Elegant Young Midfielder Admits He Wanted Out Of Man Utd On Deadline Day

Manchester United’s young midfielder Nick Powell has admitted that he forced through a move on loan to Leicester City on deadline day, with the hope that the switch would allow him to gain significantly more Premier League experience, as reported by the Daily Express.

The 20 year old has joined Leicester City on a loan deal until the end of the season, with Tom Lawrence also moving to the King Power Stadium on a permanent basis.

Despite not being guaranteed a starting place in Leicester City’s line up, Powell is excited to be given an opportunity to prove himself as a Premier League player, having made the switch to Man Utd from Crewe Alexandra during Alex Ferguson’s time in charge of the Old Trafford club.

He said: “I was on to my agent all day and he is probably sick of my voice, but I am glad it is done.

“I tried to push it through with my agent because I wanted regular football, to be more involved in the Premier League, and we thought we would get a better opportunity here.

“I am here to get some experience and improve. I could have gone into the Championship and played week in and week out, but the Premier League is the next step and Leicester have given me that opportunity.

“I have to earn my place in the team first because it isn’t given to you. That is the first step.

“It is a good squad, powerful, pacy, well-structured and organised.

“I am hoping to do well in the Premier League and help Leicester stay up.”

Powell spent last season on loan with Wigan Athletic and failed to impose himself on the first team there. He will be hoping to play a big role in keeping Leicester in the Premier League this year after their promotion.

Liverpool And Arsenal Eye 12 Goal Dutch Dynamo – Reports

Liverpool, Arsenal and Spurs are all interested in Schalke’s Klass-Jan Huntelaar, but the German side are expected to put together a new contract for the Dutch striker before his current deal expires at the end of the season, as reported by the Daily Express.

Huntelaar could have moved to Arsenal on deadline day until Arsene Wenger was informed that Danny Welbeck was available to sign from Manchester United for only £16 million.

Schalke have seen Huntelaar become a key player for the side since his arrival from AC Milan in 2010, and he scored 12 goals in only 18 games for the club in the Bundesliga last season. They are loath to lose him on a free transfer at the end of the season, and are expected to put fresh terms in front of him.

Spurs are also keen on the striker, which is no surprise given their lack of options up front. Liverpool are also thought to be interested, despite the addition of Mario Balotelli.

The 31 year old has yet to decide if his future remains with Schalke, and could make the move to the Premier League, having played for the likes of Ajax and Real Madrid already in his career.

Time To Adapt: Man Utd Veteran Tells Teammates To Get With Manager’s Plan

Manchester United’s star striker Robin van Persie has told his teammates that they need to adapt to Louis van Gaal’s new system, because that is simply their job, as reported by the Daily Star.

Since the introduction of Van Gaal’s 3-5-2, which he used to great success at this summer’s World Cup with the Netherlands, Man Utd have failed to win a single match, losing against Swansea in the league and drawing with both Sunderland and Burnley.

There was also a significant humbling in the League Cup away from home, with Van Gaal’s troops travelling to MK Dons and experiencing  a huge 4-0 defeat.

Van Persie has, however, said that the job of the players is to do what the manager tells them, and that they should start executing his plans to better effect.

Van Persie said: “It’s plain and simple. The manager chooses his tactics.

 

“We, the players, have nothing else to do than to execute what the manager has in his mind.

“Tactics and formation are matters of the manager and his staff, not something the players must get involved in.

“We, the players, have not been educated as coaches. We are players, we play.

“I don’t think we should even want to get involved in tactical discussions.

“Whether it is 4-3-3, 3-5-2, nothing can be an excuse for another defeat. We have to adapt to every manager. There’s not one way or method in football.”

At 31 years old, Van Persie is now one of the more senior players in Man Utd’s side, but could find himself missing out on the first team after the acquisition of Radamel Falcao on deadline day.