News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
In team news, United take on Liverpool in the League Cup this evening at Old Trafford. The line-up is:
De Gea, Rafael, Smalling, Evans, Jones, Buttner, Giggs, Kagawa, Nani, Hernandez, Rooney.
Subs: Amos, Fabio, Anderson, Carrick, Zaha, Januzaj, Welbeck.
Striker Robin van Persie is ‘unlikely’ to feature due to the same groin injury that saw him watch the game at the Etihad from the stands on Sunday. Phil Jones is still out with an ankle injury, Rafael also with a hamstring strain.
Meanwhile, Liverpool could see the return of Luis Suarez for the first time this season after he completed his ten-match ban and is available for Brendan Rodgers’ selection.
However, the Reds with definitely be with Philippe Coutinho, Glen Johnson and Aly Cissokho for the clash.
In transfer news, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez claims United made a bid for Gareth Bale prior to his world recording breaking move to the Spanish capital.
"Tottenham did not want to sell. We learned that Manchester United had made an offer and we made one ourselves," he told Spanish radio earlier this week.
Subsequently, The Mirror reports that United offered £100 million to Tottenham for Bale but the player already had his heart set on a move to La Liga.
However, United officials have refused to confirm or deny these reports.
The same source also claims United are ‘monitoring’ Andre Pirlo, along with Arsenal, as reports have emerged the Italian midfield maestro is likely to leave Juventus in January.
Meanwhile, United fullback Rafael is linked with a move to Corinthians in his homeland Brazil but his agent has denied his client is even considering a move away from Old Trafford and insisted Rafael is ‘happy’ at United.
"Suddenly, there is interest. If there is, it's great. All third parties and players see Corinthians very positively, but it's hard, because he is happy at United.... He is not even thinking about returning to Brazil," explained Cassiano Pereira.
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