Manchester United latest: Roma issue Strootman statement; ex-pro slates defending

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Roma president James Pallotta has spoken out about the persistent reports linking Kevin Strootman with a January move to Manchester United.

In quotes published by Inside Futbol, Pallotta said, “There has been non-stop reporting in UK newspapers about Kevin Strootman and Manchester United.

“Kevin Strootman is not for sale and has never been discussed in that vein at Roma. They are wasting paper.

“We consider Kevin an integral, highly valued partner in our long-term plans.”

The Netherlands international was linked with United long before Louis van Gaal took charge, but given the club’s need for a midfielder with Strootman’s qualities, it was no surprise when those reports went into overdrive following a less than promising start to life under the Dutch boss.

But it appears the newspapers would be wise to stop printing the speculation, with Roma seemingly having no intention to sell.

In other news, Tony Cascarino has been speaking about United’s defending against Leicester City.

Van Gaal’s side lost 5-3 to the Foxes on Sunday, and speaking to Sky Sports the former player said, “Defensively United were shocking.

“Some of the goals they were giving away…Gary Neville said they were ‘soft’, that’s being kind because centre-halves go off to win a ball and sometimes we saw two people challenging for the same ball.”

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