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Manchester United latest: Including Rooney return and new sponsorship deals confirmed

News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.

Wayne Rooney looks set to make his return from injury for United in tomorrow evening’s FA Cup replay clash with West Ham. However, Nemanja Vidic is still a doubt following his concussion and knee injury last weekend and Ashley Young is not expected to return from his knee injury.

Meanwhile Javier Hernandez looks likely to feature in Wednesday’s fixture. He has revealed his eagerness to improve as a player to help his team.

“I am always looking to improve my game, whether that's my play outside the box or also inside it. I still think there is work for me to do. But the reason I want to improve is so that I can help the team,” he told the club’s official website.

Hernandez is the subject of rumoured interest from Spanish side Athletico Madrid who may look to the Mexican as a replacement for Radamel Falcao should he be transferred.

Rio Ferdinand is looking forward to a ‘special’ game against his former club West Ham.

"West Ham is special for me," the veteran defender told manutd.com, as he outlined the similarities between the two clubs.

United have joined a consortium of Premier League clubs taking action to ensure UEFA’s Financial Fairplay Regulations are introduced and implemented correctly. They have supported plans to ‘curb inflatory spending’, along with Arsenal, Liverpool, and Tottenham Hotspur.

United have confirmed two new sponsorship deals with Chinese soft drinks company Wahaha and the banking group China Construction Bank. The three-year deals are to be ‘territory specific’ and are aimed to capitalize o United’s popularity in the region.

The Mirror’s David McDonnell has asserted his belief that despite his lack of goals and game-time this season, United striker Danny Welbeck still has an important role to play in United’s ambitions.

Patrice Evra has insisted he believes United’s current team can emulate the success of the treble-winning side of 1998/99.

“Everything is possible,” said the Frenchman,

"If Manchester United win the Champions League, the Premier League and the FA Cup, I'll say it's the best team I've ever played in.”

Out of favour striker Federico Macheda has admitted he would be happy to go out on loan to get regular first-team football.

“If I go out again on loan, I'm sure I will do well,” explained the Italian.

“I'd look forward to getting playing time because maybe I made some mistakes but now I understand. I will take the chances I will have.”

In transfer news, the Express are reporting that United are lining up an ‘audacious bid’ for Benfica duo Nicolas Gaitan and Ezequiel Garay. Their source Fichajes.net have reported that the club are prepared to spend £33 million to sign the pair but are willing to wait until the summer to do so.

Meanwhile, Galatasaray goalkeeper Fernando Muslera has been linked by the Metro with a possible move to United and the player has since revealed,

‘The Premier League is my childhood dream.”

Granit Xhaka is also the subject of transfer speculation. The Swiss midfielder is reportedly a long-term target for United, who are now on alert as the player has revealed he wants to leave current club Borussia Moenchengladbach.

Finally, the Daily Mail are running an ‘exclusive’ claiming United are set to offer £6 million to Crystal Palace for Wilfried Zaha in the next 48 hours.

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