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Man United want to sign Argentine midfielder from Lazio

Man United will target Lazio midfielder Lucas Biglia in the summer after failing to land him during last month's winter window.

Would Biglia fit into Man United's midfield? Credit: Reuters

The 29 year-old, pictured above playing for Argentina against Portugal at Old Trafford last year, would cost the Red Devils somewhere around £8m, according to the Mirror.

Louis van Gaal registered United's interest last month but the Serie A outfit were reluctant for Biglia to depart midway through the season.

The midfielder featured for Argentina at last summer's World Cup, and impressed Van Gaal as he helped eliminate the Orange Army at the semi-final stage.

Van Gaal: Confidence sky high at Man United

Manager Louis van Gaal thinks Manchester United are finally starting to get their swagger back.

Van Gaal troops are on course for a top four finish. Credit: PA

United face Swansea on Saturday for the first time since they ruined Van Gaal's debut in the home dugout at Old Trafford six months ago.

The Red Devils went into the opening weekend of the season on the back of a perfect pre-season campaign in which they beat the Los Angeles Galaxy, Inter Milan, Roma, Real Madrid, Liverpool and Valencia.

I think that the confidence at this moment is the same as (after the tour). When you see the scores of the last 19 or 20 matches we are the best team in the league, so that is why I think confidence is also high like it was at the beginning.

The players know and have experience of playing in the system with my philosophy.

– Man United manager Louis van Gaal

Team news: Man United striker ready for Swansea

Robin van Persie is fit. Credit: PA

Striker Robin van Persie is ready to face Swansea after returning from injury.

Van Persie sat out the 3-1 win over Preston on Monday due to an unspecified injury but he is available for the game at the Liberty Stadium, manager Louis van Gaal confirmed.

Centre-half Phil Jones has overcome his knee problem and is also available for selection but midfielder Michael Carrick is out.

Provisional squad: De Gea, Lindegaard, Valdes, Shaw, Blackett, Rojo, Smalling, Evans, Jones, McNair, Rafael, Pereira, Young, Blind, Fellaini, Herrera, Valencia, Januzaj, Di Maria, Mata, Falcao, Rooney, Van Persie, Wilson.

Monk: Man United can mix up their play

Garry Monk, right, says Manchester United aren't all bad. Credit: PA

Swansea manager Garry Monk has praised "adaptable" Louis van Gaal ahead of Manchester United's visit to the Liberty Stadium.

Van Gaal's tactics have often been criticised during his Old Trafford tenure and his team were dubbed "long-ball United" by West Ham manager Sam Allardyce after the recent 1-1 draw between the two sides at Upton Park.

I watched that game and I think the long balls I saw were in the last five minutes, which quite rightly they used to their strength with Fellaini in a forward position.

There's no problem with that whatsoever. It actually shows good strength that they can be adaptable.

I understand what was said but in this game nowadays you have to be adaptable.

You can't just have one set way of playing and I think Manchester United have done that well this season.

They've got fantastic players and play fantastic football, they can mix it up and that's what a good team can do.

They can adapt their style for any given moment or period of the game and that was the case against West Ham.

– Garry Monk


Preston keeper: Man United striker apologised over pen

Wayne Rooney scored the penalty. Credit: PA

Preston goalkeeper Thorsten Stuckmann says Wayne Rooney apologised after the Manchester United striker won a debatable penalty in their FA Cup tie.

Rooney was accused of diving after winning the penalty, which saw him hurdle the goalkeeper, but make no contact.

"After the game Rooney told me: 'Sorry, it was my chance to get a penalty. I had to use that'," Stuckmann is quoted as saying in The Sun.

Hodgson defends Man United striker Rooney over 'dive'

England boss Roy Hodgson has defended Wayne Rooney after the Manchester United striker was accused of diving.

Rooney earned a penalty after leaping over the Preston goalkeeper on Monday night, but Hodgson says the England skipper was being clever to avoid impact.

Wayne Rooney scored from the spot. Credit: PA

When asked whether Rooney had dived, Hodgson said: "Not for me. I just think he was taking evasive action.

"If you are a referee in the run of play without replays I don't think any of us would have said it is not a penalty.

"The goalkeeper has gone with both feet. Wayne has touched it past him."

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