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Manchester United 'join Arsenal in race for Benfica winger Andrija Zivkovic'

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Manchester United have joined Arsenal in the race for Benfica winger Andrija Zivkovic.

That is according to TransferMarketWeb, who say the Red Devils are ready to rival the Gunners for the 21-year-old's signature.

Zivkovic has courted attention from some of Europe's biggest clubs having broken on to the scene with Partizan Belgrade aged just 17.

He has played 42 times for Benfica over the last 18 months and won the Under-20 World Cup with Serbia in the summer of 2016.

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Rojo ready to ease United's defensive woes

Marcos Rojo has told Jose Mourinho he is ready to return full-time for Manchester United and restore their stability at the back.

Rojo is in line for a recall for Saturday's FA Cup fifth-round tie away to Huddersfield, with fellow defensive duo Chris Smalling and Phil Jones facing the axe after a series of below-par displays.

The Argentina international has been used sparingly by Mourinho since making his return in November following a seven-month lay-off with a cruciate knee ligament injury.

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But Rojo, who has helped the Old Trafford giants — who have the top-flight's best defensive record largely thanks to keeper David de Gea — keep clean sheets in his last three appearances, says he is now fully fit and ready for a sustained run in the starting XI.

"I'm feeling 100 per cent and I'm happy with my previous performances,” he said.

“They've been at a high level and I'm happy with my physical level, too. It's about getting minutes under my belt and continuing to play."

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Lindelof sends message to Mourinho

Victor Lindelof has urged Jose Mourinho to play him at centre-back in the coming weeks.

The Swede has struggled for regular game time in the Premier League following his £31m move from Benfica last summer.

But he will be hoping to get a run in the side given Chris Smalling and Phil Jones' dip in form, reports the Manchester Evening News.

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"I can play right back, I played there when I was younger," he told HCL Technologies in a Twitter question and answer.

"But, the last couple of years I have played centre back and I feel most comfortable as a centre back but I can play in many positions and will play wherever the boss wants me to play but I prefer to play centre back."

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