United morning news: ‘Wild speculation’ regarding young United player

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

Manchester United fans have no time to bask in the afterglow of Wednesday’s Champions League victory over Olympiakos.

It is back to Premier League business as they travel to West Ham United for today’s late kick-off. But they will do so without Robin van Persie, who will be out for the next four to six weeks.

Whether it is a major blow for David Moyes or a chance for Juan Mata to excel in his natural position behind Wayne Rooney will be revealed in due course.

The Express reports that David de Gea could be set for a contract extension, at least if Moyes has his way.

The club are always going to keep their best players,” Moyes is quoted as saying. And the Spaniard is arguably the one player he needs to tie down to a long-term deal more than any other.

And finally, Federico Macheda is apparently not on his way to Celtic despite some stories to the contrary.

The Express publishes quotes from Neil Lennon, where he dismissed the rumours linking the SPL side for a move with the United striker.

There is nothing in that story at all,” Lennon said. “We have been aware of his availability over previous transfer windows but have not pursued that. You never say never but it is just wild speculation at the minute.”

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