Manchester United ‘step up interest in Tottenham star’

Manchester United have stepped up their interest in Tottenham left-back Danny Rose.

That is according to The Guardian, who say Jose Mourinho is determined to upgrade in both full-back roles over the summer.

Rose has had trouble with injuries over the last year, which scuppered any potential January move from United for the England international, and spoke of his discontent with the club’s transfer dealings last summer.

Tottenham supremo Daniel Levy has a reputation as a tough negotiator but Spurs did sell Kyle Walker to Manchester City last summer for £53million.

Rose, who is under contract until 2021, would likely command a similar fee.

Van Persie hints at retirement

Premier League winner Robin van Persie has hinted he’s close to retiring, admitting he has to be ‘honest’ with himself.

The 34-year-old won the title with Manchester United and is now enjoying what appears to be a swansong with first club Feyenoord.

"There will come a moment where I have to be honest with myself — like now," Van Persie told Dutch broadcaster NOS .

"Today with the final, it turned out to be great for everyone, myself included, and I am very happy with that.

"But people don’t see the other side, which is that for the last three weeks, I have been going to bed at 10 p.m. every evening and that I eat the right things at the right time.

"There is a lot that comes with being able to deliver today and sometimes that is a struggle. Sometimes the recovery takes a little longer than I want."

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De Gea sends message to teammates

David de Gea has admitted Manchester United must be more consistent if they are to challenge for the title next season.

De Gea has enjoyed another impressive season with United, keeping 17 clean sheets in Premier League to stand on the brink of winning the Golden Glove for the first time.

But the United goalkeeper acknowledged Jose Mourinho’s side were too inconsistent this season to get anywhere near champions Manchester City and must ensure they address that next term.

Although United have beaten City, Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea this season, dropped points against Stoke, Huddersfield, Leicester, Burnley, Southampton, Newcastle and West Brom ultimately undermined their title challenge.

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