News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick and Phil Jones featured for England in the three lions’ 1-1 draw with the Republic of Ireland in their international friendly match at Wembley last night.
Elsewhere, Antonio Valencia scored for Ecuador in their 4-2 defeat to Germany in Florida, USA.
Michael Carrick expressed his dismay at claims he has ‘come out of nowhere’ to be such an integral and important player for both his club and country this term.
“It slightly amuses me when I see or hear people saying different things, as if I have suddenly appeared from nowhere,” he said, before playing 90 minutes against the Republic.
“I have maybe played a little bit better than I have done in the past, but I have been happy with my form for a long time really. A couple of people say something and it snowballs from there.”
“Obviously you have to be doing things right on the pitch, but it is slightly strange how it has come about this season,” he added.
Meanwhile, United striker Robin van Persie revealed his ‘secret weapon’ against injury and fitness concerns this season.
An American-made elastic 'compression sleeve' product called the BodyHelix is reportedly the key to his injury-free seasons this term for United and in his last season at Arsenal.
In transfer news, The Mirror claims United are willing to bid £80 million to bring Gareth Bale to Old Trafford from Tottenham this summer, despite the Welshman being heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid, David Moyes is hoping to hijack the deal with a massive bid.
However, United look set to miss out on the signing of Radamel Falcao who looks increasingly likely to switch from Athletico Madrid to French side AS Monaco this summer.
Meanwhile, rumours persist that David Moyes is keen on bringing Cesc Fabregas back to England. The Barcelona midfielder and former Arsenal captain is a target of archrivals Manchester City as well as former club Arsenal, according to reports.
However, Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini insists his ‘destiny’ is with Everton, dismissing rumours linking him with a move to Old Trafford following manager David Moyes.
“My destiny is with Everton, it’s as simple as that,” said the Belgian.
“The framework and the basics are there. It is in this sense that I mean the departure of the coach does not change anything for me.”
In other news, Manchester United Soccer Schools’ head of coaching Gavin Rhodes has been lured to join Manchester City after spending over a decade with United, despite being a City fan.
Elsewhere, United legend Edwin van der Sar has hailed David De Gea as United’s undisputed number one goalkeeper and insists he is a star of the future.
“It has been a good turn around for him in terms of his performances and his own self-confidence in being the Manchester United goalkeeper,” explained Van der Sar
“As long as your team-mates are happy with you and your manager plays you every week, those are the best accolades you can get.”
“Of course, after you win the league it is nice to look at individual trophies but the team always comes first,” he added.
Another United legend, Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville insists an ‘English core’ is key to United’s continued and future success.
“It is critical to have young English players at the club who are coming through and have good potential,” Neville told ManUtd.com.
“Those players need to develop and become better. They are now champions after winning the title; they should gain confidence from that and want to go again.”
Finally, former Manchester United player Ron Davies has passed away, aged 70. The news was confirmed on Wednesday by Southampton FC, where he spent most of his career after a brief spell with United in the 1970s.
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