Manchester United


By Tom Finn

Manchester United target Mats Hummels and the rest of Jürgen Kloop’s team will spend the Christmas break in the bottom two of the Bundesliga following a 2-1 defeat at Werder Bremen leading to speculation as to not only Hummels future but that of manager Jürgen Klopp as well.

The 26-year old Hummels is on United manager Louis van Gaal’s January hit list with the Dutchman knowing it will cost around £45 million to sign the central defender.

Hummels who won last summer’s World Cup with the German national team is quoted in the Daily Mirror as saying after the loss: “We’ve managed pretty well at home in recent weeks, but not at all away.

“It’s pretty astonishing that we are so pathetic.”

Meanwhile manager Klopp who has led Dortmund to the last 16 of the Champions League cannot explain the team’s bad away form that has seen them with only 15 points after 17 league games.

Klopp said: “It was just a reflection of our whole season so far.

“We had a very poor first half. It follows suit that we are standing here like total idiots.”

But Klopp, who has been linked in the past and more recently with Liverpool said they would not quit.

He added: “I am totally responsible and I am not just going to throw in the towel. We are going to put right what we’ve done wrong.”