Borussia Dortmund have rejected reports that they will allow Mats Hummels to join Manchester United in the summer.
The Daily Mail on Tuesday claimed that Hummels was ready to quit the Westfalenstadion, and was in line to make a £36 million switch to Old Trafford at the end of the season.
The 26-year-old has been a United target for the last two transfer windows, but until now Dortmund have fended off the interest.
While he has not committed to BVB long-term, Hummels has also gone on record several times saying that he does not think about leaving the club he joined as a youngster from Bayern Munich in 2008.
But with the club almost certain to miss out on qualification for the Champions League next season, rumours have been sparked once again. Sources have told ESPN FC that BVB are bracing themselves for offers for Hummels, and could be willing to sell their defender.
According to additional reports in the English press, United boss Louis van Gaal is willing to bid up to €41 million.
And with just two more years left on Hummels' contract, Bild reported that BVB could be willing to sell their star player for around €45 million.
However, speaking to the tabloid, Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc laughed off the speculation.
"According to reports, Manchester United took the gloves off [opened talks] at least 13 times," he said. "Mats is an incredibly important player for us, with whom we continue to plan."
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Marouane Fellaini scooped Manchester United's Man of the Match award in the Reds' 3-1 FA Cup fifth-round win over Preston North End, as voted by @ManUtd followers on Twitter.
The Belgian midfielder once again proved pivotal in turning around the team's fortunes away from home as he continually caused problems in Preston's penalty area, and his persistence paid off when he put the Reds in front in the tie after 72 minutes.
Louis van Gaal was proud of the training ground move that led to the goal. Antonio Valencia found space down the right flank to pull a cross back from the byline, and although Fellaini's downward header forced a parried save from Preston goalkeeper Thorsten Stuckmann, Marouane reacted quickly to jab the ball home from an acute angle.
Fellaini's strike came just seven minutes after Ander Herrera had drawn United level, after Scott Laird's deflected effort put the home side in front. Herrera was equally impressive for the Reds, and in fact finished top in a fan vote on Facebook to name United's star man.
But as Wayne Rooney wrapped up a 3-1 win from the penalty spot to send United marching on in the Cup - as Arsenal wait in the quarter-finals - it was Fellaini who took the official accolade with 55 per cent of votes, ahead of Angel Di Maria (25 per cent) and Valencia (20 per cent).
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Manchester United have signed Andy Kellett from Bolton Wanderers on loan until the end of the season, with Reds defender Saidy Janko going in the opposite direction on the same terms.
Bolton-born Kellett recently returned from a three-month loan spell at Plymouth Argyle, playing 15 games and scoring once during his stay with the League Two side.
The 21-year-old defender is a product of Bolton's youth academy and, to date, has made four senior appearances for Wanderers.
Janko, meanwhile, joined United in September 2013, with his one and only Reds senior appearance coming in the League Cup defeat at MK Dons earlier this season.
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Darren Fletcher has ended his long-standing association with Manchester United after joining West Bromwich Albion on a free transfer in a late deal on transfer deadline day.
The Scottish midfielder signed trainee forms with the Reds in 2000, making his debut three years later as a teenager in United's Champions League meeting with FC Basel at Old Trafford.
The 31-year-old became an integral part of the Reds' squad during 12 years in the team, playing 342 games for the club and scoring 24 goals. His commitment to the United cause was typified by his successful battle with ulcerative colitis later in his Reds career.
Fletcher proved to be a hugely popular player and an influential member of the dressing room, culminating in being made a vice-captain by Louis van Gaal alongside Michael Carrick this season in support of club skipper Wayne Rooney.
Darren leaves Old Trafford with everyone's very best wishes for a successful future.
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Manchester United is delighted to announce that Victor Valdes has signed an 18-month contract with the option to extend for a further year.
Valdes, 32, came through the ranks of the FC Barcelona youth system, making his senior debut in 2002. He went on to win 21 major titles in La Liga. The Spanish international has 20 caps for his national team.
Victor Valdes said: "It is a real honour to sign for Manchester United. I would like to thank Louis van Gaal and the club for allowing me to do my rehabilitation and to train with the team at the Aon Training Complex. From my short time here I can already see this is a very special club. I worked with Louis van Gaal during my time at FC Barcelona and to have the opportunity to work with him here at Manchester United is a dream come true."
Louis van Gaal said: "I am delighted Victor has signed for the club. Victor is a very experienced goalkeeper and his record speaks for itself. I have said on many occasions that Manchester United will always be interested in the best players. Victor has remained very professional throughout his rehabilitation from injury and has been very impressive during his training sessions with the first team over the past weeks. He joins the club as the number two goalkeeper and is a great addition to the first team."
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Goals from Ander Herrera and substitute Angel Di Maria gave Manchester United a hard-fought victory over Yeovil Town in the third round of the FA Cup.
The Spanish midfielder’s brilliant volley in the 64th minute put the Reds ahead on a day when they rarely hit their best form, while Di Maria’s sublime chip over the Yeovil goalkeeper Jed Steer in the last minute of normal time sealed the win.
Herrera had one of the few other clear-cut chances with a shot wide before the break, while James Wilson, one of six changes to the side from the draw at Stoke City on New Year’s Day, had a shot saved in the first half.
United went ahead shortly after Kieffer Moore had missed a great opening to put Yeovil ahead from close range, and Di Maria, a second-half replacement for Radamel Falcao, made a vital goalline clearance within minutes of Herrera’s goal as United held off Yeovil’s concerted attempts at drawing level.
