Manchester United news and transfer roundup: Mata, Costa and more

Manchester United face historic rivals Arsenal tonight to kick off fourth round weekend in the FA Cup and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be looking to maintain his 100 per cent record in caretaker charge.
Victory at the Emirates Stadium would bring up Solskjaer’s eighth straight win since taking over from Jose Mourinho and he already has one impressive win in north London to draw inspiration from.
United saw off Arsenal’s local rivals Spurs earlier this month and a similar result would be another step towards a trophy to add gloss to what has been a tumultuous season at times.
But in the meantime, there have still been news stories floating around, and one even concerns tonight’s opponents…

Mata on the move?

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According to Goal, Barcelona want to continue their January recruitment drive with a swoop for Juan Mata, whose contract is expiring at the end of the season.
Meanwhile, the Mirror claim that Mata is a surprise target for tonight’s opponents Arsenal, as the Gunners look to pick up cut-price targets.

United handed Costa boost?

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According to Italian outlet Calcio Mercato, United have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Juventus winger Douglas Costa, with the Italian champions happy to let him leave to fund a summer revamp.
Elsewhere, United’s search for a director of football has seen them turn to Atletico Madrid’s Andrea Berta, but the Spanish club will make it difficult and want to offer him a new contract,
as per the Daily Mirror.


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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.