News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley is a major doubt for their derby clash with Manchester City on Sunday. The young Englishman limped off in United’s defeat to CFR Cluj on Wednesday evening with a suspected calf strain.
United boss Sir Alex Ferguson conceded the injury looks to be bad news for the 23-year-old who looks likely to miss out this weekend.
"We will assess Tom in the morning. He felt his calf a little but it is not good news.”
The manager also stated he felt satisfied with his young team’s performance in their final Champion’s League group game, despite losing 1-0.
Ferguson opted to rest a number of his senior players in order to give some of his youngsters the experience of playing in the Champion’s League and said he had "achieved what we wanted to achieve without the win".
Meanwhile, Wayne Rooney has expressed his belief that United can take all three points off City this weekend. The striker described the “massive game” as big test of his side’s “belief and confidence,” boosted by their thrilling 4-3 victory over Reading last weekend.
His manager also spoke about the imminent fixture. Ferguson insisted that victory over City on Sunday would be one of United’s best ever results, under his tenure but conceded that it would not be easy.
"If we win, it will be one of our best ever results because they're a really good, powerful team with massive players. It won't be easy."
The club is also poised to announce its plans to tour Australia next summer in a deal that could be worth up to £2 million per game against a number of A-League teams.
Whilst reports in Australia have emerged, the club have yet to officially confirm the tour.
In betting odds, Paddy Power is offering a money-back special on Robin van Persie, which would see the bookmakers refund losing bets (on certain markets) if the Dutchman scores on Sunday.
In transfer news, Sunday’s derby isn’t the only duel between the two Manchester giants. United are expected to go head to head with City in the race to sign Fernandinho from Shakhtar Donetsk.
The Brazilian midfield maestro has impressed in the Champion’s League this season and the 27-year-old has reportedly expressed his interest in moving to the Premier League.
And finally, the young United duo Jesse Lingard and Michael Keane are set to extend their loan spells at Leicester City. Both 19 year olds will remain at the King Power Stadium until January at the earliest.
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