Manchester United news and transfer roundup: Kabak talks and Anfield team news

Manchester United put in an abject performance to blow the opportunity to top their Champions League group and engineer a theoretically more straightforward draw with a 2-1 defeat against Valencia.
In the aftermath of that momentum-sapping loss, we’ve made sure that you don’t miss any of the latest coming out of Old Trafford…

Valencia reaction

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After a disappointing night against his former club, Juan Mata has been typically forthright in his assessment of United’s performance.
He has admitted that slow starts are becoming a real problem for United and also
laid bare his disappointment about missing out on top spot to Juventus.
Mata was not the only rarely-seen playmaker on show last night, Andreas Pereira was also handed a start and has told Jose Mourinho he is desperate for more gametime, having been jettisoned following a promising start to the season.

The main transfer news of the day sees Sport Witness reveal, via Aksam, that United officials recently met with Galatasaray for talks over the signing of promising centre-half Ozan Kabak.

Early Anfield team-news

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Attention quickly turns to Sunday’s trip to face Liverpool at Anfield and Mourinho has already
revealed three players who will definitely start that match; Ashley Young, Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard.
Mourinho also revealed after the match that Matteo Darmian, Victor Lindelof, Diogo Dalot, Anthony Martial and Chris Smalling are all injured – making them unlikely to play against Jurgen Klopp’s side.

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