News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
Sir Alex Ferguson watched from the stands at Old Trafford as Manchester United’s legends Red Heart United charity team were defeated 2-1 by Real Madrid.
Meanwhile, Wayne Rooney scored in Brazil for England in their 2-2 draw at the Maracana.
United veteran Rio Ferdinand will be honoured with a testimonial match at Old Trafford on August 9th against Sevilla.
The ‘matured’ Rafael is hoping he can advise United’s younger generations in the future.
“Now, I think I'm starting to get old!" he said.
"I always try to help the young players. You get mature and get older. You can't be young forever!”
"Of course, I enjoy it, I always try and help. I know how hard it is to get into the first-team. I know it's very difficult and you need some help so I always try my best to help everyone,” he added.
His brother Fabio has reflected on his loan spell at QPR. He told the Daily Mail:
“It didn't go the way I wanted. We had a bad start, lost confidence and never got back on track. Redknapp tried hard but it was too late. Of course, there were too many changes at the club - too many new players.”
Elsewhere, United legend Ruud van Nistelrooy has tipped Manuel Pellegrini to be a success with rivals Manchester City.
“Half a season at Madrid I was with him and the last season of my career at Malaga, and my experience was very good,” Van Nistelrooy said.
“On a professional and personal level, I rate him very highly. I think he proved with Villarreal most of all – and Malaga — that he could build a team and get things moving. He can create a structural culture at the club where things get better.”
Van Nistelrooy also urged Wayne Rooney to leave if he is not committed to the club.
"If he says there isn't I don't think there is a future for him but it is up to him. I think the fans would love him to stay but it depends on the commitment,“ said the Dutchman.
David Moyes now faces a dilemma over whether to sell Rooney – the striker handed in a transfer request but his recent performance for England this weekend could entice the new boss to keep him.
Meanwhile, United legend Edwin van der Saar believes Rooney should stay on at Old Trafford.
"It was maybe a lesser season and he didn't play the last couple of games but he's really important for United," Van der Sar told BBC Radio 5.
Legend Bryan Robson is also hoping Rooney ‘sees sense’ this summer and stays.
“There was a bit of a problem towards the end of the season with Wayne and Sir Alex, but I just hope Wayne sees sense," Robson told Sky Sports.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is reportedly ‘interested’ in luring Rooney to the Emirates. The Gunners’ boss left the door open on the potential deal:
"Rooney could be an interesting player for everybody in the world, who would turn him down?”
In other news, United’s new Nike 2013/14 home kit will be unveiled across the club’s official channels this Wednesday 5th June at 12:30pm.
Sir Alex Ferguson is considering buying a lucrative vineyard in the South of France according to reports.
Finally, United defender Jonny Evans married Helen McConnell at Clough Presbyterian Church, County Down on Saturday.