News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
In team news, Manchester United drew 1-1 with AIK Fotball in their pre-season friendly in Stockholm. Youngster Angelo Henriquez salvaged a draw for the Red Devils in the second half after Robin Quasion put the hosts ahead.
Henriquez aims to ‘progress’ after an impressive display on Tuesday. The 19-year-old came off the bench to score the equalizer and is eager to kick on.
"To be involved in my first game with the first team and score was a great moment for me," he told ManUtd.com
"It's been fantastic to train with the squad and also spend time with the players. I am learning a lot."
Captain Nemanja Vidic declared himself fit and played a full 90 minutes for the first time in the pre-season campaign, boosting the team and manager David Moyes ahead of the new season.
“I am pleased that I have 90 minutes under my belt,” Vidic told MUTV.
“I am pleased with that and I hope that after this game I can pick up my fitness and I will be ready for the beginning of the season.”
In transfer news, reports emerged today that United have opened ‘talks’ with Everton over Marouane Fellaini, after failing in their pursuit of Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas.
However, Everton boss Roberto Martinez insisted the club have received no offers for Fellaini and he expects the Belgian to be a part of their upcoming campaign, along with Leighton Baines, also rumoured to be a United target.
“There are no bids,” explained the Spaniard.
"Marouane has been working really hard. Leighton Baines has been working really hard for the team and that's all that matters.”
"Headlines in the media happen at this time of the season unfortunately but it won't distract me from the work we have to do. I'm not bothered at all,” he added.
Following their game against AIK today, United manager David Moyes reiterated that Wayne Rooney is not for sale and will not be allowed to leave.
“I have not asked Wayne about it recently. But I don’t need to convince anybody to play for Manchester United,” stated the Scot.
“There is nothing else I can tell you about Wayne except he has got a shoulder injury.”
“We’re trying to get Wayne into a condition where he is ready to play,” he added.
In other news, veteran Rio Ferdinand revealed the players discuss the transfer stories like ‘fellas in a pub’.
"We come in and look at the papers or social media or whatever and say 'so and so has bought so and so, what do you think, is he any good? I don't think he'll be any good, he'll be a great big waste of money'," he told BBC Sport.
"We're just exactly the same, it’s just like four fellas sitting in a pub. We're just sitting in a training ground doing it (instead). People don't expect it because we're players."
Agent Barry McIntosh revealed United nearly signed Sergio Aguero for just £3.3 million as a 17-year-old before his big money move to archrivals Manchester City in 2011 but explained there were concerns over a work permit for the Argentine that scuppered the deal.
"I remember when I was in Argentina scouting, and I recommended Aguero to Sir Alex's brother, Martin Ferguson, to take him to Manchester United,” explained McIntosh.
"Martin went and saw him play for Independiente against Huracan and Aguero was available for €3.5million as a 17-year-old.”
"Aguero has gone on to play for Atletico Madrid and is now at Man City, which is ironic,” he added.
Red Devils winger Antonio Valencia has starred in an ‘awkward’ soft drinks advert for Pony Malta.
Finally, former United coach Rene Meulensteen is set to be sacked after just 16 days as manager of Anzhi Makhachkala after long his first four games in charge in the Russian Premier League.
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