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Manchester United go from Neymar to Brom striker Bera

By Jim Gracey

Manchester United's increasingly chaotic rollercoaster ride through the transfer market last night lurched from the sublime to the ridiculous.

United have gone from an extremely unlikely link with Barcelona's Brazilian star Neymar on Saturday to an underwhelming connection to West Brom's England U23 striker Saido Berahino.

At the same time, rivals Manchester City powered ominously to the top of the Premier League with a third straight win, 2-0 at Everton, while Chelsea returned to form in a 3-2 victory at West Brom, highlighted by an impressive debut by United's one that got away, Pedro.

The downside for Chelsea was a red card for skipper John Terry who started the game despite a raging debate over his future following his substitution in the 3-0 battering by City last week.

But it was the absence from West Brom's side of unsettled Berahino that immediately sparked suggestions of an interest from misfiring United.

Tottenham have been linked most strongly to the £25million rated striker and United have only themselves to blame for being drawn into the speculation after weeks of embarrassing rebuffs, rejection and failure to land a marquee signing for manager Louis van Gaal.

With fans quickly losing faith in United transfer supremo Edward Woodward's ability to deliver, there will be further dismay if a quest that began with a £100m bid to land Gareth Bale from Real Madrid ends with the capture of Berahino from West Brom.

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