United morning news: £27m man linked with Strootman swap; defensive criticism

A select round-up of the latest news relating to Manchester United

The fall-out from Manchester United’s 5-3 defeat at the hands of Leicester City dominates the back pages this morning.

United threw away a 3-1 lead to slip to a humbling defeat despite starting with a front-line of Angel Di Maria, Radamel Falcao, Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie, and the newspapers are having a field day.

The Manchester Evening News has picked up on coverage across the country, bringing together some of the most experienced football writers’ opinions of United’s showing.

The common consensus appears to be that Louis van Gaal’s defence is simply not good enough in its current state…and few who witnessed Sunday’s match would disagree with that.

In other news, Tutto Mercato Web perseveres with the old Kevin Strootman to United rumours, claiming that while both Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini could be used in a potential swap deal, the Spaniard has no intention of leaving Manchester.

That leaves the Belgian midfielder as a possible make-weight, although much reportedly depends on whether Strootman’s club Roma can sign long-term target Adrien Rabiot from Paris Saint-Germain.

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