Afternoon Report: March 22

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New Manchester United signing Wilfried Zaha gave a showcase of what Old Trafford fans can expect to see next season.

The Crystal Palace winger was man-of-the-match as England Under-21s defeated their Romanian counterparts 3-0 on Thursday night, where Zaha opened the scoring with a stunning strike.

Brazil international Hulk is ready to make the switch to Chelsea after growing tired of life with Zenit St Petersburg.

According to reports, Chelsea tried to sign the powerful striker twice before he moved to Russia and he is now keen on making the switch to Stamford Bridge.

Thomas Vermaelen says he is not worried about his Arsenal future after being dropped to the bench for the last two matches.

The Gunners skipper also admitted his form in recent months had been poor but would not comment on reports claiming he is a summer target for Barcelona.

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has been given a vote of confidence by the Citizens chief executive in response to rumours his position was in danger.

Ferran Soriano insisted Mancini was “a champion” and dismissed suggestions he would be leaving the Etihad Stadium at the end of the season.

Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale is a fitness doubt for Wales in their World Cup qualifying clash with Scotland on Friday.

According to his international captain, Swansea City’s Ashley Williams, the White Hart Lane star has been unable to train all week due to illness.

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique believes Pep Guardiola would have stayed on as manager at Camp Nou had they beaten Chelsea in the Champions League last season.

The Catalan club were knocked out at the semi-final stage and Pique revealed the players thought they could persuade the new Bayern Munich boss to stay another year had they got to the final and won.

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