News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
In team news, Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is back in training today at the club’s Carrington training ground.
However, the England number 10 ‘trained alone’ and reportedly has only a ‘50/50 chance’ of being fit for the Manchester derby clash with City at the Etihad on September 22nd. The 27-year-old will definitely not be available for United’s trip to Crystal Palace this Saturday.
New signing Marouane Fellaini is, however, expected to play this weekend – the big-haired Belgian midfielder could make his debut against the Eagles on Saturday after starting training with United yesterday.
Incidentally, The Sun reports that Fellaini was ‘attacked’ by ‘drunk yobs’ in a Spanish bar and had to be ‘dragged away’ and ‘hidden’ by staff members to avoid further escalation of the situation.
Meanwhile, coverage continues today in the news following Shinji Kagawa’s plea for regular action at United yesterday, ‘hitting out’ at David Moyes who has yet to pick the Japanese maestro this season.
In transfer news, claims have emerged that United are ‘weighing up’ a bid for Kenedy – the Brazilian ‘wonderkid’ has been the subject of United’s scouts and it is claimed the 17-year-old could be offered a move to Manchester in the near future.
In other news, as outlined in yesterday’s latest news, Sir Alex Ferguson revealed his blueprint for success as a manager.
Today, the Daily Mail has an extract from the Harvard Business School article written by Ferguson detailing his insistence that ‘nobody was allowed to be strong than [him]’ during his 26-year reign in charge at Old Trafford.
“Before I came to United, I told myself I wasn't going to allow anyone to be stronger than I was. Your personality has to be bigger than theirs. That is vital,” he explained.
“There are occasions when you have to ask yourself whether certain players are affecting the dressing-room atmosphere, the performance of the team and your control of the players and staff. If they are, you have to cut the cord. There is absolutely no other way. It doesn't matter if the person is the best player in the world.”
Finally, Ferguson is to have a road named after him in Manchester – the 71-year-old will receive the distinguished freedom of the Borough of Trafford and Waters Reach, as it presently titled, will be renamed Sir Alex Ferguson Way, as tribute to the former Red Devils’ boss and his contribution to the community.
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