News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has branded UEFA ‘cowards’ over their ruling on teammate Nani’s red card at Old Trafford in United’s Champions League defeat to Real Madrid earlier this month.
"That red card was heavily unjustified…I didn’t understand before the game that this man would be the referee, such an unknown referee who hasn’t been in charge of a big games for months.”
The Dutchman continued:
"The worst thing is that Uefa supports him. That’s cowardly, because I really don’t understand it.”
Meanwhile, united defender Rio Ferdinand has defended his decision to travel to Qatar for England’s fixture with San Marino to work as a television pundit.
“I've flown out for some pre-planned downtime...with a bit of punditry thrown in for a game I would have watched anyway,” he tweeted.
Elsewhere, former Manchester United director Greg Dyke has been appointed new Independent Football Association chairman by the FA.
In Spain, legend Emilio Burtragueno has stated David De Gea can be ‘brilliant’ for Spain’s future.
"There are fantastic Spanish goalkeepers now," he opined.
"Casillas, Valdes and Reina.”
United legend and former England striker Andrew Cole has asserted that Robin van Persie can regain his form from earlier on this season.
“Having a barren spell has got to happen. As a centre forward you know it will happen at some point. You just have to keep faith with yourself,” he explained.
“You just know it is going to come back.”
Meanwhile, United winger Ashley Young has revealed his frustration this season at being hit by a string on injuries.
"It's been very frustrating as a player when you're injured and seeing the other players training every day," he told MUTV.
"It's where you want to be, not in the gym every day. You want to get yourself outside."
United have several players away on international duty this week. Here is a run down of who’s likely to appear for whom:
Antonio Valencia – Ecuador
Wayne Rooney – England
Danny Welbeck – England
Ashley Young – England
Michael Carrick – England
Chris Smalling – England
Robin van Persie – Holland
Jonny Evans – N. Ireland
Patrice Evra – France
Shinji Kagawa – japan
Javier Hernandez – Mexico
Angelo Henriquez – Chile
In transfer news, United are linked with a move for Brazilian centre-back Dede. The Red Devils are reportedly considering lining up a £15 million summer bid for the highly-rated Vasco de Gama defender.
Meanwhile, Juventus have declared their interest in signing United striker Javier Hernandez this summer.
"It would be around 20 million euros (transfer), and is a big expense for a purchase, and that Juventus have to make several,” was the claim made by Luca Luca Vergiu, a FIFA agent.
In other news, United youngster Wilfried Zaha on loan at Crystal Palace has been praised by England U21 boss Stuart Pearce who insisted that his ego has not been inflated by his deal with United.
“I am seeing the same kid from a couple of months ago in how he is now. I don’t see any change in his demeanour at all,” Pearce explained.
Finally, Manchester City and England stopper Joe Hart has admitted United are a ‘killing machine’ this season.
“I don’t know what is different to last season. I’d love to know. It would have been rectified. We’ve done well, but we have been up against a killing machine that has kept turning out results no matter what,” conceded the City keeper.
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