News, views, and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has advised fans that the Premier League title is still ‘too soon to call’, despite United leading by 9 points at the top of the table.
"Once it comes down to the last four or five games, then we will see what position we are in and work out what we have to do," explained the Red Devils’ forward.
Rooney was in action for his country last night in England’s 2-1 victory over Brazil in an international friendly at Wembley. Rooney netted the opening goal and Chelsea’ Frank Lampard scored the winner.
England boss Roy Hodsgon reveals he had permission from United boss Sir Alex Ferguson to play Rooney for 90 minutes in the friendly.
"When I spoke to Alex, he said Wayne was coming back from an injury and benefits from playing, Smalling too,” revealed the England manager.
Meanwhile United’s top goalscorer Robin van Persie expressed his excitement to face Real Madrid ahead of their Champion’s League clash next week.
“The match against Madrid is the icing on the cake for every footballer. It will be my first game at the Bernabeu and I’m really looking forward to it,” said the Dutchman.
Former United favourite and England captain David Beckham has backed his former club to win the league title this term.
The veteran midfielder spoke from Paris where he has just signed for PSG on the January transfer window deadline day.
He also implied he would be backing United in their upcoming clash with another of his former clubs, Real Madrid.
“I've been a United fan since I was 5 years old but am still in love with Real, it will be a great game,” said Beckham.
Beckham also revealed his admiration of his former United teammates Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes who he claimed he will use as inspiration in these twilight years of his career at PSG. He told reporters:
“Look at the likes of Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes at Manchester United [still doing it] at the highest level. They don’t play every game but when they do play, they are big influences on the game and I’m looking to do that and to be successful.”
Across town, Manchester City’s Yaya Toure believes his side can still catch United in the chase for the Premier League title.
"United have a strong squad and, on paper, they have an easier run in than we do but the title race is a long way from finished,” insisted the Ivorian.
In transfer news, United are reportedly ‘chasing’ Real Madrid maestro Angel Di Maria who could be sold in the summer after appearing mostly from the bench this season. PSG are also rumoured to be interested in securing the Argentine’s services this summer.
Meanwhile, The Mirror are reporting that United will face tough competition from Bayern Munich in the race to sign Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski.
According to reports, incoming manager Pep Guardiola has named the Pole as his top target this summer.
Elsewhere, United and Real Madrid are also reportedly chasing Japan international Yuto Nagatomo from Inter Milan, according to The Express.
The player is said to be ’flattered’ by the interest from both clubs.
At Leicester City, manager Nigel Pearson has yet to reveal what’s in store for United trialist Jeff Schlupp who is still in Manchester presently doing his best to convince Ferguson that his future should be at Old Trafford.
In other news, United have announced further details of their summer tour – the Red Devils will play in Osaka against Cezero Osaka this summer as part of their pre-season tour of Japan.
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