News, views, and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
Manchester United’s veteran defender Rio Ferdinand has revealed he would ‘love’ to be recalled for the England national team by manager Roy Hodgson.
Hodgson denied allegations last year that he told underground passengers Ferdinand’s international career was ‘over’ after the centre-back made 81 appearances for his country.
"I'm no different to anyone else - I love playing for England. If I'm not then I'll keep doing what I'm doing for Manchester United,” Ferdinand admitted.
Ferdinand has also warned United fans that, despite the current side chasing a treble, they should not be compared to the great United teams that have come before them.
"I don't think you can really judge a team until you've had a really good season at it," he explained.
In team news, United centre-back Phil Jones has been sidelined with shingles and will not take part in England’s U21 match with Sweden this evening.
However, the defender is expected to return in time for United’s Champion’s League knockout clash with Real Madrid later this month.
Jones has also revealed his excitement to travel with United to Asia for their summer tour. He said,
“From what Rio was saying, the fan base is absolutely huge out there, and that makes it exciting for us to go over there and experience it.”
Meanwhile, United will be boosted by the news that Everton’s Marouane Fellaini is a major doubt for the Toffees trip to Old Trafford on Sunday after he picked up a hip injury and is unlikely to feature this weekend.
United’s vice-captain Patrice Evra has called for the team to take advantage during what is now a ‘really important time’ of the year.
“It’s important that we do well in the league in February, but we also have the Champions League game against Real Madrid,” he explained, but concede that the task would not be easy, nonetheless.
“This is the time when you have to win your games and show that Manchester United is the number one team. It won’t be easy, but this is the right moment.”
United defender Jonny Evans has expressed that he feels ‘good to be back’ in the team following his hamstring injury.
“It’s good to be back but I got cramp in my calves in the last ten minutes,” he told MUTV, referring to his first game back last weekend against Fulham.
Meanwhile, United youngster Nick Powell insists he is ‘biding his time’ at United and is looking forward to his future at the club.
In transfer news, the Daily Mail reports that United are ‘at the front of the queue so sing £15’ Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.
According to reports, United are understood to be leading the chase to sign the Stoke stopper, ahead of competition from Liverpool and Manchester City.
In other news, Brazil legend Ronaldhino has believes United should have signed him as a youngster when he was at Paris-Saint Germain. Instead, despite initial interest from United, the Brazilian went to Barcelona where he says he:
“Played for one of the biggest teams in the world and won everything,” he continued,
"If Manchester United had signed me they would have won more European Cups."
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has warned his former club that he will not hold back against his old team.
“It will be a match with a lot of emotion,” he explained.
Elsewhere Athletico Madrid super-striker Radamel Falcao has stated his admiration of United veteran Ryan Giggs who he describes as ‘elegant’ as he spoke on the topic of English football in general.
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