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Jason Burt of the Telegraph is reporting that Darren Fletcher has been granted a free transfer away from Manchester United. West Ham is a rumored destination.

Darren Fletcher has been linked with a number of potential destinations including West Ham United and West Brom and Manchester United have made the rumored move easier allowing Fletcher to leave on a free. Fletcher has played infrequently since recovering from a long-term bowel issue and is looking for a move away from Old Trafford to secure more regular playing time. West Ham has a solid central midfield group with Alex Song, Mark Noble and Cheikhou Kouyate but Song is only around on loan and Fletcher would be a nice back-up plan should Song not sign a permanent deal at Upton Park.
Jan 26 - 5:03 PM

Manchester United fielded an all-star line-up but still failed to score in their FA Cup match-up with Cambridge United on Friday.

Radamel Falcao and friends failed to score a goal or even regularly trouble the Cambridge United net. They certainly dominated possession but they couldn't break through and only forced a couple of strong saves. In fact, Cambridge United could probably be judged to have had the best chance on the evening. The nil-nil draw gives Cambridge United a return leg at Old Trafford in early February.
Jan 23 - 5:31 PM

Chris Smalling picked up an injury in training this week and will miss approximately two weeks including Friday's FA Cup match and Week 23 in the Premier League.

With experienced center backs Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones both healthy and Tyler Blackett and Paddy McNair gaining experience rapidly, Louis Van Gaal is unlikely to sweat the absences of Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling over the next two matches. It doesn't hurt that the opposition Manchester United will face isn't exactly fearsome with Cambridge United and bottom-of-the-league Leicester City on tap. Look for both defenders to recover for Week 24 in the Premier League.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 23 - 11:35 AM

Robin van Persie is fit enough to return to action against Cambridge United in FA Cup action tonight.

With a big squad available to him and lower level competition in front of his team, Louis Van Gaal may elect to give the Dutch forward a little extra rest in favor of someone like James Wilson. Regardless, RvP is healthy enough to play and should be more than ready to go when the Premier League resumes next weekend.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 23 - 11:30 AM

With a glut of central midfielders at Old Trafford and an expiring contract, Darren Fletcher is a wanted man.

Having recovered from long-term health issues, Fletcher looks likely to continue his career away from Old Trafford. The likes of West Ham United and West Brom have been mentioned in conjunction with the 30-year-old midfielder. Manchester United may look to cash in during this transfer window rather than lose the player for free if a) they don't intend to resign him or b) he doesn't seem inclined to stay for what will likely be a deep reserve role.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 23 - 11:27 AM

Since his return from injury pundits have openly discussed the merits of utilising Angel di Maria in a deeper role with the game in front of him as opposed to his more advanced position of recent times with the Argentine playing with his back to goal.

Di Maria hasn’t looked comfortable and has lacked that creative spark which lit up the British Premier League on his arrival from Real Madrid - however with a change of formation following the loss of Jonny Evans [injury] United were soon on the front foot. Louis van Gaal opted to bring on James Wilson for the luckless defender which had an immediate effect and United scored within a minute of his introduction. With Di Maria playing in his preferred deeper position United were able to open up QPR and create space for the returning Radamel Falcao who would’ve added to his three goals had it not been for the heroic efforts of Rob Green and Steven Caulker.
Jan 18 - 9:35 AM

Marouane Fellaini and James Wilson scored in the second half to overcome United's dreary first half performance and secure three points at Loftus Road.

Radamel Falcao was restored to the starting line-up with Robin van Persie injured but he couldn't convert any of the very makable opportunities presented to him. Juan Mata was withdrawn at halftime in favor of Marouane Fellaini who scored within 13 minutes of his introduction from an Antonio Valencia cross. The score remained 1-0 until late when James Wilson scored on a break away in the dying minutes to secure the three points. Once again, it wasn't an impressive effort against a bad team but United did what it needed to do to keep the pressure on Southampton and Arsenal.
Jan 17 - 12:21 PM

With Robin van Persie highly unlikely to see action against Queens Park Rangers in Week 22 it seems likely that Radamel Falcao will get a chance to return to Louis Van Gaal's good graces.

In most situations, this would be a slam dunk. RvP is out injured so the managers turns to the big money, highly talented forward on the bench. The only reason to equivocate about that outcome is that Louis Van Gaal has a reputation as an extraordinarily stubborn manager. There's a line of logic that says he'll show his power/genius by starting James Wilson in RvP's place just to prove a point to Falcao that he needs to do more. That QPR are this weekend's opponent might give LVG even more incentive to use this opportunity to prove his point. Falcao is still the odds on favorite to start but he's not a sure enough thing to consider for salary cap leagues that have transfer deadlines that come before line-ups are announced.
Source: espnfc.com
Jan 16 - 9:25 AM

Luke Shaw is a bargain defensive option for Manchester United's trip to QPR.

