Manchester United round-up: Leicester target Smalling; Valencia talks held; Mourinho criticises fans
Manchester United’s opponents on Saturday, Leicester City, could launch a move to take Chris Smalling to the King Power Stadium before Thursday’s 11pm transfer deadline, according to the Mirror. Smalling has been told that he can leave Old Trafford after the arrival of Victor Lindelof.
The England international is yet to feature for Jose Mourinho’s side in the Premier League this season and has found himself behind the likes of Phil Jones, Eric Bailly, Victor Lindelof and even Daley Blind at centre-back. With Marcos Rojo also on his way back to fitness, Smalling may need to move on in order to secure a place in England’s World Cup squad with regular game time.
Another player who could make a departure before the transfer window comes to a close is midfielder Andreas Pereira. Like Smalling, he has not yet featured this season and Super Deporte say that Valencia’s owner, Peter Lim, attended Manchester United’s fixture against Leicester this weekend in order to negotiate a loan deal for the youngster.
Pereira spent last season on loan in Spain at Granada, where he ended the season under the management of Tony Adams. Now, he could be set for another loan spell, though it seems that Jose Mourinho is holding up the deal as he believes that he could be an asset to his squad after an impressive pre-season.
However, not everyone is in Mourinho’s good books, as was made clear by the manager in his post-match press conference after Saturday’s win. The manager criticised his fans, despite an impressive attendance of 75,021 as he is quoted by the Independent as saying:
“I didn’t see the first goal. I was speaking with Jesse Lingard because Lingard was going to be the next player to come on. I saw the ball in the net and all the guys jumping around. It was the first time I saw the crowd. They were very quiet. It was easy to know that was a goal because it was the first time I really understood the stadium was full.”
United found it hard to break down their opponents but Rashford’s strike opened the game up, with fellow substitute Marouane Fellaini adding a second before full-time.
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