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Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is set miss a further two weeks out with a knee injury. Rooney will miss United’s vital clash with Liverpool, along with United’s imminent FA Cup tie with West Ham United tomorrow.

United have officially confirmed that they will replace their pitch at Old Trafford at the end of the season, amidst health and safety concerns for the players.

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson also revealed his belief that the media will not compromise his side’s chances of success in the way that they have Roberto Mancini’s at rivals Manchester City this week after photos were leaked of a training-ground bust-up between the Italian coach and striker Mario Balotelli.

The manager has also hit out at Tottenham's signing of Zeki Fryers from Standard Liege, who was a United player this time last season and could have earned the club millions at a Premier League tribunal. Ferguson has called for an investigation and wants to register the club's discontent at the matter.

Ferguson also hopes his team can go on a cup run as they prepare for this weekend’s FA Cup third-round.

His comments were echoed by defender Chris Smalling who hopes United can re-claim the Cup they haven’t won in 9 years.

A preview of the West Ham clash can be found here via the Manchester Evening News.

Former England boss Kevin Keegan believes that the PFA Player of the Year award is a two-horse race between United’s Robin van Persie and Liverpool’s Luis Suarez. The Dutchman currently leads with 16 league goals but the Uruguayan is just one behind him on 15.

United defender Rio Ferdinand insists United can win back the league title from City on their own terms and suggested his side would do well to ignore their noisy neighbours who are currently 7 points behind them.

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