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Manchester United Latest Including: Keane And A New Serie A Midfielder Linked

Former Red Devils goalie Peter Schmeichel has been impressed by the performances of Jesse Lingard and Michael Keane. The young duo has caught the eyes of this legendary footballer through their spectacular performances in the pre-season friendlies.

The 49-year old Dane has seen their performances closely during Lingard and Keane’s loan spell at Leicester City last season. By virtue, Peter Schmeichel’s son Kasper Schmeichel is also the first choice under the bar for Leicester City.

And the latest performance by the Red Devils’ duo has completely left the senior Schmeichel mesmerized.

“David Moyes will be pleased in the way that some players have grasped their opportunity,” he told the club’s official website. I’m thinking about Jesse Lingard who is coming home from the tour as top goalscorer.

“He had a very brief stay at Leicester and it didn’t really come off for him but he played for the Reserves again and was the best player in the Reserves squad. Maybe – just maybe – this is his opportunity and this is his year. It’s very interesting and, again, something for David to make a decision about.

“I feel this game against AIK is the last opportunity where he can really have a feel about the team and try out one or two combinations so it’s a big game for David and a big game for the players. Michael Keane had a really good season with Leicester and was very successful with them, Jesse less so, but they can work towards the same goal, having that experience makes players think about the future and which role they can have.

“No doubt about it – Michael is a very, very talented young man and NemanjaVidic not travelling gave him an opportunity but I think, when the whole squad comes together in Stockholm, David will be spoiled for choice and he’s got to find the right combination.”

In other news, Manchester United have targeted Serie A footballer Saphir Taider. The agent of this Algerian international affirmed that the Italian outfit’s reluctance on an improved offer has pushed the forward to try his luck elsewhere.

George Atangana, the agent of Taider told Corriere di Bologna: “I have not heard from Inter but have been in touch with other clubs but told them to speak directly with Bologna.

Saphir spits blood when he plays and works so hard but needs to be treated with the proper respect and I believe in football you should be paid in relation to your performances. He deserves more money and I would not be doing my job properly if I did not ask Bologna to improve his agreement and if a club like Manchester United is interested then you have to give him what he deserves if you want him to stay.

“At the moment, Saphir is not happy.”

Taider signed for Bologna back in 2011 after his club in France, Grenoble suffered from financial irregularities. During the 2011/12 season he made 14 appearances for Bologna, but failed to score a goal. Last season he made a total of 34 appearances, scoring three goals and assisting in a further two.

Manchester United are keeping a close eye on the current situation and Moyes may just propose for the youngster in the next few days.