Moisés Caicedo: ‘My dream has always been to play for Manchester United‘
That optimism could lead to a busier January than was once expected with money available should the right target or targets reveal themselves. Bayern Munich left-back David Alaba is among the potential new recruits, and Ecuadorean midfielder Moises Caicedo is another such name. Summer signing Amad Diallo could join both in Manchester this month with his paperwork finally set to be resolved. Serie A side Atalanta were keen to keep hold of him until the summer but the suggestion is he could be on his way to bolster Solskjaer’s title challengers imminently.
We will have all the latest Manchester United news, rumours and gossip – on both comings and goings – throughout the day.
SOLSKJAER ON FLETCHER SIGNING
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has explained the thought behind the addition of Darren Fletcher to the club’s coaching staff.
The former United midfielder was brought in earlier this week after impressing in his work with the Under-16s.
“Yeah, I thought Michael [Carrick] and Darren should play in midfield for one of these big games!” Solskjaer told the club’s official website. “No, it’s good to have him back.
“Fletch has been very important for this club for many years. I’ve known him since he was a young boy coming through as a 16-year-old and [former assistant] Mark Dempsey, he’s moved down to the Academy helping out there more.
“We had an opening, an open spot and with Darren having been away for a few years I thought it was important that we brought him in, because he’s got very many good opinions and ideas about football and I thought he’s been in with the [Under-]16s, starting his coaching.
“We felt it was right bringing him in now.”
Callum Rice-Coates6 January 2021 09:23
WHY UNITED’S PENALTIES ARE NO LONGER THE ADVANTAGE THEY ONCE WERE
Manchester United’s strange talent for winning penalties is provoking debate again, thanks in part to Jurgen Klopp.
“I hear now that Manchester United had more penalties in two years than I had in five and a half years,” Klopp claimed after Liverpool’s defeat to Southampton on Monday night, which left the champions only above United at the top of the Premier League table on goal difference.
And Klopp is not the only top-flight manager to have drawn attention to the subject over the past few days.
While pointing out that Son Heung-Min is enjoying a prolific goal-scoring season without the advantage of taking spot-kicks, Jose Mourinho could not help but have a dig at United’s penalty taker and top scorer Bruno Fernandes.
Jack Rathborn6 January 2021 09:18
SOLSKJAER ON RIVAL MANAGERS
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes rival managers draw attention to Manchester United’s number of penalties in order to influence referees, following pointed comments by Jurgen Klopp and Jose Mourinho.
After Liverpool’s defeat by Southampton at St Mary’s on Monday night, Klopp claimed that United had won more penalties in the past two years than his side had during his five-year tenure at Anfield.
Those remarks followed Mourinho aiming a thinly-veiled jibe at Bruno Fernandes, United’s penalty-taker and top scorer this season.
Jack Rathborn6 January 2021 09:16
COMAN ON TRANSFER SPECULATION LINKING HIM TO UNITED
“Knowing that good teams are interested in me is good, it gives me additional confidence,” Coman told Bild, having been linked to United last summer as an alternative to Jadon Sancho.
“But I have a contract here until 2023, I’m just thinking of Bayern. It’s all good, I’m happy.
“I had the feeling that I could be used less often [due to Leroy Sane’s arrival]. I’m 24, that’s an age I have to play! Fortunately, my fear did not come true.”
Jack Rathborn6 January 2021 09:15