The hosts started strongly, bolstered by their vociferous support, but the Reds soaked up a spell of early pressure from the League One outfit until Wayne Rooney curled United’s first chance of note wide following a neat touch from Wilson.
Rooney’s chance seemed to provoke their opponents into action, Yeovil pressurising the Reds and winning a succession of corners until a lengthy delay following a clash of heads between Paddy McNair and Moore. Both players returned to action after being patched up with extensive bandages, but the match then became disjointed until Wilson, seizing upon a clever pass from Herrera, drove his shot straight at Yeovil’s Steer.
The hosts’ goalkeeper was rarely threatened for the rest of the first half as United struggled to impose themselves on Gary Johnson’s highly committed side. Passes went astray at the crucial moment and shots were charged down until Herrera found enough space with a smart turn before shooting wide. Darren Fletcher stopped a Yeovil attack with a perfectly timed tackle to stop Moore, while Radamel Falcao had claims for a foul by last defender Stephen Arthurworrey ignored by referee Craig Pawson.
Louis van Gaal changed the approach, due to injuries, replacing Luke Shaw and Rafael with Jonny Evans and Juan Mata at half-time to switch to 4-4-2 with Blackett and McNair at left and right-back respectively.
But while the change seemed to stir United when the game resumed, the hosts missed a golden opportunity to go ahead when Moore mis-hit a chance at close range. Evans could not cut out a Sam Foley cross, the ball skimming off the centre-back’s head to Moore but the Yeovil striker, free inside the area, stabbed at the ball and David De Gea saved easily.
Di Maria’s introduction just before the hour mark gave United some much-needed pace as well as width, and, within minutes, they were ahead. Fletcher’s pass was deflected towards Herrera, who was alert enough to latch onto the ball to lash an unstoppable volley past Steer into the top corner of the net.
But despite seeing a Rooney free-kick drift over shortly after, Yeovil did their best to hit back and it was Di Maria who ensured that United stayed ahead. Joe Edwards powered a diving header on target at a corner, but the Argentine stayed at his post on the line to nod the effort away.
De Gea had little to worry about despite the home side’s best efforts, and when Rooney eased the pressure with a fine pass out of defence that allowed Di Maria to close in on Steer before dinking the ball over the keeper, United’s place in the fourth round was assured.
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Wayne Rooney inspired Manchester United to a 3-1 win over Newcastle by scoring twice and setting up another for Robin van Persie, even if Papiss Cisse's late penalty took some of the gloss off a fine day at Old Trafford.
The victory means the Reds are now unbeaten in eight Barclays Premier League matches and have recorded 11 straight wins on Boxing Day. Such a display also suggested Louis van Gaal was right to let his players spend Christmas at home.
The boss made just one change from the XI that started at Aston Villa, with Paddy McNair coming into his three-man defence so Michael Carrick could move back into midfield in place of the benched Darren Fletcher. Angel Di Maria was the only notable absentee from the matchday squad with an injury sustained during the Reds’ final training session.
United began at a lively pace and looked ambitious in the final third, although the first real chance of the game fell to Ayoze Perez, who took a fresh-air shot when presented with a clear view at goal in the 11th minute. Radamel Falcao, starting at Old Trafford for the first time since 5 October, then headed Ashley Young’s right-footed cross just wide of goal.
Moments later, in the 15th minute, Robin van Persie latched onto Wayne Rooney’s lofted pass and slid a low shot into the side-netting after rounding the advancing Magpies goalkeeper, Jak Alnwick. Daryl Janmaat then forced an excellent save from the in-form David De Gea midway through the first half with a rasping drive from around 25 yards, a minute before van Persie ghosted into the area once again to head Young’s in-swinging cross wide of the far post.
United eventually made a breakthrough in the 23rd minute with an excellent counter attack that left fans purring at Old Trafford. Rooney started it off inside his own half with a lovely pass out wide to Juan Mata, whose brilliantly chipped cross was astutely played back across the area by Falcao for Rooney to claim his seventh goal of the season.
The club captain was celebrating once again in the 36th minute when a superb sliding tackle from Falcao allowed Mata to regain possession outside Newcastle’s area, before the diminutive Spaniard slipped an inch-perfect pass through the Magpies defence for Rooney to clip another guided shot past Alnwick.
After the break, van Gaal’s men made a bright start to the second half and extended the lead in the 53rd minute through van Persie, who escaped his marker to nod Rooney’s deliciously lofted pass home in front of a jubilant Stretford End. Newcastle responded by moving up the pitch and almost got one back through 17-year-old Adam Armstrong as his shot flashed wide of De Gea’s far post.
With one eye undoubtedly on Sunday's trip to Tottenham Hotspur, Carrick and Falcao were both withdrawn to standing ovations just after the hour mark with Fletcher and young James Wilson coming on. Rafael da Silva later made his return from injury - and a first appearance since the 1-1 draw with Chelsea on 26 October - in place of Antonio Valencia. Those changes affected the flow of the game and the tempo dropped significantly as the clock ticked on at Old Trafford, where heavy rain fell throughout the second half.
Newcastle pressed forward nonetheless and earned a late penalty with three minutes left when Jack Colback was tripped by Phil Jones, allowing substitute Papiss Cisse to calmly fire into the top-right corner from 12 yards. That riposte did not spark a dramatic comeback, however, and United held on to record another fine Boxing Day win.
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