Insider confirms Man United will only consider selling 28-year-old attacker

Michael Carrick and Phil Jones were also caught on camera leaping up and down and chanting as 's men proved their team spirit has not taken a hit despite the title race appearing to be over in January. Their tally of 47 points is six points more than they had a year ago - a standing that would have seen them eight points off the top at this stage last year, and clear in first place the year before that. Kurt Zouma will also have to play his parts to stop the likes of Lukaku and co. Coventry City outplayed the red-and-whites and progressed to the fourth round of the competition, which only meant the board had enough of poor results.

The manager has now set his sights on wantaway Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, whose move to Manchester City has reportedly boiled off due to the Citizens' disinclination to meet Arsenal's asking price.

This season, Mkhitaryan has scored once and registered five assists in 15 Premier League appearances.

Pep Guardiola is a big admirer of his former Barcelona charge, but is willing to go as high as a £20 million fee and £290,000-a-week for his services. Manchester United host Stoke on Monday and will look to capitalise on any slip-up at Anfield, while Arsenal travel to Bournemouth.

Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has also been linked with the English giants by the Daily Telegraph, but could cost Mourinho at least £35 million (R588 million).

Stoke City Expected XI (4-3-3): Butland (GK); Pieters, Wimmer, Zouma, Edwards; Cameron, Adams, Allen; Chuopo-Moting, Crouch, Shaqiri.

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Jose Mourinho admits Manchester United could decide to sell Henrikh Mkhitaryan during the January transfer window. Ashley Young remains suspended, as he will complete his three-match ban. Fifteen points still separate United and City, however, and the Citizens will have the chance to further stretch that advantage when they travel to Liverpool on Sunday afternoon.

"If it happens, it happens; if it doesn't happen, it doesn't".

United's last Premier League fixture partially ridded them of the woes inflicted in the festive period as they made light work of Everton and they should continue that form into this match. So you are not going to buy a goalkeeper and buy another goalkeeper in the summer.

It is because this match probably comes at the worst possible timing for the Potters.

If United do land the signing of Alexis Sanchez, it is unknown if he would be a replacement for the missed signing of Perisic from last summer, or whether he then makes next summer's transfer activity that little bit easier.

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