Exciting news for Manchester United. No, Phil Jones isn’t leaving the club. No, Chris Smalling isn’t leaving the club. No, Matteo Darmian isn’t leaving the club. No, Marouane Fellaini isn’t leaving the club. No, Ed Woodward isn’t leaving the club. No, the Glazers aren’t leaving the club. No, the Glazers aren’t going to put a pound of their own money into the club. OK, so it’s not the most exciting, positive news that could have been delivered. But it’s something, possibly. Everton aren’t the only club that are in for United’s central defender Marcos Rojo. Paris Saint-Germain and Zenit St Petersburg are also interested.
While Smalling is still with us, we can hope that he at least stays fit for when he is needed. To that end, we can all be thrilled that he is adopting a brilliant new diet that should change all our lives in the end. He is a vegan! While the health benefits of such a diet are mixed, let’s not pretend as we hurtle towards destroying the earth with greenhouse gasses and assorted pollution, that we’re all basically going to have to give up beef and milk anyway. That will make for a delightful existence: watching Smalling playing for United while dipping a kale crisp into some hummus.
According to this, Chelsea will beat United to the signature of Mateo Kovacic, the Real Madrid midfielder. He’s reportedly expressed his distaste for the way Mourinho plays football, so this might not be any surprise. It would also be a surprise if United actually signed someone good, given the bozo in charge of transfers anyway.
And lastly, there is praise in a few places for Juan Mata’s Common Goal charity, which is celebrating a year’s anniversary, and there’s a report on some of the headway made so far.