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Papers: Manchester United, Torres and Chelsea
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Van Gaal ready to offer De Gea if he can get Bale

IF Gareth Bale is feeling a little underappreciated after getting stick from the Real Madrid fans this season, he needn't worry - according to the Daily Star, Louis van Gaal is ready to rescue him from his torment and bring him to Old Trafford.

He's even prepared to offer David de Gea as a counterweight. It would be quite sacrifice to let De Gea go but United are to be confident they can sign Bale.

Meanwhile Ashley Young says United will go for the kill when they head to Liverpool on Sunday.

After beating Tottenham last weekend, United have a chance to further strengthen their grip on fourth when they face their old rivals at Anfield.

A draw would be enough to keep United two points ahead of fifth-placed Liverpool, but Young knows victory would put further daylight between the two teams, who both have nine matches left.

"We will go there looking for the three points," the United winger said.

"We are going there to win, you don't go to a place to try and draw. The performance against Tottenham was brilliant but we have a tough game coming up at Liverpool.

“We have got to dust ourselves down in the right way and go for the three points again."

Questions had been raised about Louis van Gaal's team selection and tactics in the wake of United's FA Cup exit to Arsenal, but everything fell into place last weekend as United put on by far their best performance of the season.

Young thinks United will therefore go into Sunday's game in high spirits, but he insists confidence in the camp has never been a problem this season despite a number of uninspiring team displays.

He said: "Morale has always been high. Confidence has always been there too.

"We were obviously disappointed after the Arsenal game. I said afterwards that it will show how our team spirit and character is with how we bounce back.

"I think if you look at the first 45 minutes (against Spurs) then that was exactly the right way to bounce back."

Young praised Van Gaal's methods, insisting some players had improved under the Dutchman's stewardship.

He is undoubtedly one of them. The 29-year-old was expected to leave Old Trafford last summer, but he has been one of the best outfield players in the squad this season.



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Marouane Fellaini is another player who seems to be improving under Van Gaal.

Fellaini was heavily criticised during David Moyes' reign, but the big Belgian has earned plaudits for his performances in the no.10 role of late.

"He has been very important for us. He has been in the team and when he is in the box, I'm not sure many teams can handle him," Young said of the £27.5million midfielder.

"You saw (against Tottenham) that he was fantastic at getting in the box and looking like a striker at times.

"I think he likes playing in that position. We just have to utilise his strengths and I think we did that really well on Sunday.

"I think last season was difficult for a lot of people and this season is totally different."

Torres: Champions League glory is what I wanted

 

FERNANDO Torres celebrated Atletico Madrid’s Champions League win over Bayer Leverkusen - and revelled in the atmosphere at the Calderon.

Torres was a second-half substitute as the Spanish champions dispatched the Bundesliga side on penalties, El Nino netting a decisive kick before Stefan Kiessling’s missed effort but Atleti through.

Having returned to Vicente Calderon in January, Torres said after the match that occasions like this are what brought him back to his first club.

“I’m happy, happy to see the stadium enjoy itself. I really wanted to experience these nights at the Calderon,” Torres said to reporters. “The last Champions League match I had here was when I was 11 or 12. To experience it on the pitch is impressive.

“I can only thank the fans. They were cheering until the end. They’re the best in the world. I’ve no doubts I’ll be successful here. It’s unforgettable.

"On top of that there are nights in the Champions League, gifts. It’s better than anything. I wanted to score my penalty for Koke. I stuck with my decision. The goalkeeper went the other way. I knew what I was going to do, inside the post, and it went well.

“We controlled the game, after scoring, but it wasn’t easy. The result isn’t unfair. There’s a lot of luck in penalties."

Chelsea want Real Madrid duo

THE Express, meanwhile, report rumours in Italy that if Bale doesn't fancy Manchester, London is always an option - Chelsea are ready to offer £150million for him and Raphael Varane.

Wolfsburg ready to sell Kevin de Bruyne to United

THE Mirror pick up on reports in Belgium that Wolfsburg are prepared to entertain the idea of selling Kevin de Bruyne to Manchester United - but only if they offer a minimum of 60million euros.

Arsenal looking at West Ham defender

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