Manchester United forward could be out until 2014; £16m man to finally arrive in January?

Danny Welbeck

A select round-up of morning news relating to Manchester United

Following the news that Manchester United could be without Michael Carrick until 2014, Sky Sports reports that David Moyes also has a decision to make about Danny Welbeck.

The forward has been side-lined with a cartilage problem and United are reportedly considering sanctioning a knee operation that could see the England man miss the next five weeks.  Given the time required to develop full match fitness, that could see Welbeck not returning to first-team action until some time in the new year.

Moyes’ side has fared well without Welbeck, but the United boss will know the busy Christmas schedule will be vital in the club’s attempt to retain their title.

In other news, the Leighton Baines rumours are back yet again, with the Mirror claiming Moyes will finally get his man in January, for a reported fee of £16million.

This appears to be pretty much the same story that was reported last month; but with questions remaining over the future of Patrice Evra, and Moyes’ considerable admiration for the Everton left-back, it is a move that makes sense for United…if not for the Toffees.

And finally, the Daily Star reports that United have been given a boost in their apparent interest in Real Madrid’s Xabi Alonso.

The report claims talks between United and the Spaniard have changed his mind about initially wishing to remain in his homeland once his contract at the Bernabeu expires next summer.

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