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New centre-backs are at the top of Louis van Gaal's wish list. That's mainly due to the fact his main options have failed thus far to make a strong claim. At least one of the current trio at the back could well be shown the exit if the manager lands his targets.

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The futures of numerous players are in doubt

The former Chelsea player has said numerous times he has no intention of leaving Bayern Munich. But then again, nothing footballers say can be taken as sacrosanct. His Dutch links and style of play make his a good fit at United.

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United’s readiness to spend underlines the faith the club have in Van Gaal

Manchester United ready to back Louis van Gaal with £100m, with Mats Hummels, Aymeric Laporte Diego Godin and Nathaniel Clyne on wish list

The need for defensive reinforcements has seen the club linked with Dortmund’s Mats Hummels, Aymeric Laporte of Athletic Bilbao, Atletico Madrid’s Diego Godin and Southampton's Nathaniel Clyne

From left to right: Robin van Persie (wearing an afro wig), Anders Lindegard and Marouane Fellaini at the party

Robin van Persie wears Marouane Fellaini-style wig at Manchester United Christmas Party

The players were in high spirits as they celebrate four straight wins

Edinson Cavani (left) and Marco Reus

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It has been reported the pair are January targets for Van Gaal

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Wayne Rooney injury latest: Manchester United captain set to return against Southampton

England striker missed the 2-1 win over Stoke on Tuesday

Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini celebrates his goal against Stoke City on Tuesday night, his first in a competitive match at Old Trafford

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'In the air he is one of the best in the league,' said team-mate Juan Mata

Roy Keane and Sir Alex Ferguson

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Keane's feud with Ferguson has been well documented and the Republic of Ireland assistant manager has answered 'whether they would ever meet for a pint'

Wayne Rooney hurt his knee after colliding with advertising hoardings

Manchester United injury news: Louis van Gaal reveals Wayne Rooney to undergo scan and gives update on Angel di Maria and Daley Blind

Rooney missed the 2-1 victory over Stoke on Tuesday night after hurting his knee in a collision with an advertising hoard on the weekend

Juan Mata and Marcos Rojo celebrate United's second

Manchester United 2 Stoke City 1: 'We are forcing luck because of our fighting spirit,' says Louis van Gaal

Van Gaal also paid tribute to goalkeeper De Gea for crucial late save

Marouane Fellaini scores United's first goal of the game
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