News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand believes United is the best club in the world.
“I don’t see where you go better from here,” said the centre-back and fans’ favourite.
“For instance, Cristiano has been ridiculous as a football player individually but has he won more trophies since leaving than what we’ve won?”
Many sources have claimed Ferdinand was addressing striker Wayne Rooney who has yet to resolve speculation over his future after claims from Sir Alex Ferguson he handed in a transfer request at the end of the season.
“If you get asked to come to Manchester United, I see it as a no-brainer. I wanted to come because of that history,” Ferdinand continued.
“I’ve had loads of offers over the years to go to other football clubs but I’ve never really wanted to go anywhere.”
Of Rooney he insisted: “He's mature enough now and old enough to make his own mind up. I'm sure in time he'll have his say."
Meanwhile, new manager David Moyes kicked off pre-season training today at the Aon Training Complex.
In transfer news, reports suggest that United are ‘ready’ to bid £12 million bid for Leighton Baines to test Everton’s resolve over the fullback.
United legend Bryan Robson believes Wayne Rooney has a ‘bright future’ at United and insisted he’s got ‘everything he could want’ at Old Trafford.
Robson also insisted he believes the fans will forgive Rooney for his transfer request this time around, despite it being his second in three years.
"He starts the season, he scores a few goals, enjoys his football then the fans will forgive him if there is anything to forgive him for," Robson told reporters.
United legend Andy Cole also urged Rooney to stay at Old Trafford. He stated he personally wished he’d have never left:
“It’s a great football club and you never want to leave this football club,” Cole said. “You look at it and say ‘I wish I had never left.’ David Moyes has come out the other day and said that he’s not for sale. I think that’s the end of it.”
Andy Cole also urged Wilfried Zaha to ‘take his chance’ next term after signing for United in January and arriving from loan at Crystal Palace this summer to join the Red Devils.
"Obviously, Sir Alex bought him last season and it's up to Zaha to come here and put in a shift in pre-season, give it a good go and David Moyes will make his mind up from there,” Cole explained.
"I think it's a good thing that everyone is starting from a clean slate, so to speak, as the new manager is coming in with new ideas and he'll pick the team as he feels fit for going to win the championship week in and week out.”
"I think it's a great opportunity for Wilfried and that's why he's come to Manchester United in the first place - to have that opportunity - and no doubt he'll enjoy it," he added.
Elsewhere, The Express claims United will face a fight to sign Andrea Ranocchia of Inter Milan from rivals Arsenal and Tottenham.
In other news, United’s managing director Richard Arnold insists commercial sponsorship deals will not affect the club’s aims on the pitch. This comes after the club announced Aeroflot as their official airline yesterday.
"The number one objective for everyone at this club is to be the number one team on the pitch," said Arnold.
"We do nothing that will get in the way of that.”
"We work very hard with the support staff to make sure what we do is done in a way that minimises any impact on the players, both from a fatigue and distraction point of view. The work we do is very carefully planned,” he added.
The legendary ‘kids’ class of ’92 stepped out together in Manchester last night. David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Phil Neville and Gary Neville were spotted on their way to Artisan Bar & Restaurant.
Wimbledon champion Andy Murray wants to become ‘the Manchester United of tennis' – with the help of Sir Alex Ferguson.
“Sir Alex is a really impressive guy. You can learn a lot from him. He said to me he built his teams on consistency and concentration,” explained Murray.
“He had an unbelievable work ethic over such a long period of time. If you can concentrate throughout an entire match you’ll gain that consistency. That was something I tried to do throughout the tournament.”
“It kind of emphasises the point a bit more when someone like him says it to you. He did it his whole career. He won so much over how many years he was in management,” he added.
Jailed ‘conman’ Tommy Scragg’s collection of jewellery and sporting memorabilia including Rooney’s signed boots will likely be auctioned by the authorities.
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