Manchester United morning news: Manchester City join Miranda race, Louis van Gaal happy with Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie

Radamel Falcao

Manchester City reportedly want Manchester United-linked Miranda, while Radamel Falcao says that he has not always been in control of his career.

Manchester City want Miranda

Manchester City have reportedly joined the race to sign defender Miranda from Atletico Madrid in the January transfer window.

According to El Confidencial, the defending Premier League champions are interested in the 30-year-old centre-back, who is also claimed to be open to moving to England.

Manchester United have been linked with a move for the Brazil international since the summer, and reports continue to circulate that they could return with a bid next month.

Radamel Falcao on footballers' choices

United striker Radamel Falcao has admitted that he has not always been able to play for clubs that he has wanted to in his career.

The Colombia international joined the Red Devils from AS Monaco on a season-long loan deal in the summer transfer window.

"No, I'd say not,” Falcao told Spanish football magazine Libero when asked if a footballer is in charge of his own destiny.

“It makes me laugh at times when I get asked why I didn't stay at a particular club or why I haven't moved to another side, as if they player has a choice in the matter.

"I'd say back to journalists, why don't you work at CNN or ESPN? It's the same in football. On very few occasions can the player make the decision to move from one club or to another.

“There have been occasions when I've not been able to live in the way I want, many times. I want to go to a particular club and in finally I end up at another.”

Louis van Gaal happy with duo

United manager Louis van Gaal believes that both Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie will improve as the season progresses.

“Rooney and Van Persie are very social players,” The Daily Mail quotes the Dutchman as saying. “They have trained together already for six months this season so it is normal they shall improve.

“When we are half a year further on, it shall improve even more. That’s why we have training.”

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