Manchester United latest: Including Rooney thanks and City build up

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Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney thanked the club’s fans after his sensational performance in the Red Devils’ 4-2 win over Bayer Leverkusen at Old Trafford on Tuesday evening in their Champions League group stage opener.

"The reception I got when I was substituted was amazing and meant a lot," said the England number 10.

“I want to thank the fans for that.”

"The Manchester United fans have been brilliant since the start of the season, their support home and away is always top drawer and means a lot to the team. The best way to repay the fans is with good team performances,” he added as he outlined his hopes to improve his goal tally.

"I'm happy to be in a position where I get the opportunity to score goals - and long may that continue."

Rooney’s statement on his official website, coupled with some strong performances in recent weeks has put to rest speculation over the striker’s future at Old Trafford, as The Telegraph asserts, Manchester United and Wayne Rooney are once again ‘civil’ following a summer of doubt at the champions.

His teammate Michael Carrick believes Rooney is ‘untouchable’ when performing at his best for the Red Devils.

"It was probably Wayne's best performance that I've seen for a while," the midfielder told the club’s website following the midweek win.

"It's great to have him in that form - he can be untouchable when he's like that."

United take on Manchester City this weekend in the first Manchester derby of the campaign away at the Etihad. More team news and the expected line-up will be announced tomorrow when David Moyes has his press conference ahead of Sunday’s title clash.

Further ahead, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is expected to pick Luis Suarez against United in what will be the controversial Uruguayan striker’s first outing for the Merseysiders since his 10-match ban last term for biting Chelsea’ Branislav Ivanovic.

The League Cup tie with Liverpool could see the striker return and face United vice-captain Patrice Evra whom he racially abused in 2011.

In transfer news, United youngster Jesse Lingard has completed a loan move to Birmingham for one month after some impressive displays for the youth and reserve teams of late.

In other news, Manchester City forward Sergio Ageuro joked that Usain Bolt is ‘good enough for United, but not City’ ahead of the Manchester derby this weekend.

The record-breaking sprinter and gold medallist Olympic champion is a well-known Manchester United fans and he went head to head with the Argentine as part of the build up to the clash this week.

Michael Carrick, however, says he ‘doesn’t bother’ about City ahead of the clash.

“I don’t really bother too much about City to be fair because I am more interested in ourselves,” he said.

“They are a top team with good players but I am more interested in what we’ve got and what we do."

United posted ‘record results’ in profits yesterday – United are Britain’s most global football brand and the club saw a 13.4% rise in revenues to £363.2 million in year to June 2013.

Finally, United legend Paul Scholes has begun in his coaching role at the club after retiring at the end of last season. The former midfielder will work alongside former Red Devils teammate Nicky Butt predominantly with the youth team.

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