News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
Manchester United take on Crystal Palace this Saturday afternoon and new signing Marouane Fellaini could make his debut against the Eagles at Old Trafford.
In team news, Wayne Rooney is still unavailable due to his head injury, which means Danny Welbeck will likely lead United’s attack alongside Robin van Persie.
Chris Smalling is likely to feature at right-back due to injuries to Rafael and Phil Jones, whilst Jonny Williams and Jack Hunt are unavailable for Crystal Palace through injury.
Darren Fletcher remains out of the squad through illness and Jonny Evans is still carrying an ankle injury.
The predicted line-up is:
De Gea; Smalling, Vidic, Evans, Evra; Carrick, Fellaini; Nani, Kagawa, Welbeck; Van Persie.
Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic believes David Moyes is the man to lead United to Champions League glory, head of next week’s Champions League group stage opener against Bayer Leverkusen next Tuesday evening at Old Trafford.
“Obviously he has, I believe, better quality players now at Manchester United – and I believe he has enough experience to drive us on,” stated the skipper.
“I've been here eight years. I've played three finals, one semi-final, two quarter-finals – and that means that sure, United is always in the last stages of the Champions League.”
Meanwhile, United youngster Phil Jones has ‘rejected’ Stuart Pearce’s criticism of him for his absence in England’s U21 squad, following his call-up to Roy Hodgson’s senior squad.
"I didn't expect it and I am disappointed. It's simply not true", Jones stated in response to former England U21 manager Pearce’s comments earlier this week that Jones and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were partially at fault for his side’s poor performance in the U21 Championship.
"It was totally out of my hands. Roy Hodgson came out prior to the under-21 tournament and said he regarded me as a senior player,” Jones continued.
"How he [Pearce] can come out and say I didn't want to play for the under-21s is beyond me. I have represented the under-19s, the under-21s and the seniors. I said from the first day I pulled on an England shirt that it sent shivers down my spine."
New signing Marouane Fellaini revealed his deadline day move was a ‘dream’ and stated he hopes he can repay David Moyes’ faith in him at Old Trafford this season.
"I talked with the manager because it was a big opportunity for me to join one of the biggest clubs in the world. He knew my objectives: I want to win trophies, I play football for this, and with Manchester United I have a big chance to win something,” explained the Belgian.
"I thought I had no chance to join United but in the end I joined the club so for me it’s a dream. It’s one of the biggest clubs in the world. It’s a big dream.”
His manager David Moyes believes Fellaini is ‘huge asset’ to Manchester United and the Scot insisted the 25-year-old adds a new dimension to his midfield options with the Red Devils.
“He's well known in the Premier League, experienced in the Premier League and he can do several different jobs,” said Moyes.
“He can play different positions, score goals and is effective in different areas of the field. I'm hoping he can continue to improve as he has done in the early part of his career at United, and we can have a really top player on our hands.”
However, in a fan poll conducted on Instagram, United fans urged Moyes to #playkagawa instead of Fellaini ahead of the Saturday’s game, following the Japan international’s expression of dismay this week at having been excluded from the team by the new manager so far this season.
In transfer news, Sheffield United boss David Weir insists he’s ‘unaware’ of any interest in Harry Maguire from United, despite speculation the Premier League champions are hopeful of signing the 20-year-old defender.
"I don't know anything about it, but it is great news for our players to be linked with such big clubs," Weir told Sky Sports.
In other news, Wigan manager Owen Coyle hopes he can play a ‘significant role’ in Nick Powell’s development whilst the 19-year-old United prospect is on loan under his charge.
"If you can pass on any knowledge and experience to help young players go an have a glittering career, it certainly gives you a good feeling, because maybe you've played a little part in their development," explained the former Bolton boss, who oversaw Jack Wilshere's development on loan from Arsenal.
"It's a win for us getting a quality player like that, a win for Nick because he gets league time at a very high level, and a win for Manchester United.”
Meanwhile, Nick Powell hopes he can ‘emulate’ Tom Cleverley’s development on loan at Wigan and return to United in the same manner the England youngster did previously.
“Hopefully I can follow his example and return to Manchester United after a successful season here and as a better player,” explained the United prospect.
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