Manchester United news and transfer round-up: Fred update, Valencia linked with exit

Manchester United are preparing to face Fulham tomorrow looking for their first Premier League win in five matches.
As is always the case at the biggest club in the world, there is plenty going on aside from Jose Mourinho’s preparations for that match with the division’s bottom side and we’ve put them all in one place in today’s roundup…

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After Mark Hughes was sacked, Mourinho is now the Premier League manager most at risk of the sack and Metro report that Mauricio Pochettino is far and away Ed Woodward’s top choice to replace him.
That news will go down well with Paul Scholes, who has questioned the logic of bringing in Zinedine Zidane to replace Mourinho.

Mourinho has also been discussing the setup of his midfield ahead of the Fulham clash. He said United were quicker and more intense against Arsenal without Paul Pogba and revealed that Fred will get more gametime once his side improves defensively.
Ander Herrera was one of two players
singled out for praise after that 2-2 draw with the Gunners and the Times report that the Spaniard is set to sign an extended contract at Old Trafford.

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There could also be change in United’s full-back positions as West Ham are lining up a January swoop for club captain Antonio Valencia, according to the Sun.
Juventus left-back Alex Sandro was a target for United at one point, but he has agreed a new long-term deal with the Old Lady, as per WhoScored.

Juve are also still keen on bringing Pogba back to Italy, according to TeamTalk, and it remains to be seen whether he will start against Fulham.
Mourinho is still sweating on the fitness of Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Anthony Martial and Eric Bailly for tomorrow’s match, which will once more see the Portuguese battle against a raft of injuries.

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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.