News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
Manchester United are ‘likely’ to offer striker Wayne Rooney a new deal to keep him at Old Trafford, according to The Guardian. The Englishman’s current deal expires 2015.
Rooney is ‘demanding’ an apology from United for Sir Alex Ferguson’s claim that the 27-year-old handed in a transfer request at the end of the season, the accuracy and truthfulness of which he is understood to dispute.
In transfer news, however, Barcelona could launch a ‘shock raid’ for Rooney this summer, according to reports.
Arsenal are understood to be waiting on the outcome of Rooney’s contract talks before making a move to sign him.
Meanwhile, Thiago Alcantara’s father has dropped a ‘hint’ the Barcelona starlet could be on his way to Old Trafford.
Mazinho Alcantara reportedly believes his son should join United ahead of Manchester City, Bayern Munich and Chelsea who are also understood to be chasing his signature this summer.
However, reports suggest that Alcantara could stay in Barcelona if, crucially, he is guaranteed regular playing time.
The Mirror claims that Alcantara is ‘set’ for a £15 million switch to United where he is expected so sign a five-year contract, following advanced talks between the two clubs.
United veteran Ryan Giggs is ‘impressed’ by Alcantara.
“I’ve seen him in several matches – he is a good player,” said the Welshman.
Elsewhere, United are still ‘keeping tabs’ on Robert Lewandowski, despite the insistence of Borussia Dortmund that he is not for sale this summer.
In other news, Shinji Kagawa has admitted he is ‘unhappy’ with his performance in his debut season with the Red Devils and ‘vows’ to improve next term under David Moyes.
“I am not happy with my performance for the team at all. I didn't score that much and I also had my (knee) injury,” he explained.
“Despite that, it was great we won the league, I just don't feel that I achieved everything that I wanted. For me personally, it wasn't a good season.”
“Whenever there is a tough time, whenever it gets difficult for me, I just train and look ahead to the future,” he added.
Finally, United veteran Rio Ferdinand wants more success with United and insists he will not ‘rest on his laurels’ after winning the league title this term.
"I'm not happy with what I have won, not when I can look around at people in the changing room and know they have got more than me," Ferdinand told reporters at a charity event.
"You always aim for the people above. That is what I did the day I walked through the door. I looked around and saw people with three, four, five titles and thought: 'I want to have that'.
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