News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
In team news, midfielder Michael Carrick has withdrawn from the England squad with an eye infection. The 32-year-old will not take part in Roy Hodgson’s side’s clash with Scotland at Wembley this evening, according to a statement from the FA.
United defender Chris Smalling believes the Community Shield win will ‘boost’ the youngsters in the Red Devils’ squad ahead of the new season, following Sunday’s 2-0 victory over FA Cup winners Wigan.
"Celebrating in the dressing room after winning a trophy is always a fantastic feeling," Smalling told ManUtd.com
"It's great for some of the new lads like Wilf, Jesse and Adnan to experience that feeling - it really gets you in the zone and shows you what you're fighting for."
In transfer news, United have insisted that Wayne Rooney is not for sale ‘at any price’ this summer ‘on principle’, despite bids and interest from Chelsea and Arsenal.
Former Chelsea player and Champions League winning manager Roberto Di Matteo believes United ‘won’t sell’ Rooney to Chelsea.
"Rooney is a top-class striker and a fantastic player, who can play for any team in the world, but I don't think Manchester United will allow him to join Chelsea. United are well known for not allowing their top players to join rival teams, especially in England," observed the Italian.
Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard revealed he spoke with Rooney about his future but was unwilling to discuss their conversation in detail.
"It wouldn't be fair on Wayne for me to talk about that conversation but of course I am close to him," Gerrard said.
Elsewhere, former England, United and Manchester City midfielder Owen Hargreaves stated his belief that there is no one better to have in a team that Wayne Rooney.
“Obviously a lot of people have a perception of what they are and how they are - but I can honestly say as a team-mate that there are not many other guys I would want in my team,” he said of his former teammates Rooney and Carlos Tevez.
Meanwhile, United have ‘dropped’ their pursuit of Leighton Baines of Everton, according to the Liverpool Echo.
In other news, United have teamed up with clock manufacturers Boluva who join the club’s portfolio of official sponsors.
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