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Manchester United reveal Old Trafford expansion plans

Manchester United officials are currently looking at plans for an extension to Old Trafford, which would see an extra tier added to the Sir Bobby Charlton stand, making the Theatre of Dreams’ capacity 88,000, according to a report on the Daily Mail.

The Red Devils currently have a capacity of 75,643, but should the plans go ahead then they will boast the third largest stadium in Europe, behind Barcelona’s Nou Camp and Wembley stadium.

Previously, United have been reluctant to look at plans for expanding the stadium because of concerns regarding the train line, which is directly behind the stand.

Manchester United are considering the expansion of Old Trafford. (image: express.co.uk)
Manchester United are considering the expansion of Old Trafford. (image: express.co.uk)

However, due to advancements in technology, the club can now look at extension plans without fear of causing disruption to houses or the railway line.

Should the plans be given the green light, Old Trafford will surpass the San Siro, Bernabeu, Stade de France and Westfalenstadion in Europe in terms of maximum capacity.

 

Manchester United ready to trigger Sergi Roberto’s release clause

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is prepared to trigger Sergi Roberto’s £36.5m release clause in his contract after the defender was angry at not starting the Spanish Super Cup first leg against rivals Real Madrid, according to a report on the Mirror.

The right back, who can also operate as a central midfielder, was upset at being left out of the starting XI and has made up his mind to leave the Spanish giants. The 25-year-old has attracted interest from United and fellow Premier League club Chelsea and it seems both clubs will battle for his signature.

The Red Devils are looking to bring in at least one more player before the transfer window slams shut and Mourinho is looking to provide some cover for Antonio Valencia. Roberto can also play in midfield and with United playing in numerous competitions, squad rotation will be key to challenge for silverware.

Sergi Roberto has been strongly linked with a move to the Premier League. (picture: goal.com)
Sergi Roberto has been strongly linked with a move to the Premier League. (picture: goal.com)

The defender may decide to stay in Spain if he gets the assurance that he will be a starter for Barcelona but if not, then he is open to a move to the Premier League.

In my opinion, Roberto would also not be a starting player every week at Old Trafford, however he will get plenty of games due to United having a very busy fixture schedule. Antonio Valencia is very fit and healthy but he won’t be able to play every weekend and midweek, which is why signing Roberto will provide some top quality cover in that position.

Our midfield is really strong but Mourinho can’t always use the same 3 men in midfield in all competitions so Roberto would fit in nicely there too but if he is leaving Barcelona to get first team action week in week out, then I don’t think United is the best place for him.

What do you think? Should United sign Roberto?

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Barcelona flirt with United hotshot Angel Gomes

Manchester United youth player Angel Gomes is being watched by Spanish giants Barcelona after impressing for United Under-18’s and as captain for England Under-17’s.

Angel Gomes was signed by United at the age of just 13 and after consistently playing in higher age groups, he finally made his debut in the Under-18’s at the age of 14.

Despite being creative and very skilful, there are concerns about his size and whether or not he would survive in the Premier League.

Although the 16 year old is contracted until 2018, his remarkable performances for both club and country have raised the eyebrows of Barcelona officials who are monitoring his development and may well attempt to lure Angel Gomes away.

Barcelona to tempt Manchester United’s Juan Mata away this summer

With the announcement that Jose Mourinho is Manchester United’s new manager, Mata’s future at the club is in question.

In Jose Mourinho’s time at Stamford Bridge, he decided to allow Juan Mata to go to Old Trafford at ease which sparks the question whether he’ll let go of the Spaniard as easily this time round.

Barcelona, the La Liga giants, have been heavily linked with Mata for some time now and as he’ll now be under Mourinho’s United, that might tempt the 28-year-old to make the move.

Mundo Deportivo have reported that Barcelona are looking to strengthen their squad this season to try and gain European victory in the Champions League next season.

The Nou Camp already boasts impressive talent under the likes of world class stars Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.

Juan Mata has impressive stats himself which have impressed Barcelona such as his 89% pass accuracy and his FA Cup final goal really put him into their high priority of summer transfer targets.

