A round-up of stories relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
Wayne Rooney expressed his delight in returning to first-team action against Newcastle on Wednesday night and is hoping for more games in the coming weeks as he steps up his return from a deep gash he sustained at the end of August. And the striker revealed that teammate Tom Cleverley received the ‘hairdryer’ treatment from manager Sir Alex Ferguson after a missed goal scoring opportunity in the first-half: ‘The manager wasn’t too pleased about Tom’s miss in the first-half, but he went out and scored a nice goal after that’.
And Tom Cleverley admitted that his manager was not happy with his miss in the first-half of the game against Newcastle but revelled in his delight of scoring his first senior United goal in the second-half in a strike that turned out to be the winning goal: ‘It’s been playing on my mind a little because I’ve always scored when I’ve gone out on loan but I’ve not been doing it for my club and country. I’ve got the first one now and hopefully more will come.’
And Cleverley in turn lauded Darren Fletcher on his first start in ten months. Cleverley believes Fletcher will be an important player for United this season and believes the Scot capable of adding qualities ‘to any squad in the world’.
Darren Fletcher believes Manchester United will relish the games against Chelsea and Arsenal next month. United travel to Chelsea in successive games next month after being drawn against them in the Capital One Cup and will face Arsenal in the Premier League the following weekend. But Fletcher insists that United will welcome such big games and will go to Stamford Bridge for the Capital One Cup tie with the intention of winning.
According to sources in Germany, Manchester United have enquired about Juventus’ Arturo Vidal. The 25-year-old midfielder has been impressive for Juventus with his dynamic and tenacious presence in the midfield and Sir Alex Ferguson views the Chilean midfielder as comparable to Roy Keane. Vidal would however cost Manchester United £40m, with his contract not expiring until 2016 and having joined the club in 2011 from Bayern Leverkusen.
Ryan Tunnicliffe’s senior debut for United against Newcastle on Wednesday night earned his father £10,000. Tunnicliffe’s father made the bet when the midfielder was 9 years old and placed £100 on the 100-1 bet to secure £10,000 ten years later when 19-year-old Tunnicliffe came on as a 77th-minute substitute in front of an Old Trafford crowd.
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