News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has ‘escaped’ charge by the FA for alleged violent conduct on Fernando Torres in Sunday’s FA Cup draw with Chelsea.
The FA have ruled that Ferdinand did not commit misconduct and have dropped the matter.
United still await for confirmation of the date for their replay with Chelsea in the FA Cup. Fixture congestion under UEFA requirements means that the game cannot be scheduled until the outcome of Chelsea’s Europa League clash with Steaua Bucharest is settled.
Currently the most likely date is understood to be over the Easter weekend of March 30/31.
United and England legend Sir Bobby Robson has asserted his belief that Wayne Rooney will be staying at Old Trafford.
"There is no way he will ever be allowed to move on, because that is not the way Sir Alex Ferguson works,” said the World Cup winner.
Meanwhile former United player Lou Macari has revealed he believes Wayne Rooney is ‘better’ than Robin van Persie.
"When the ball drops for him I would back him to score even over and above Robin van Persie,” explained Macari.
Rooney himself has stated that he believes winning trophies this season will give United a ‘great platform’ to build on in the future. The England striker said:
"Being successful this season is really important because it would give us a great platform to kick on in the next few years. Once the young players get their first taste of silverware with the club they'll realise how good it feels and they'll want to keep doing it again and again. Hopefully they'll get to taste it this season."
“Any great player would be welcomed back but Cristiano went beyond being just a great player," he commented.
Another England legend, Bryan Robson stated that Danny Welbeck must try to score more goals.
“That was such a big decision but Danny has all the attributes you need, apart from being a natural finisher,” said Robson.
Meanwhile Sir Alex Ferguson has demanded more ‘killer instinct’ from his team following Sunday’s draw with the Blues.
“Hopefully, there's more to come and we'll discover that killer instinct that our teams in the past have had,” said the United boss.
In transfer news Real Madrid’s Luka Modric is linked with speculation that he wants a move to United this summer, despite scoring against the Red Devils in last week’s Champions League defeat.
In other news, United and Crystal Palace youngster Wilfried Zaha has been charged by the FA for improper conduct for making ‘obscene gestures’ towards Leeds United fans on Saturday.
United will play Dunfermline as part of their pre-season preparations this summer. Sir Alex Ferguson agreed to play the friendly with his old club as they are going through financial difficulty.
Elsewhere, former United player Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has backed Ryan Giggs to be a ‘great’ United boss in the future.
"Giggsy is going to play another year (but) I'd say he's got his eyes and ears open more to what the manager is doing," Solskjaer told Reuters.
"He's looking at that job for himself, Giggsy. He's got top potential."
Finally, United’s U21’s drew 0-0 with Wolves in the U21s Premier League yesterday.
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