Manchester United have held an interest in Everton defender John Stones for roughly the same amount of time as Chelsea, but they face further competition now. Stones has also been scouted by Barcelona, who watched him in England's game against Spain. The Telegraph has this story, and it's also worth considering whether an England player would have the will to move abroad - we are an essentially ignorant people.
The Daily Mail says that as well as West Bromwich Albion, Stoke City and West Ham, the mighty Manchester United also want Bournemouth winger Matt Ritchie. He'd presumably just be back up, and at 26, there's little room for improvement. If he's available cheaply and the transfer is easy to do in the winter, it's possible, but there must be better long term targets. As well as that story, there' s one that Espanyol want Victor Valdes to join them in January.
Manchester United recently signed youngster DJ Buffonge from Fulham, and now there's some information on him in the Mirror. It's likely years before we see him in the first team, but Louis van Gaal is the kind of manager to pick a teenager out of nowhere.
In the Manchester Evening News, Denis Irwin explains why Matteo Darmian has 'gone off the boil' at Manchester United. There's little reason to panic. He showed how talented he is, but United can cope without him as he adjusts to the rigours of the Premier League. He can be afforded the time to acclimatise.
The Sun/ESPNFC say that Chelsea and United are both interested in Valencia's Algerian winger Sofiane Feghouli. It'd be a change to have an African player at United, and something that would be worthwhile if it came in the shape of Feghouli, who is one of many impressive players in the current Algerian national team.