Capping what has been a miserable few days for Manchester United, they have had a £2.5m bid for Real Betis youngster Alvaro Vadillo rejected and being told they must up their offer significantly.
Sir Alex Ferguson was hoping that a move for the 17-year-old might be able to boost spirits at Old Trafford after the 6-1 drubbing at home to rivals Manchester City on Sunday.
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It is now thought that United will decide whether to up their offer for the Spanish Under-17 international in a move that would go ahead in January if the two clubs can come to an agreement.
Now that United’s interest is public though, there could be plenty of other top European clubs prepared to make a move for Vadillo who is extremely highly-rated by his club in Spain.
The more immediate future for United sees them take on Aldershot in the Carling Cup this evening though. They will be pleased to have a game so soon after receiving a hammering from City and will be determined to brush past their League Two opponents with very few problems.
The defeat on Sunday was embarrassing for United, defeat this evening would take this to a new level. They simply have to remain focused and get the job done.
Aldershot will be keen to make a game of it though. They are the only team remaining in the Carling Cup from outside the top two divisions and will hope to represent League Two admirably.
United have never been knocked out of this competition from a team in the fourth tier of English football, while they have won this trophy on four occasions.
Looking at the team news, Aldershot will be pleased to have no new injury worries with n-loan striker Adam Smith is set to continue up front.
For the visitors, as expected, they are likely to rest a number of key players. However the likes of Michael Owen, Dimitar Berbatov, Antonio Valencia and Michael Carrick are all expected to feature, so they still have a very strong side taking part in this fourth round tie.
With the home crowd likely to be lively from the start and United hoping to banish some of the bad feeling from the weekend, this should be a fascinating match. It gets underway 7.45pm this evening.