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Manchester United round-up: Neymar move possible in summer; David De Gea replacement lined up; Jose Mourinho reacts to West Brom draw

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Manchester United round-up: Neymar move possible in summer; David De Gea replacement lined up; Jose Mourinho reacts to West Brom draw

An ambitious move for Neymar could still be on the cards according to the Sunday Times as they report that the Barcelona forward is considering a move away from Spain to the Premier League in order to make him the world’s best-paid player ahead of the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Brazil international has been linked with the club for some time now, and it appears that his £170 million release clause would have to be activated to pull the move off. That said, Chelsea and Manchester United are both thought to be considering a transfer to bring him to England.

Another expensive addition could be that of AC Milan’s teen sensation Gianluigi Donnarumma, who the Mirror say has been identified as a replacement for current first choice David De Gea if Real Madrid come back in for the Spanish goalkeeper to try to take him back to his home country.

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Donnarumma has been a revelation at the San Siro and is now competing with Gianluigi Buffon for the number one shirt for the Italian national team despite his relative lack of experience and could become a long term solution for both club and country if he does move to Old Trafford.

However, United’s problems of late have come at the other end of the pitch, and Jose Mourinho did not hold back when criticising his strikers as he told the press, as quoted by the club website:


“I don’t criticise the other team or that the other team comes here to get the point, to defend, to try to stop the game and try to buy some time. They did their game and I have nothing to say in relation to that.”

“What I can say is we tried. We had six players for me, who were absolutely phenomenal in their attitude, mentality and consistency. And then you have four creative players, four you need to score a goal for you and they didn’t. They had flashes, glimpses and moments but they don’t have consistency. We pay with two more points [dropped] for that.”

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Saturday’s 0-0 draw with West Brom means that the club remain in fifth with their hopes of a top-four finish fading quickly as teams around them pick up wins whilst they struggle to convert draws into three points.

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Sam is a football journalist focusing on English football at all levels and Spanish football. He also writes for Spain's biggest daily sports newspaper, MARCA, as well as The Boot Room. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.

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