News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
Manchester United won 3-0 at West Brom on Saturday. Goals from Phil Jones, Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck saw the Red Devils take three points against the Baggies in a convincing display that puts David Moyes’ side five points behind Tottenham with a game in hand.
Star striker Robin van Persie was substituted on Saturday leading The Guardian to speculate the Dutch ace is a ‘shadow’ of the player he was under Sir Alex Ferguson last term.
Youngster Phil Jones was ‘full of praise’ for midfielder Marouane Fellaini for his performance and insists there is much more to come from the Belgian who arrived last summer for £27.5 million.
"Marouane was terrific and there’s a lot more to come from him – he’s a quality player," the England defender stated.
Club record signing in January Juan Mata is ‘confident’ the Red Devils will have a positive month in March with games to come against Liverpool and Manchester City.
“It is a crucial month for us and, to be honest, I am very positive about it. After being here for five games [before West Brom], I can feel it in the players that we have and the things that we can do,” Juan explained, stating his belief that United can climb the table,” insisted the Spaniard.
In transfer news, Bayern Munich and Germany attacker Toni Kroos is ‘open’ to a move to Old Trafford.
"It is no secret that the Premier League is a possibility for me," Kroos said. When quizzed about United links specifically by the interviewer, he responded: "I will consider everything if I should leave."
Meanwhile, reports claim Manchester City will ‘battle’ United for Luke Shaw with figures as high as £50 million being suggested for the Southampton youngster.
Elsewhere, Juventus have ‘warned’ United off midfielder Paul Pogba insisting the French ace is not for sale.
"Paul is a players who has an immense value," manager Giuseppe Marotta told Sky Italia.
"We are very proud to have him with us…He can stay here for many years to come."
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