Manchester United media round-up: Ancelotti tipped to fight hard over Bale

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A round up of news stories this morning related to Manchester United.

The Daily Telegraph has reported that Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti will fight to keep Gareth Bale at the club.

Manchester United are mentioned by the paper as a possible destination for the Welshman, with speculation building that he could leave this summer.

Bale is under heavy pressure and is forced to face consistent criticism from Real Madrid fans and press in Spain.

Former Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin Van Der Sar has been quoted by the Daily Express suggesting Louis van Gaal will be successful at the club.

Van Gaal has been under pressure during his first season as the boss at Old Trafford, with United struggling for consistency at times.

However, they look as though they will now finish in the top four by the end of the season, which means a place back in the Champions League.

“I think it is important to have a strong manager who really know his stuff - If he couldn’t do it [turn round United’s fortunes] it would be difficult to find someone else who could,” he said.

The Daily Mail has reported that United are mulling over a deal for teenage goalkeeper Joao Virginia.

He spent time at the club last summer having been invited to visit the club’s Aon Training Complex.

The paper states that sources from Portugal claim a deal has already been agreed in principal, with the expectation that the deal will go through without problems.

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