Unfortunately, he wasn’t included in the Euro 2016 squad for Spain so is desperate to get back to winning ways which the move to Spain could offer him.

Mata looks dissatisfied after being subbed by Mourinho at Chelsea (Picture: metro.co.uk)
Mata looks dissatisfied after being subbed by Mourinho at Chelsea (Picture: metro.co.uk)
History may repeat itself again as Sportsmail has reported that his advisors are set to discuss Mata’s future at United with Mourinho to make sure he still has an active role – this is the same action that took place two years ago before Mata was sold to Manchester United.

The £37.1 million transfer from Chelsea is desperate to stay at the club and has shown this with his passionate display at Wembley in the FA Cup final.

Mata is currently in Catalonia, fuelling the rumours that he is considering the move back to Spain.

As Mata is back under Mourinho’s wing, could history repeat itself? Will he make the move to the Spanish giants? Do you want him to stay at the club?
Comment below and let us know!

To read the full article on the Daily Mail, please click here.

Ousmane Dembele watched by United and Barcelona

French wonderkid Ousmane Dembele, 18, was scouted by five Premier League clubs on Sunday during Rennes’ match with Lyon. The clubs present included Manchester United, Arsenal, West Ham, Southampton and Stoke City.

Dembele is being labelled as the best talent to emerge from France in years. He has scored 9 goals this season and set up Rennes’ first goal on Sunday.

Ousmane Dembele was also watched by Spanish giants, Barcelona and German champions Bayern Munich, both of which are considered front runners to sign the youngster.

France coach Didier Deschamps has said that Dembele can play across the pitch in all attacking positions and can use both of his feet.

You can read the full article on the Daily Mail website by clicking here.

Watch Dembele in action below:

Man United in for Basel wonder kid Breel Embolo

Manchester united are reportedly keen to spend big money on another striker in the form of FC Basel’s wonder kid Breel Embolo.

Twenty times Premier league champions Manchester united have joined the race to sign FC Basel starlet Breel Embolo and have started scouting him. Manchester United chief Scout Peter Braund was at the Europa league game between FC Basel and Fiorentina on this Thursday.

 

The 18-year-old Swiss striker Breel Embolo made his Basel debut in March 2014 but since then he has scored 26 goals and has 18 assists in his bag. La Liga Champions Barcelona are also monitoring the youngster along with Serie A champions Juventus and FA cup winners Arsenal.

Breel Embolo is regarded as one of the best young strikers in Europe and Manchester united have to spend very big if they want sign him. Barcelona also willing to strengthen their young strike force after some poor performance by their young striker Munir El haddadi. So they could give united a tough challenge in signing Swiss striker.

Signing Of Anthony Martial has proved that Manchester united boss Louis Van Gaal will not hesitate in spending big if he is really interested in any player whatever be the player’s age and experience.

Along with Breel Embolo, Manchester united have also reportedly been scouting Fiorentina midfielder Borja Valero and there are strong rumours that Former Manchester united No. 7 Cristiano Ronaldo could return to old Trafford this January. So, it would be interesting to see who will join the red devils at the end of this January transfer window.

Read full article here at the telegraph’s official website.

What do you think of Manchester United’s young striker policy ? Do you think Embolo will be able to solve United’s goal scoring problems ? Let us know your opinions in the comments below.

Neymar transfer still on the cards

Manchester United, Real Madrid and Paris St Germain all monitoring Neymar’s situation at Barcelona.

As with many other transfer rumours, this one does sound a little far fetched. However, there are concerns that Barcelona will not be able to match Neymar’s wage demands.

There will be nothing Barcelona can do to stop Neymar leaving should his wage demands not be met and a club come in and trigger his £134m release clause. We all know Manchester United can afford it.

In slight contrast, United are also interested in signing Bournemouth’s Matt Ritchie. The winger scored 15 last season and helped with 17 assists. He also scored a wonder goal against Sunderland this season.

For full details of the above, please visit the Telegraph website by clicking here.

Watch Matt Ritchie’s strike by clicking here, or watching below: