Manchester United latest: Including Rooney and Jones fitness concerns

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

In team news, Wayne Rooney is a ‘major doubt’ for United imminent trip to Queen’s Park Rangers this weekend.

The striker missed United’s victory over Reading in the FA Cup earlier this week due to a sinus problem and there are concerns over whether he will be available for United’s clash with Real Madrid next month.

Meanwhile there is more bad news as Phil Jones will also miss this weekend’s Premier League game and is also a serious concern for Real Madrid’s visit to Old Trafford for the return leg of their Champion’s League last-16 knockout tie.

QPR’s Andros Townsend insists that United ‘don’t scare’ him, despite QPR remaining the Premier League’s basement side, and most likely relegation candidates.

“There is no fear there. Before I arrived, QPR beat Chelsea and drew with Manchester City, so why not? We have to think we can go in there and win the match,” he explained.

However, QPR have more woes to worry about in the form of injury concerns over new signing Loic Remy who could miss United’s trip to Loftus Road on Saturday. Samba Diakite is expected to return to the squad but United loan-star Fabio is ineligible to play against his parent club.

Meanwhile, Sir Alex Ferguson insists United will treat their trip to Loftus Road as if they were playing Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.

“We have to treat these games as we would Real Madrid or anyone else. It has to be won. We want to win,” said the manager.

Former United and QPR defender Paul Parker asserted today his belief that QPR’s narrow pitch could cause United some problems on Saturday. He explained,

"It’s why wingers have always struggled at QPR. The only player with any width who did well in my time there was Andy Sinton but that’s because he had other things about him rather than staying on the touchline. It’s a very narrow pitch. It’s as simple as that and it’s very easy to defend there."

Ferguson has dismissed claims made by Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini that United will ‘falter’ in the Premier League as they head in to the business end of the season, still 12 points clear of last year’s champions.

"They are going on about us dropping points - but I would say the same thing to be honest," said Ferguson.

"The fact of the matter is they will drop points too. It is unavoidable.”

The Independent have a piece today outlining the chances of Manchester United, Barcelona and Bayern Munich winning a treble this season. Only one of them can achieve such a feat as all three continue to chase their domestic league titles, cups and the Champion’s League.

United stars Rooney, Jonny Evans and Tom Cleverley took part in a web chat with Google and were asked to decide who is the best player on the planet. Their vote was split with Evans and Cleverley picking Cristiano Ronaldo and Rooney picking Lionel Messi.

Wayne Rooney also cited United’s consistency as the key to their challenge in all competitions this season.

"We've been the most consistent team. Obviously, it's put us in a great position as, when other teams have dropped points, we've managed to keep winning or not lose too many games,” said the Englishman.

The Telegraph has a piece dedicated to the outgoing United chief executive David Gill who, according to the report, deserves his own statue at Old Trafford for his service to the club.

However, they also have an article asserting that Ed Woodward’s promotion is the final step in what they deem as the “Glazerfication’ of Manchester United FC.

Another article also asserts that Woodward, the man taking over from Gill in the summer, will be tasked with finding Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor as manager of United.

Chris Smalling has revealed his keenness to make his mark on United’s first-team.

"No matter whether you are young or old you want to play in as many games as you can," he explained and cited United’s treble hopes as reason for optimism that he will be very much involved in the campaign.

Finally, in transfer news, United youngster Ryan Tunnicliffe has agreed a loan move to Barnsley. He will remain there for the remainder of the season.

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