Manchester United News: Grimaldo, Rooney

Grimaldo Watched By Manchester United

Alex Grimaldo Barcelona transfer
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Manchester United scouts are keeping tabs on Benfica full-back Alex Grimaldo. The 21-year-old former Barcelona player was watched by scouts from Old Trafford as he scored an injury-time free-kick in the 4-0 victory over Feirense on Sunday.

United scouts were also present last month at Benfica’s Champions League game with Besiktas. At the time Grimaldo was being linked with Arsenal who showed an interest in the Spain Under-21 international when he was with Barcelona but who passed up the chance to sign him.

Grimaldo only moved to Benfica from Barcelona at the beginning of January this year in a deal worth €1.5million – just over £1million. But the Portugese champions inserted a release clause worth £51million in to Grimaldo’s contract with the club.

Manchester United will look for a significant discount should they make a move but Benfica will hold out for a hefty gee.

According to the Daily Mail, Juventus, Valencia and Middlesbrough are also monitoring Grimaldo.

Rooney’s Time Is Up?

Wayne Rooney’s time with Manchester United is coming to an end after he started a third consecutive game on the substitutes’ bench. That’s the verdict of the Daily Mirror after the United skipper wasn’t used until the 67th minute when he replaced Juan Mata in the side’s 1-1 draw with Stoke City at Old Trafford.

The Mirror claims that Jose Mourinho has done what David Moyes and Louis van Gaal were both too weak to do and bench a player whose best days are clearly behind him.

Juan Mata’s place had always been considered to be most at risk under Mourinho’s management with Rooney set to take the Spaniard’s place in midfield. But Mata started and Rooney began the game on the bench in what appears to be Mourinho’s favoured selection. The Mirror claims Mata was only replaced yesterday when he began to tire.

United’s disappointing result leaves them in sixth place in the Premier League table though Manchester City’s defeat at Tottenham Hotspur means the gap between the two Manchester clubs is down to five points.