Here are the Manchester United evening headlines on Monday, February 8.
Centre-back being eyed
Manchester United are monitoring transfer targets with a view to adding to their central defence options in the summer window.
The MEN understands United are willing to spend a significant fee on a new centre-back or a forward once the season is over, depending of how things go between now and the campaign’s conclusion.
Last summer, United prioritised a move for Jadon Sancho, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wanting a right-sided attacker, but a move for the Borussia Dortmund man never materialised.
Solskjaer is a big fan of Kalidou Koulibaly, but the Napoli defender turns 30 in June and may be deemed too old, with the United boss preferring a long-term investment.
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Bailly and Pogba updates
Manchester United defender Eric Bailly could return to action on Tuesday night against West Ham in the FA Cup fifth round.
Bailly has not been involved since suffering a knock against Fulham a few weeks ago, but could make a return for United tomorrow evening.
However, Paul Pogba is likely to be sidelined after the France midfielder pulled up in his side’s 3-3 draw with Everton on Saturday.
“With Paul and Eric, I’m not sure if they’re going to be fit,” Solskjaer said. “I think Eric is closer than Paul.
“Of course, I think about if [Maguire] needs a rest. If he physically can’t keep going and going.
“Then, the nature of a centre-back position is a different position compared to full-backs or wide men or even centre midfielders, or any other position on the pitch. The centre-backs are the ones that you’re protecting mostly from the real fatigue because you’re working less.
“Then again, he’s never injured, Harry. He’s never been really badly hurt – touch wood – and hopefully he’ll be able to carry on.
“But, yeah, I’m not sure if he’ll play on Tuesday or not. I’ve not decided yet.”
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How Henderson is reacting to bench role
Dean Henderson has been David De Gea’s understudy so far this season and Solskjaer has admitted that the Manchester United goalkeeper is not the most patient of players to manage.
Henderson has played 10 times this season after returning from his two-year loan spell at Sheffield United at the start of the campaign.
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Manchester United smashed nine goals past Southampton on Tuesday night as they bounced back from disappointing results against Sheffield United and Arsenal in emphatic fashion.
The game was effectively over as a contest inside the first two minutes as Southampton were reduced to 10 men, but United still had to find the goals and they did exactly that, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Marcus Rashford, Edinson Cavani, Anthony Martial (two), Scott McTominay, Bruno Fernandes and Daniel James all getting on the scoresheet.
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The majority of the goalkeeper’s appearances have come in the cup competitions, with De Gea being Solskjaer’s man in the Premier League.
However, the Spaniard’s performance at the weekend against Everton has put even more pressure on his position.
Henderson is itching to get out on the pitch for his team as the United boss confirmed, saying: “Dean has done very well when he’s got the chance and he’s matured. For me, he’s developed his game.
“I know he’s not played as many games as he would’ve done last season, but you see every game when he plays and in training his improvement, working hard on a couple of aspects that we’ve spoken about with him. I’ve been impressed with his attitude and work-rate.
“Of course he’s, how to say… he’s not the most patient guy. He wants to play every game because he knows that he’ll perform well, so long may it continue because he’s improved since he’s come here.”