With Ashley Young facing a spell on the side-lines it presents a chance for Manchester United's Shaw to finally stamp his mark on the Old Trafford left wing-back spot. The price is right if you fancy gambling for the match-up with Queens Park Rangers, with the defender available for around £6million in the Yahoo fantasy game.
Jan 16 - 4:40 AM

Wayne Rooney and the United attack have been struggling mightily since their huge Week 18 win when everyone was convinced that he'd found a new home in the Scholes Role.

There was a widespread belief after Week 18 that Wayne Rooney had found a productive home at the center of a productive, star-studded Manchester United attack. In the three matches since then, the newly-minted attacking midfielder has put up scores of 5, 4, and 4 in the Yahoo fantasy format with only a single shot on target over those three matches. Hard to know what went wrong but it definitely has and it seemed that Rooney was playing even deeper in midfield against the Saints. Buyer beware on Rooney even as United enter a relatively soft part of their schedule.
Source: Yahoo.com
Jan 14 - 1:26 PM

Daley Blind returned to the Manchester United starting line-up with a solid fantasy effort even if the result wasn't what supporters would have liked to see.

Manchester United got a bunch of players back healthy for their Week 21 match with Southampton. Daley Blind was immediately restored to the starting line-up and produced solid phantom point numbers in United's disappointing 1-0 loss. Blind posted six intercepted passes, two tackles won and a successful cross on his way to a double digit (Yahoo) performance. Given the result for the Red Devils, it will be interesting to see how and how often Blind is deployed in the weeks ahead.
Source: Yahoo.com
Jan 14 - 1:15 PM

Reports from the UK suggest the ankle injury sustained by Robin van Persie during the home defeat to Southampton is minor with the Dutch striker expected to miss one Premier League game.

Van Persie was unable to attend Mondays’ FIFA Ballon D’or ceremony in Zurich as he underwent further tests after limping off 24 hours earlier at Old Trafford. A scan revealed slight ligament damage which could mean the striker will only miss Saturdays’ trip to Loftus Road while he should be okay for the FA Cup tie against Cambridge 6 days later. His absence will afford Colombian Radamel Falcao a quick recall who was "rested" last time out having started the previous five games. Jorge Mendes [Agent] has expressed uncertainty regarding his client’s future and with James Wilson and Wayne Rooney able to lead the United line if required the club may struggle to justify a weekly wage of over $400k sitting on the bench.
Source: Daily Mail
Jan 14 - 11:45 AM

Robin van Persie will be sent for a scan on Monday after Louis van Gaal confirmed the Dutchman injured his ankle during Sundays’ defeat to Southampton meaning the striker will not be able to travel to Zurich to collect his goal of the year award.

The build-up to the game was dominated by the news that only Ashley Young was left in the United treatment after Luke Shaw, Daley Blind, Marouane Fellaini and Marcos Rojo returned to full training although the latter wasn’t included and Rafael was rested as a precaution following surgery on his fractured cheekbone. The game also had another noticeable absentee as Radamel Falcao did not make the 18 although strangely three defenders did – Evans, McNair and Blackett. However the Colombian is likely to make a rapid return after Robin van Persie was replaced on the hour because of injury making him a serious doubt for game week 22. Louis van Gaal also confirmed post-match that Luke Shaw and Angel di Maria were substituted because they need ‘match rhythm.’
Jan 11 - 5:15 PM

Angel Di Maria was subbed off in the 72nd minute vs Southampton on Sunday after recording one of his worst performances of the season.

Di Maria couldn't get anything going offensively vs the Saints, finishing with a 60 percent pass completion rate, 0 take-ons completed, 0 crosses completed, 0 key passes and 0 shots on goal. His substitution made way for Marouane Fellaini who failed to impress as well. Overall, Man United were poor on the day with Juan Mata and Antonio Valencia showing the most promise of all going forward.
Jan 11 - 1:54 PM

Victor Valdes will be included in the Manchester United squad that will face Southampton at Old Trafford on Sunday.

There have been a number of rumors equating the arrival of Victor Valdes with the potential departure of David De Gea given that the younger Spaniard has only 18 months to run on his current contract. While Valdes has indeed arrived and De Gea only has a limited amount of time on his deal, it seems unlikely that United are going to abandon DDG as their number one. Valdes represents a great reserve option and insurance policy for this season and next if De Gea does decide to leave but United will be doing everything they can to keep one of the top young goalkeepers in the world for an extended run.
Source: espnfc.com
Jan 9 - 2:29 PM


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