Manchester United news round-up: Ander Herrera faces court date

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Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera will fly to Spain on March 5 - a day after the Red Devils face Newcastle United at St James' Park - to face questioning in court about his alleged involvement in a match-fixing scandal.

This is according to the Mirror, who state that the Spanish midfielder could face a ban from football or even prison if found guilty at the end of the trial.

Herrera is accused by prosecutor Alejandro Luzón of receiving a €90,000 payment from club president Agapito Iglesias, during his time playing for Real Zaragoza, before handing it to a Levante player on the final day of the 2010-11 season.

The 25-year-old, who was 21 at the time, is one of 42 people named in the case. All of them are legally bound to give evidence at the trial.

The report adds that the prosecution has even managed to present bank record to the court with evidence of the initial transactions.

Herrera has struggled to force his way into Manchester United's first team since completing his £29 million move from Athletic Bilbao in the summer, but came on as a second-half substitute against Cambridge United on Tuesday night.

United confident of signing Raphael Varane

Meanwhile, Manchester United are confident of signing Real Madrid centre-back Raphael Varane this summer.

This is according to reports in Italy, which state that a £35 million deal could be completed before the start of the 2015-16 campaign.

Varane is considered one of the best young central defenders in world football - if not the best - and is also on the radar of Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.

United boss Louis van Gaal opted against making a move for the 21-year-old France international last month, but is planning on bringing the Real Madrid star to Old Trafford at the end of the season.

Adnan Januzaj admits struggles

And finally, Adnan Januzaj has admitted that Louis van Gaal's tactics have made things difficult for him at Old Trafford this season.

"Yes, the system can make it more difficult for me to play there but I have to keep working," the Belgium international told United Review. "That is what I am doing in training every day, as I want to get more games this season.

"I'm not really a wing-back. It's harder for me because there is more defending involved and I'm not really a defender."

Januzaj has played a peripheral role with Manchester United this season, making only a handful of starts under Van Gaal.

However, the Dutch coach denied the player a loan move last month, stating the teenager was very much part of his plans for the remaining months of the season.

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