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A round-up of news, views and gossip relating to Manchester United over the past 24 hours.

Javier Hernandez scored for Mexico last night in a 5-0 World Cup qualifying win over Guyana. However it was not before he missed his second penalty of the season, hitting the crossbar from the spot. Like against Wigan, he made up for it by scoring in the second half in a comprehensive win for the away side. You can watch the goal here.

He wasn't the only United striker to get on the scoresheet last night, with Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck bagging two each in 5-0 demolition of San Marino. Tom Cleverley and Michael Carrick also played a part, and you can view our player ratings here.

Steven Gerrard is expected to retain the England captaincy, but Rooney said he enjoyed the responsibility so much that he wants it full time when the position becomes vacant.

Shinji Kagawa also played a key role in Japan's 1-0 win over France, instrumental in the sides' 88th minute winner at the Stade de France. He tried to play down the victory, adding it didn't mean anything as it was just a friendly, despite being happy with the win. Speaking in France, Kagawa also said that PSG were never a consideration for him, and even Barcelona or Real Madrid were never in his plans.

Both Ashley Young and Chris Smalling are being tipped to return to the United first team for their next Premier League clash against Stoke. Smalling has not played yet this season, while Young last featured against Fulham in August, but both are making excellent progress with their recoveries from injuries and are back in training.

Today on HITC Sport we take a look at United target Thomas Ince, linked with the Red Devils this week, and list five reasons why Sir Alex Ferguson should sign the Blackpool winger in January.

Mikael Silvestre is also back training at United in a bid to win a new contract with a Premier League club. We take a look at four possible destinations for the Frenchman.

And finally, United's under-18 side got one over on Tottenham, beating them 3-1 earlier today. Spurs took a 1-0 lead, but goals from Kenji Gorre and the prolific James Wilson carried the Red Devils to a 3-1 win.

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