Shaka Hislop reckons that Roma midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini will join Manchester United. “I think this makes a whole lot of sense. If you’ve got big money to spend, he’s the kind of player you want to spend it on. Manchester United do, they have a need. I think it makes a whole lot of sense for player and club.” Well, there you have it. Start breaking out your projected line-ups.
Old Trafford is one of the most impressive grounds in Europe, but it is in danger of falling behind if the Glazers don’t make start making improvements soon, writes Andy Mitten. Rumors of various expansions and added tiers have been floated over the last few years - including the reintroduction of safe standing - but none have yet come to fruition. United’s support is such that Old Trafford could easily fill another 10,000 seats and still sell out every match. Safe standing areas - and the availability of more affordable tickets - would likely be a welcome boost to Old Trafford’s sometimes lackluster atmosphere as well.
The big man is (almost) back! Zlatan Ibrahimović is set to step up his recovery efforts by returning to Carrington full-time to work on his comeback. Ibrahimović is still penciled in for a January return to the team, but a daily presence at United’s training facilities under supervision of their staff would be a sign that the striker is entering the final stages of his recovery. Can’t wait to see him back on the training pitch threatening to karate kick Phil Jones again.
Most of us assumed that Romelu Lukaku’s injury that he picked up right as he reported for international duty with Belgium was more of an “injury” than an injury. But it seems he might actually have a problem that puts his involvement for the match away at Anfield after the international break in jeopardy. Belgium manager and total charlatan Roberto Martínez said that Lukaku has been training separately and is not expected to face Bosnia on Saturday. Given that Belgium has already qualified for the World Cup, let’s hope that everyone shows some common sense and that Lukaku isn’t risked.