Manchester United defender Phil Jones has urged the team to ‘keep calm and carry on’ in the wake of their 2-1 defeat by Manchester City in the Manchester derby at Old Trafford on Monday.
“We have to bounce back, get back on the training pitch and do what we do best and recover, and we will. Hopefully we will win on Sunday at Stoke and bounce back like we always do,” said the young Englishman.
Meanwhile, Danny Welbeck believes he’s making progress in his development with the Red Devils this term but admits he wants to score more goals.
"I think my performances have been more consistent. I haven’t always played in my preferred position but playing in different areas allows you to develop an understanding of the other attacking positions which can only benefit you as a player. The one thing I want to do is score more goals,” he explained.
United first-team coach Rene Meulensteen told Inside United that the squad is focused on their title mission.
“Of course, you’re always looking ahead, but my focus in the short-term is to work on making sure the everyday training routines are well planned and well executed,” he revealed.
In transfer news, United ‘target’ Christian Eriksen has ‘hinted’ that he could leave current Ajax in search of pastures new.
"I read that my asking price was €20million. That's a lot, yes, but I will leave that to the clubs,” he revealed.
Another of United’s reported ‘targets’ Mats Hummels has ‘hinted’ he is eyeing a move to Barcelona.
"My father and I would turn down about 99.9 per cent of all the clubs in the world if they approached us," Hummels told German publication Sport Bild.
United may, however, have other targets in their sights – they are being linked today with a move for Radamel Falcao by Spanish news outfit Marca.
Elsewhere, United loan striker Federico Macheda has dismissed talk of Wayne Rooney leaving Old Trafford.
“He is an emblem of Manchester United and I think there is no better team in the world than that in which he is playing right now,” the Italian told the Metro.
In other news, The Mirror claims that United veteran Paul Scholes’ knee injury could spell the end of his career, forcing the 38-year-old back into retirement.
“I am very proud of my three years there, of having decided to go to Manchester first – at 17 it was the perfect time for me to leave home because it helped make me as a person,” revealed the Spanish World Cup winner He added:
“I am proud to have been part of a Sir Alex Ferguson team. Even though every time I meet him I tell him that he got it wrong with me!”
United’s U21s beat Southampton 1-0 thanks to a Jesse Lingard goal.
Finally, United’s Legends team are set to play Rangers at Ibrox on Monday 6th May.
Former skipper Bryan Robson will manage the side with the likes of Edwin van der Sar, Denis Irwin, David May, Quinton Fortune, Jesper Blomqvist and Dwight Yorke set to feature.