News, views, and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
Manchester United arrived in Bangkok for the first leg of their pre-season tour. The club, manager and players were welcomed by Thai fans.
The Telegraph asserts that the tour will ‘open David Moyes’ eyes’ to the true size of United’s commercial power abroad.
But the big news from United this evening is that Wayne Rooney has flown home from the tour with a hamstring injury, and now faces a race against time to be fit for the season opener on August 17.
Captain Nemanja Vidic’s injury is ‘not serious’ after he also pulled out of the trip to Bangkok with a nerve problem yesterday.
"It's nothing serious," a club spokesperson told ManUtd.com.
"Nemanja has a touch of sciatica [pain stemming from nerves in the back] and may still join the tour at a later date.”
Meanwhile United remain hopeful Darren Fletcher can return to action and be fit for the start of the season.
In transfer news, United look set to ‘miss out’ on Thiago Alcanatara of Barcelona who is wanted by his former boss in Catalonia Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich.
The Sun claims that United will fight Manchester City to sign Stevan Jovetic of Fiorentina this summer. The Manchester rivals could go head-to-head in the race to sign the Montenegrin striker.
Meanwhile, Chelsea are ‘confident’ of ‘capturing’ Wayne Rooney, according to The Guardian, despite David Moyes’ insistence the striker is not for sale.
In other news, there have been nine fixture changes announced for United’s upcoming 2013/14 season in the Premier League. These include games against Swansea, Chelsea, Liverpool, Crystal Palace, Manchester City, Sunderland, Arsenal, Cardiff and Tottenham.
BBC presenter Gary Linker believes Roy Hodgson won’t be happy with the fixture changes as big clashes as United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Spurs all play just five days before and England game.
Finally, David Moyes has insisted Wilfried Zaha will get chances at United.
"He'll travel with us on the [pre-season] tour now, I'll get a chance to look at him," Moyes told talkSPORT.
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