News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
Numerous sources today have claimed that Wayne Rooney’s Manchester United teammates are ‘annoyed’ with his behaviour and that some senior members of the squad have made their dissatisfaction with the situation known.
According to The Mirror, Ryan Giggs and Rio Ferdinand have voiced their disapproval of his ‘unsettling’ behaviour, perceived as intended to engineer a move to away from Old Trafford this summer.
The Independent asserts that Rooney faces a dressing room ‘rift’ with his colleagues unless he changes his stance over his future.
There have also been suggestions today that Rooney has been left out the squad that travelled to Sweden ahead of this evening’s pre-season friendly fixture against AIK Fotball for that reason, rather than because of the shoulder injury United boss David Moyes cited as the cause for his omission.
The line-up for the clash includes the returning Nemanja Vidic, and a place on the bench for Bebe. The confirmed team can be viewed here.
This comes after the club revealed in an official statement that it had rejected a second offer for Rooney from Chelsea, understood to have been worth £25 million for the 27-year-old striker.
Meanwhile, club veteran Darren Fletcher is still ‘unable’ to put a date on a return to full fitness from a bowel condition and subsequent surgery that saw the Scotsman miss the majority of last season through illness.
"I don't have a timescale for when I will be back playing really. Hopefully it is not going to be too far away in the distant future. I just need to be patient. After all I've gone through I think it's important that I'm patient,” explained the midfielder.
Elsewhere, former United midfielder and Chelsea coach Ray Wilkins warned Rooney that if he leaves United, he’d only be taking a step down, wherever he goes.
"Once you leave Manchester United there's only one way you're going. Man United are in the top three biggest clubs on the planet, therefore they will always buy and buy and buy because they always want to be successful,” stated Wilkins.
"If you want to win things then there's no better club to be at than Manchester United. So what if you've got a bit of competition with Robin van Persie? It's healthy.”
"He should stand up to the plate and show these people what he's made of. He's got so much wonderful football left in him," he added.
Meanwhile, midfielder Michael Carrick warned Swansea to be prepared for United to step it up for their opener of the 2013/14 season at the Liberty Stadium.
“Now is the time when you really start thinking about that first game of the season,” explained the Englishman.
“We want to continue to make sure we are ready for that first game. We’ve got a busy week but it’s an important one for us.”
The Swans also confirmed yesterday that kick-off will be at 530pm on August 17th.
In transfer news, The Telegraph claims David Moyes I still chasing Cesc Fabregas despite Barcelona’s insistence the former Arsenal captain is not for sale.
In other news, Wigan’s Grant Holt has warned United Wigan are taking the Community Shield seriously ahead of Sunday’s match against the FA Cup winners at Wembley.
“We’ve got Europe, the League Cup and the FA Cup – every game we’re in, we’ll try to win,” Hold stated.
"We're seeing this one no differently."
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