Manchester United are quite literally back in the game over the transfer for Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann. Atletico have reported Barcelona to FIFA over an illegal approach for the French forward. Griezmann’s family have reportedly met with representatives from Barcelona, and it had been expected that a transfer will be formalised over the next month. However, the report, given Barcelona’s recent transfer ban, might mean they ease off the transfer, giving United an in with the World Cup coming. On the other hand, Barcelona might just whack an extra £10m on the fee to make the whole thing go away.
Apparently, Wilfried Zaha would do well if he were playing for Manchester United now. Given he is pretty talented, and with Premier League experience, there’s a reason to think he’d do better than his first spell, but let’s be honest: he’s not good enough for United if they actually want to start winning the league again.
Handsome football writer Alexander Netherton has argued that Louis van Gaal’s player sales weren’t as bad as some, including Jose Mourinho, has made out. The transfers in, with mediocrity like Ander Herrera, Matteo Darmian, Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo and others has been the problem. There needs to be a serious improvement in the quality brought into the club in future transfer windows.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan is in with a chance of playing against Bristol City on Wednesday night. Stripped from most of the recent matchday squads, it appear patience has run out with the talented but inconsistent playmaker. When Paul Pogba is back, perhaps he will occupy his role.
And lastly, Manchester United’s superb medical team, the one that is unable to fix Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Eric Bailly, is also nonplussed over the cause of Marouane Fellaini’s knee injury, with no resolution in sight.