Manchester United: Arsenal want swap deal; Mkhitaryan blow; weekend victory reaction

Arsenal want to bring Jesse Lingard to the Emirates and are prepared to pay him twice his current weekly wage in a deal worth £120,000 per week in a move similar to that which saw Danny Welbeck make the same move not so long ago, say the Sun. The young winger has struggled to establish himself in the first team under Jose Mourinho and may be open to the move.

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The Red Devils are hoping to capitalise on the interest to use Lingard as a makeweight to bring Mesut Ozil to Old Trafford, with Jose Mourinho once describing the German as the best number ten in the world when they worked together at Real Madrid. Ozil only has 18 months left on his current contract and is not close to agreeing an extension according to sources.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan continued his fine form for United as he scored the winning goal in a tight encounter with Tottenham Hotspur, but his day was marred as he was stretchered off with an ankle injury late on. Jose Mourinho revealed the extent of his injury, saying:

“It looks like the next match is a no, but it looks like it is nothing that is really dangerous or that needs surgery, so hopefully we will probably have Micki on Boxing Day [against Sunderland].”

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Mourinho also spoke to reserve praise for the rest of his team too in what was an impressive display as United cut the distance between themselves and the top four. He added:

“We have been playing so well but not getting results. We needed the result today, even if the performance could be not as good as the others. But that was not the case. I think the performance was even better than the others because we were playing against a very good team… The team was very good, the effort was by everyone. The way we defended set-pieces was a team effort. I think it is fair to say that Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo were magnificent and obviously surrounded by a team that is organised with a big solidarity, giving everything to keep a clean sheet that gave us points.”

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The praise for Jones and Rojo in particular may surprise some, particularly given his apparent desire to sell them on as soon as possible with defensive additions a top priority in January.

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