News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
Januzaj ‘mania’ has ensued following Manchester United youngster Adnan Januzaj’s performance against Sunderland this weekend in which he scored a brace to earn the Red Devils all three points - the attacker is now considered one of the hottest prospects in Europe and is wanted by the continent's elite.
The Daily Mail reports that Barcelona will battle United for Adnan Januzaj after the teenage sensation, hailed ‘the next Cristiano Ronaldo’ scored a brace in his first start for the Red Devils last weekend.
According to the claims, the Spanish champions are hoping to ‘snatch’ the youngster away and convince him to reject a new contract to keep him at Old Trafford beyond 2014.
Michael Carrick believes United is ‘the best place’ for Adnan Januzaj to stay, as the club looks to hold on to the youngster whose contract expires next summer.
“He is at the right club. He has the right players around him who are willing to help him and obviously the right manager. He has the ability. As long as he keeps along the right lines and does the right things he has got a great chance of having one of the best careers," explained Carrick of his young colleague.
The 18-year-old is also caught up in a tussle between nations after England boss Roy Hodgson and striker Wayne Rooney admitted they hope he decides to play for England at international level.
However, Belgium nation boss Marc Wilmots insists Januzaj has not decided on his future yet.
"United told me that Januzaj has not made a decision to play for a national team yet," stated Wilmots.
"We gave a clear signal that we want him to play for Belgium and now it's up to him. I will respect his choice."
In team news, Marouane Fellaini could ‘delay’ his wrist operation until December, in order to be available for selection for David Moyes and his national team coach for Wilmots with Belgium.
However, striker Robin van Persie has picked up an injury away with Holland on international duty today. The Dutchman sat out of training with the national team due to a toe injury.
Meanwhile, striker Federico Macheda has returned to United from his loan spell at Doncaster after suffering a hamstring injury that will ‘cut short’ his time in the Championship this season.
In other news, former United coach Rene Meulensteen has rejected a role at Fulham, following his dismissal as manager of Anzhi Makhachkala.
Finally, United have reduced their ticket prices for travelling fans, ‘knocking off’ £4 from the price of all away tickets.
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