he can start every game - he certainly wasn’t getting that at Old Trafford.
Think Van Gaal was wrong to sell him? Let us know in the comments box.
Kagawa talks Sir Alex Ferguson
And to finish, former Red Devils star Shinji Kagawa has opened up on the managerial capabilities of Sir Alex Ferguson, stating that he could silence a dressing room with his infamous hairdryer treatment.
The Japan international told how Fergie would often leave training to the coaching staff, and talked up his presence when angry. Apparently, the likes of Ryan Giggs, Rio Ferdinand and Paul Scholes weren’t even spared the rod.
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