GOOD MORNING UTD FANS
Wayne Rooney reckons Jesse Lingard can battle his way into Manchester United’s starting line-up after his eye-catching West Ham loan spell.
Rooney, 35, told Sky Sports: “Jesse is a fantastic player. He’s done excellent when he went to West Ham on loan and sometimes that’s what kick starts your career again.
“He went through a difficult period and he got through it.
“And his way of getting through it was going on loan, getting back to playing football again and he’s given himself a great chance of getting back in the squad at Manchester United.”
Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid are playing hardball with Manchester United over England defender Kieran Trippier.
The former Tottenham right-back is wanted by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to provide defensive cover at Old Trafford next season.
United are ready to pay around £18million for the ex-Burnley man, 30, but Atletico boss Diego Simeone is in no rush to sell.
So the Old Trafford outfit look like having to raise their offer if they are to land the Bury-born player.
The Spanish champs are still waiting to hear what Trippier wants to do.
And he may need to force the issue if he is to get his dream move back to the Premier League after two years in LaLiga.
And finally, United are getting closer to signing Real Madrid ace Raphael Varane.
That is according to the Manchester Evening News, who report that United are ‘inching closer every day’ towards finalising a deal for Varane.
Talks have been very productive and the centre-back expects to join the Red Devils this summer.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking for a top defender to link up with Harry Maguire at the back.