Manchester United Transfer News: Zaha To Undergo Medical In The Next 48 Hours. Wanyama To Follow In The Summer?
As had been expected, Manchester United have finally secured the services of Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha for a fee believed to be around £15 million.
The talented youngster is to undergo a medical at the club in the next 48 hours and if all is well he will put pen to paper on a five and a half year contract with United.
Sir Alex Ferguson has beaten the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea in the race to sign Zaha who earned his first England cap in November.
As part of the deal, the 20-year-old will be immediately loaned back to Palace for the rest of the season as they try to win promotion to the Premier League from the Championship.
Zaha has scored 15 goals in 124 appearances for The Eagles and will join other young England players such as Danny Wellbeck, Tom Cleverley, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling as Ferguson puts together the next generation at Old Trafford.
Having come up through the ranks at Selhurst Park, Zaha has impressed over the last 18 months and gained widespread acknowledgement when he was awarded the Football League Player Of The Year title in 2012.
The F.A. Cup rolls around again as the world’s oldest football competition reaches the 4th Round stage. The usual mix of mouth-watering ties and possible upsets will dominate the pre-match build up as those left in the draw aim to take one step closer to the end-of-season Wembley showpiece.
Here are five games to watch that epitomise everything the F.A. Cup is about:
Millwall vs Aston Villa
Southampton vs. Everton Recap And Analysis: Saints And Toffees Firing Blanks In Pochettino's First Game
Everton’s second successive 0-0 draw sees their chances of making the coveted 4th place in the Premier League seem an increasingly fleeting pipe dream.
After last weekend’s toothless home stalemate with Swansea City, the Toffees followed that up with an even more baffling performance at St.Mary’s against Southampton.
The Saints certainly showed no signs of a hangover brought on by the departure of Nigel Adkins, indeed their showing was full of zip and vigour as they looked like the side going for European qualification.
Everton on the other hand looked nervous, frightened and severely low on confidence, as if they were the ones living in fear of relegation.
Mauricio Pochettino’s first game in charge of Southampton couldn’t have gone any better for him as his players showed fight, determination and no shortage of class as they outplayed the supposedly superior Blues. The only thing their possession and pressure didn’t realise was the goal they fully deserved to give them the three points.
Another crucial weekend in the English Premier League has passed with incidents and talking points galore.
Which managers make the list of winners and losers this week?
Andre Villas-Boas (Tottenham Hotspur)
The award of winner for this week doesn’t go to AVB simply for his side’s performance against Manchester United. The former Porto and Chelsea boss has been under pressure from day one at White Hart Lane and in the early days of his reign the doubters amongst fans and the media were waiting for him to slip up. Gradually however, as the season has progressed, the Spurs players have bought into his management style and the team is now reaping the benefits of playing as a united force. Sunday’s fightback against Sir Alex Ferguson’s league leaders demonstrated a resilience and belief that everyone is pulling in the same direction in their fight for a top four place. Something not always so obvious at Tottenham.
Brendan Rodgers (Liverpool)
Real Sociedad have the dubious honour of welcoming the mighty Barcelona to San Sebastian on Saturday seeking revenge for a 5-1 mauling at the Nou Camp back in August.
The Catalans go to the Basque region with a commanding nine point lead at the head of La Liga as both Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid trail in their wake.
Sociedad, who currently finds themselves in a respectable ninth place in the standings, have the unenviable task of not only trying to halt Barcelona’s 12 match winning streak in league football, but also to inflict their first domestic defeat of the season.
The hosts’ recent form has seen them hard to beat. They gave Real Madrid a scare when bravely going down 4-3 on January 6, but that is their only reverse since November 4, although they have become draw specialists of late with five in the last eight games.
Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova saw his side let a lead slip in midweek when they were held by Malaga in the Copa del Rey quarter final first leg, and his opposite number, Phillipe Montanier will be hopeful Vilanova’s men will be in a similar generous mood at the Anoeta Stadium.