News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
In team news, new Manchester united signing Marouane Fellaini joined United in training today with teammates including Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand, amongst others, at the club’s Carrington training complex, following their return from international duty.
However, teammate Shinji Kagawa ‘voiced concern’ over his status at United. The Japanese maestro was quizzed by reporters on international duty as to why he has not been included in manager David Moyes’ selection at all so far this term.
“Please ask David Moyes why I’m not in the side,” Kagawa urged reporters.
“It is frustrating not playing but to score a goal like that gives me confidence. Hopefully I can take that back to my club with me and things will improve.”
“It’s hard not playing regularly. Some days the frustration is worse than others — it comes in waves,” he added.
This comes as the M.E.N asserts that Tom Cleverley’s place in the team could be at risk following the arrival of another midfielder in Marouane Fellaini.
Anderson, however, vows to ‘fight’ for his place in Moyes’ team, following his fall down the pecking order at Old Trafford last term under Sir Alex Ferguson.
"I just want to play as many games as I can. I just hope I can stay clear of injuries,” explained the Brazilian midfielder.
"I’ve been training hard on the training pitch and in the gym, and working on my conditioning. I am pleased with how things are going and, whenever the manager needs me, I will be ready.”
Winger Nani revealed that Moyes ‘convinced’ him to stay at Old Trafford. Following a summer of speculation the Portuguese international could leave United, he signed a new five-year contract to keep him there until 2018.
"I am very content with my new deal at Manchester United," Nani told the Mirror.
"This summer was not easy but after a lot of thought and talking to David Moyes I believe it was the best solution.”
Meanwhile, former United player and Chelsea coach Ray Wilkins believes United ‘may struggle’ to defend the title this season and may also be exposed in European competitions due to their inability to strengthen enough in the transfer market this summer.
"David Moyes will do an excellent job, but I fear for Manchester United this season," Wilkins told talkSPORT.
"Fellaini was a very good buy but I think they needed more players, especially on the European front.”
"Every side in the Champions League has reinforced, and United have to a degree, but not as well as I'd have liked to see them do," he added.
In transfer news, the Daily Mail reports that Moyes could ‘splash out’ £4 million on youngster Harry Maguire of Sheffield United. The report suggests Moyes may look to bring the 20-year-old defensive prospect in at Old Trafford as a long-term replacement for either Rio Ferdinand or Nemanja Vidic.
Meanwhile, South Korean forward Heung-Min Son ‘turned down’ a move to United, according to his agent who claims he received contact from the English champions this summer but the 21-year-old striker opted instead to sign for German side Bayer Leverkusen where he could continue his development.
“Manchester United were also interested in him,” revealed Thies Bliemeister.
“We held talks. Manchester City also contacted HSV. The interest was a great honour for Son, but Leverkusen just made the best impression. And, as a transitional step, Bayer is ideal for his career.”
In other news, Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed his ‘blueprint’ for success in the latest edition of Harvard Business Review. The retired boss’ analysis reads like a ‘do’s and don’ts’ of management, based on his 26-year reign in charge at Old Trafford.
Ferguson’s former assistant Mike Phelan is hoping for a ‘new challenge’ as a manager and hopes to get the right chance to step up to head coach in the near future, following his departure from United.
“Now I am out of it, I hope those opportunities come around again," Phelan explained of ‘interest’ in him as a manager whilst he was Ferguson’s assistant.
"I am quite open at the moment. Managing is where I want to go but that is down to circumstance.”
Finally, PFA chairman Clarke Carlisle has ‘slammed’ Rio Ferdinand over his stance on the anti-racism t-shirt demonstration last term.
Both Rio and his brother Anton Ferdinand were criticized for opting not to wear Kick It Out t-shirts as part of the anti-racism campaign. Clarke said he was “bitterly disappointed” some players boycotted the campaign and labelled them “s***houses.”
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