Manchester United round-up: Early team news; €15m defender bid reportedly ready

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

Manchester United take on Leicester City at Old Trafford this afternoon with Louis van Gaal’s side all too aware what the Foxes are capable of on their day.

Leicester defeated United 5-3 back in September and today’s hosts will not want a repeat of that match.

In early team news, the BBC reports that United will be without Michael Carrick after the England international suffered a ruptured muscle that will rule him out for around four weeks.

Ashley Young is said to be closing in on a return following a hamstring injury while central defenders Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling may feature.

Carrick’s absence is a huge blow for United given his importance to the side but his injury could see summer signing Ander Herrera given more chances from the start.

In other news, Italian website TMW reports that AS Roma are interested in signing alleged United target Aleksandar Dragovic.

However, the report claims United hold the advantage in the race for the 23-year-old Austrian centre-back and that they are prepared to pay €15million for the player in a bid to complete the deal.

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