Manchester United morning news: Ferguson reveals keys to success; Rooney’s City return

A select round-up of news relating to Manchester United, including Ferguson’s factors for success and Rooney’s likely return.

Robin van Persie may not have scored for Manchester United since their first game of the season, but he has been in fine form for Holland during the international break.

The Dutchman scored both goals in Holland’s 2-0 win over Andorra last night to secure his country’s place in next year’s World Cup.

A 25-yard strike and a close-range effort gave van Persie two goals in five minutes, and sent him back to Manchester in fine form ahead of the weekend game against Crystal Palace.

While strike-partner Wayne Rooney is unlikely to be fit for that game, the Mirror reports that he may return in time for the Manchester derby near the end of the month.

United have so far failed to score against either Chelsea or Liverpool in early top-of-the-table encounters, but Rooney will be hoping to change that should he recover from the head wound that has seen him miss both domestic and international matches recently.

And finally, the Guardian reports that former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed some of his coaching secrets – or his “blueprint for success” – in the latest edition of the Harvard Business Review.

In a series of interviews last year, Ferguson explained what he saw as the eight factors that determined managerial success, including “Dare to rebuild your team” and “Never, ever cede control.”

In the years to come it will be interesting to see if his successor David Moyes follows them or develops a blueprint of his own.

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