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Manchester United reportedly chasing Anderlecht starlet

Louis van Gaal reportedly thinks Youri Tielemans can be Manchester United's long-term replacement for Michael Carrick.

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Happy Sunday. Our papers round-up today starts with an intriguing transfer story from the Daily Mail, which is complete with a byline and so shouldn't knowingly be total nonsense. It comes courtesy of Simon Jones, who writes that United are chasing Anderlecht's midfield wonderkid Youri Tielemans.

We won't pretend to have ever seen him play, but Jones helpfully tells us that he "he can play in the holding role or more advanced and has an eye for goal." Doesn't sound like he's seen him play much then, either In the same article, we're told that the Sadio Mané interest will be revived in January, which is just as interesting.

In today's Sunday People, Steve Bates writes that United assistant manager Ryan Giggs has given Mephis Depay a dressing down over his lifestyle. According to the Mirror's online story, "It is understood that Depay was dragged off at half-time against Arsenal for failing to track back and help out an overrun defence. And the mood in the camp after the 3-0 defeat by the Gunners was not helped when it came to light that Depay subsequently went out on the town." Oh dear.

From the same paper, a story on Nick Powell, who is still apparently alive and well living somewhere in the Australian outback. Or that could at least soon be the case, with the youngster rather amusingly described as becoming "disillusioned with football." The 21-year-old is said to be running down his contract at Old Trafford, as it expires in the summer.

And finally, on the appalling official United website we've been given an injury updateBastian Schweinsteiger picked up an injury in warm-up for Germany's defeat to the Republic of Ireland, and though no one yet seems to know quite what the problem is, he's a doubt for the game against Everton. So are Carrick and Wayne Rooney, who have withdrawn from the England squad with groin and ankle problems respectively.

Back to coffee and croissants.