News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
In team news, Manchester United have handed Robin van Persie an extended summer break. The Golden Boot winner will miss the first leg of the champions’ pre-season tour of the Far East and Australia.
Van Persie has been named on UEFA’s Best Player in Europe award shortlist along with Tottenham’s Gareth Bale who won the PFA Player of the Year award this term.
David Moyes has named 19 players in his United squad to fly out to Bangkok today for the pre-season tour.
Captain Nemanja Vidic will miss the start of the tour due to a nerve problem. The Serbian skipper will undergo treatment for sciatica and join up with the rest of the squad later.
Wayne Rooney has returned to training in his ‘best shape in a long time’, according to the new boss who insists he has a strong relationship with his former protégé at Everton.
Former England, United and Liverpool striker Michael Owen has urged Rooney to stay at Old Trafford if he wants to be the best.
On the suggestion Rooney could head abroad as Owen did, Owen explained:
“He could do it but I wouldn’t recommend it for him at this stage of his career. I think he will stay.”
“I would certainly want him to stay in this country. I think he is best served doing that and I think he should stay at Manchester United. I think that is the best thing for him,” he added.
“I’m speechless really, I just never thought I’d have the chance to play with the likes of Rooney and to actually be sitting next to Giggs in the changing room. It’s just a dream really,” said the England youngster who signed from Crystal Palace in January.
United legend Joe Jordan believes Fabio will have learned from his experience on loan at relegated QPR last term.
"He will have learned a lot from last year. Hopefully, he can use it to better himself for the future that he has in the game,” explained the QPR coach and former United striker.
In transfer news, Spanish national team boss Vincente del Bosque has urged Thiago Alcantara to stay in Spain, amidst heavy speculation he is headed for a move to Old Trafford this summer from Barcelona.
“The most important thing for Thiago is that he keeps getting games. There are other options, but I think he will get them at Barcelona, he is held in a very high regard at the club,” said the former Real Madrid manager of the Catalans’ youngster.
Meanwhile, United target PSV Eindhoven midfielder Kevin Strootman insists he will take his time over any potential move.
“I just do not take hasty decisions about my future,” said the Dutchman who revealed he ahs offers on the table this week.
Elsewhere, Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala are chasing Nani, according to reports. The United winger has also been linked with interest from Roma this week.
In other news, United launched their debut Twitter account officially this morning with the first tweet reading:
"New era, same spirit. The season starts here. Let's do this."
The club racked up 36,000 followers in just 3 minutes.
Finally, Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has backed City to reclaim the title from United next term.
“I know that the most important thing for all the fans is to beat Manchester Utd and if I am here it is because I am sure we will do it,” stated the Chilean who has come in to replace Roberto Mancini at the Etihad this summer.
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