Manchester United rounded off a mixed 2018 with a comfortable 4-1 victory over Bournemouth to continue Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s 100 per cent start to his caretaker reign.
With the transfer window set to open tomorrow, transfer talk will continue to ramp up and while it remains to be seen whether Solskjaer will be given the money to make long-term additions, there are some new names in the frame…
Defensive targets emerge
The Express report that United are back on the trail of a new central defender and Roma’s Kostas Manolas is in the frame.
A report from Italian outlet Calcio Mercato claims that United are set to do battle with Liverpool over Porto defender Eder Militao.
Meanwhile, the Times claim that Ed Woodward would only sanction a big outlay on a promising young defender such as Matthijs de Ligt of Ajax, although there is hot competition for his signature.
Italian interest looming
Paul Pogba has returned to his top form under Solskjaer and the Express report that has only served to intensify Juventus’ interest in bringing the midfielder back to Italy.
He is not the only Red linked with a return to Italy – the Sun report that Matteo Darmian is wanted by both Lazio and Inter Milan.
Anthony Martial and David de Gea are two further players whose futures are still not certain, and Solskjaer has assured fans that he will be attempting to convince them to stay – as per Sky Sports.