Chris Smalling has made a promise to Manchester United fans, insisting that the red card he received in the recent derby defeat was a one-off - and won't happen again. (The Telegraph)
The Red Devils defender came into criticism following two stupid first-half bookings at the Etihad Stadium earlier this month, which contributed to the 1-0 loss against Manuel Pellegrini's side.
After serving his suspension against Crystal Palace prior to the international break, Smalling will be available for selection for this weekend's Premier League clash against Arsenal, and the 24-year-old insisted that history would not be repeating itself after some kind words from England manager Roy Hodgson.
"The red card was disappointing for the result, but I rarely get yellows so, hopefully, it will never happen again," he said.
"I really respect Roy. He's really easy to talk to. He didn't need to say much about the red card because it was very out of character for me and one of those where I just have to move on. There are always little things to learn."
The England international's return couldn't come at a better time for Louis van Gaal, who still has a host of first-team stars out injured ahead of Saturday's clash at the Emirates.
However, you can't help but think that Smalling's pledge to never be sent off again is a little foolish coming from a centre-back, even if he's only received four yellow cards in 64 appearances for the Red Devils.
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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has made Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels his top transfer target, with executive vice-president Ed Woodward now hopeful that the Red Devils can pull off a stunning January transfer coup. (The Guardian)
Woodward is well aware that in order to sign Hummels he'll have to break the British transfer record fee for a defender, which currently stands at £32 million.
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal will continue to monitor Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman very closely over the next month as he bids to find form and full fitness. (Daily Star)
The Red Devils boss is preparing a £30 million bid for the Holland international as he looks to lure the fit-again star to Old Trafford.
Manchester United target Sami Khedira has signed a pre-contract agreement with Bayern Munich, ending Louis van Gaal's hopes of luring the World Cup winner to Old Trafford. (Marca)
The German midfielder has received assurances from Pep Guardiola that he'll get regular first-team action at the Allianz Arena, paving way for a permanent transfer from Real Madrid.
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