The Hard Tackle takes a look at some of the key stories doing the rounds pertaining to Manchester United.
Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has backed teammate Paul Pogba to fulfil his potential and justify his world record transfer fee.
The Red Devils looked close their best at the Liberty stadium, producing a a dominant team display on the road to secure the three points.
It looks like the Portuguese boss is finally ready to take action and shape the Red Devils squad in his own image.
In a fascinating turn of events, PSG midfielder Marco Verratti has been linked to Manchester United with an asking price of a staggering €100 million. While the Italian is a promising prospect, a valuation as high as that may put off United manager Jose Mourinho.
Michael Carrick has extended his stay at Manchester United by one more year, the club confirmed on Thursday.
Armenian playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan has reportedly refused to sign a new deal at Borussia Dortmund, which has put Premier League club Chelsea FC on alert.
Manchester United have been plagued by injuries in the past few months and, without having brought in any players in the January transfer window, they face tough times ahead. Their first test being a battle against Stoke City at home.
Veteran Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick returns to the team after four games out, which means that Van Gaal has options other than the frustrating Marouane Fellaini in the holding midfield position for the club's FA Cup fixture against Derby County.
Louis van Gaal finally has something to be happy about, as Manchester United finally beat Swansea 2-1 to end their losing streak, and he took a dig at the Swans after the game, admitting to trolling them with his late substitution.