Roberto Martinez has rejected speculation that Everton are looking to complete a deal with Tom Cleverley, who is currently on loan at the club from Manchester United. However, it looks very much that Cleverley will be a free agent in the summer after United have not showed any interest in negotiating his contract, which ends in the summer. Everton are understood to be impressed by the performances of the England international and they are ready to make him a permanent fixture in their starting line-up. Martinez has already converted a number of loan stars into permanent Everton players with the most prominent of them being Romelu Lukaku.
The attractive part about Cleverley will be that he will be available on a free transfer since his contract comes to an end. Amidst such speculation, Martinez has denied suggestions that the club are looking to arrive at a deal. It has been a very disappointing campaign for the Merseyside outfit. After putting a lot of their focus on the Europa league midway through the campaign, Everton were stunned by Ukrainian outfit Dynamo Kyiv in the last 32. Hence, focus has shifted back to the league and Everton have gone on a winning run of three matches. Read more »
Manchester United moved eight points clear of Liverpool, who occupy the fifth spot, after a 4-2 win over archrivals Manchester City on Sunday.
Juan Mata was one of the scorers in this excellent game for the Red Devils. He has been in sparkling form ever since being recalled as the replacement for an ineffective Angel di Maria. Mata scored the crucial third goal for the team. Despite getting this crucial victory, Mata reckons that United should not forget the important task of securing Champions League football for next campaign.
After being in the fight with several clubs over the last few months, United are in a position to return to the Champions League automatically if they finish in the top three. They will have to go through the qualifiers if they finish in the fourth spot, which is currently occupied by City. Manuel Pellegrini’s men are four points behind United, but they have a much easier run-in in the rest of the campaign. United still have matches against Arsenal and Chelsea. As a result, the prospect of returning to the Champions League is not a foregone conclusion for United. With Mata in such sparkling form, it would be not surprising to see the club win four out of the next six matches. Read more »
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Radamel Falcao arrived to Old Trafford on September 1st of 2014, the Colombian was seen as a superstar of a player and this was mainly due to the impressive string of performances and goals that he managed to score during his time performing for Athletic Madrid but his goal-scoring record took a serious plunge since he moved to Monaco.
Louis van Gaal still believed that Falcao was a top performer and he decided to sign the Colombian forward on a loan deal which has an option of turning into a permanent transfer depending on how well he performs in Old Trafford but it does not seem like this is going to happen as Falcao continues to struggle in scoring goals on a consistent basis.
In 16 appearances for Manchester United in the Premier League, Falcao has scored 4 goals. Read more »
Louis Van Gaal has made it clear that he wants to win the FA Cup this season with Manchester United.
The main objective for the club this campaign will be to get back into the top four. Only a few weeks ago, the possibility of mounting an unlikely title challenge seemed to come good. This has been spoiled by the recent run of three draws in four matches. After being knocked out of the League Cup at a very early stage, United have been looking into the possibility of scheduling midweek friendly matches in order to keep the players happy.
The arrival of the FA Cup, though, gives Van Gaal a competitive option. He also sees the trophy – the oldest in world football – as an ideal way to show the progress that he has made in the last six months at the club. After struggling heavily to get results during the first few months, van Gaal has shown that he can work his magic yet again. League One strugglers Yeovil Town will be the opponents for United in the third round of the FA Cup. Given the lower stature and the poor form of the opponents, there is a tendency for United to relax. Van Gaal has rejected those suggestions by saying that he will be fielding his strongest team.
“We know from our early exit in the [League] Cup that league places mean nothing in the cups but I know that also from Ajax and Barcelona so it’s not only like that in England.It is always a shock when you play against a lower team because you can assume that you have to win but it is not like that in football.I have lost with Ajax against a lower team – against Cambuur, for example. I lost at Barcelona against a third-division team,” said Van Gaal.