Manchester United star Juan Mata has declared that he is delighted for his teammate Radamel Falcao after the Colombian international struck his second goal in a Man Utd shirt at the weekend.
Falcao has struggled with fitness since joining the Old Trafford club on a shock season long loan on transfer deadline day.
He has not reached the heights that he achieved prior to the injury he suffered last season while playing for AS Monaco, a blow that saw him miss out on the World Cup in Brazil as a result.
Falcao had only scored one goal prior to the clash with Aston Villa on Saturday.
His excellent header drew the game level after Villa had gone ahead through Christian Benteke in the first half.
Villa had Gabriel Agbonlahor sent off after Man Utd equalised, but the Red Devils were not able to make it a seventh win in a row.
Despite that disappointment, Mata has declared how happy he is at Falcao’s goal on his official blog.
He wrote: “We were able to tie the game thanks to Radamel’s header.
“I’m very happy for him, I think he deserved it because he works hard every day – and at the end of the game, despite Aston Villa were playing with ten men, we couldn’t score the second goal.”
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has admitted that he is powerless to keep hold of Fabian Delph, with interest from Liverpool offering the England international a possible route out of Villa Park.
The former Leeds United star, who came through the club’s famous Thorp Arch academy, starred as Villa managed a 1-1 draw against Manchester United at the weekend, despite falling to ten men.
Delph reminded the Villa faithful of what they missed during his absence due to injury.
Prior to that injury, Delph’s excellent form in the Premier League for Villa earned him a call up to Roy Hodgson’s England side.
Delph’s contract with Aston Villa runs out at the end of the season, and as a result, he could move in January for a cut price fee or see out the rest of his deal and move on a bosman in the summer.
Lambert has admitted that Delph holds the cards, telling the press: “This is a brilliant club regardless what football you’re playing. [Delph has] been fantastic for me the three years I’ve been here.
“They’re in their last year and from experience when you get into the Bosman ruling you hold that card.
“I’m delighted with the way they’re playing. Whether they’re in their last year or have ten years to go those lads are right behind the football club at the minute.”
Fabian Delph is one of the most underrated midfielders in the Premier League. A move to Liverpool would suit him to a tee, and it is difficult to see Villa holding onto him.
Arsenal could lose striker Yaya Sanogo on loan in January, with a series of Premier League sides sniffing around his signature.
The French ace has failed to find a place in the first team for the Gunners since the start of the season, and with both Danny Welbeck and Olivier Giroud ahead of him in the pecking order, that situation is unlikely to change any time soon.
As a result, Sanogo is set to move out on loan for the rest of the season in order to gain some valuable first team experience.
The likes of Aston Villa, Sunderland and Crystal Palace have all been linked with a move for the 21 year old in January.
However, they might have to compete with other sides across Europe if they want to sign him, with others likely to be put on alert by his availability, according to the Daily Star.
Sanogo has scored only one competitive goal for Arsenal since joining them last season, against Borussia Dortmund.
There is something there with Sanogo but he needs first team experience. Joining a Premier League side would be a better option than sending him back to Europe for another six months.