A round-up of stories relating to Manchester United over the past 24 hours.
Michael Carrick has spoken of his delight in being involved with the England set-up once again after being called up into Roy Hodgson’s squad for the upcoming games against San Marino and Poland. 31-year-old Carrick has won 24 caps since making his debut in 2001 and remarked that he believes he can still contribute to the national team and hopes that he will remain in Roy Hodgson’s plans.
Fellow England call-up Tom Cleverley has told club magazine Inside United that he is enjoying playing in the same side as Shinji Kagawa: ‘I’ve really enjoyed playing with Shinji. He’s really on my wavelength when it comes to playing one and two-touch football’. And Cleverley has praised new signings Robin Van Persie and Nick Powell and he describes the latter as ‘one for the future’.
Roy Hodgson has apologised in today’s press conference announcing the England squad for comments he made regarding Rio Ferdinand to fellow tube travellers. Hodgson reportedly disclosed to commuters that Ferdinand was unlikely to feature in his England squad and that the Manchester United defender had ‘reached the end of the road’ in his international career. Whilst Hodgson withdrew his comments made on the tube, he underlined that the reasons he had not previously selected Rio Ferdinand still held true in his non-selection for the current squad.
Patrice Evra has warned fans not to discount Wayne Rooney amidst all the acclaim for Robin Van Persie: ‘A lot of people are talking about Robin and how unbelievable he has been since he came to the club. Wazza [Rooney] is a good player; he will show that to everyone. When someone new comes, everyone is excited and forgets the old things.’ And Evra added that the strength of United’s attack runs through to Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck as well as Van Persie and Rooney.
Italy-based TuttoMercato believe Real Madrid are interested in signing United striker Javier Hernandez. Hernandez has fallen down the pecking order at the club following Robin Van Persie’s arrival and has only made one start this season in the Premier League. A move to Spanish Champions Real Madrid could offer the 24-year-old Mexican more opportunities to play and United could be prepared to sell following speculation about Robert Lewandowski.
Blackpool manager Ian Holloway has warned United that they will not be able to cheaply acquire Thomas Ince. Ince is the top goal scorer for Blackpool this season and his father, and former United player, Paul Ince has been reportedly favouring a deal for his son to move to Old Trafford. But Holloway believes Ince is at a similar level to Arsenal wingers Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and is not prepared to let his star player leave without appropriate compensation. For our take on the Ince situation and the Sneijder rumours click here.
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