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BBC Sport: In Manchester United’s absence from the Champions League, club executives are looking into ways to make extra money. According to reports, the club has given an idea to play mid-week friendlies, possibly in either the United States or Asia, in a way to make up the lost cash from not playing in Europe. A interesting topic to discuss, as traditionalists will vouch that playing meaningless games can be more harmful then good. If United does go through with this plan, it’s unknown what kind of players they would use. Full starters or mostly backups with a sprinkle of starters?
Squawka: It’s a pretty amazing feat for a 15-year old to ever get called up to a national, let alone for a grouping for matches of this importance. But, why is this important for Manchester United fans? This past transfer window, according to reports, Manchester United tried very heavily to pursue to sign him. Odegaard is one of the premier prospects in football and a player Manchester United will not give up on signing in the near future.
Bloomberg: Dan Altman examines how wise was Louis Van Gaal in the transfer window and if the club should have build defence first, and then build it’s way up to the forwards? With the glaring weakness on defence in the recent weeks there seems to be a case. Altman cites Dutch legend Ruud Gullit as those who believe Van Gaal got it all wrong, saying United starting building a house “starting with the roof”.
101 Goals: Former United winger Nani, playing on loan at Sporting Lisbon, spoke to the media after a 0-1 loss to Chelsea in the Champions League, says he is still a “Manchester United player”. By all accounts, he’s right, but to me this sounds like Nani wants to get back to his elite levels and give it another chance to impress Van Gaal next summer.
ITV: Before anyone even thought United could pull off a move to sign either Angel Di Maria or Radamel Falcao, the big name in the transfer rumour mill was Mats Hummels. With the United defence looking as a weak spot, you could bet the Hummels rumours will only increase in the coming months. However, according to Hummels, he is happy at Dortmund and doesn’t plan on leaving anytime soon.