News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
In team news, United are ‘on course’ for ‘dispute’ with Belgium over the fitness of Marouane Fellaini. The midfielder who signed for the club this summer is expected to play injured in World Cup qualifiers this week for his country, a matter for contention for his club.
Belgium national team coach Marc Wilmots ‘expects’ Fellaini to play against Croatia on Friday despite his requirement for surgery to repair ligament damage to his wrist.
Meanwhile, striker Javier Hernandez wants to become a regular starter in David Moyes’ team – the 25-year-old Mexican told reporters, whilst away on international duty this week:
"I strive for that [to start more games]… I am going on four years here [at Manchester United] and really, like I have always said, I am happy to be able to play for one of the best clubs in the world, doing my best every single day to earn more minutes on the pitch."
The Daily Mail has reported that Hernandez ‘hinted’ at an ‘exit’ from Old Trafford if he cannot achieve regular access to first-team football, using further quotes from Chicharito’s interview on Mexican television.
'”I am working towards that - earning a spot as a starter. I know that my performance on the pitch will allow me to achieve that goal someday either here [in Manchester] or elsewhere for any other club,” he said.
In transfer news, Barcelona have joined the race hopeful of signing Adnan januzaj who United have offered a new contract to ahead of his current deal’s expiring next summer, according to The Independent.
Meanwhile, the Mail reports that United are set for battle with City over ‘the new Schmeichel’, otherwise known as 15-year-old Norwegian goalkeeper Kjetil Haug who is a reported target for both Manchester rivals.
However, United fullback Rafael has dismissed talk of a switch to Corinthians insisting he wants to stay at Old Trafford.
"I am not thinking about leaving Manchester United, especially since I did well last season," Rafael stated.
"There is no reason to leave now, I am playing here, I am a starter and I don't intend to return to Brazil."
In other news, United have topped the table for the most arrested fans with Manchester City coming a close second. United fans were arrested 148 times in 2011/12 a study showed. Fulham came last with 6.
Finally, Sir Alex Ferguson has been voted ‘scariest potential father-in-law’ in a poll conducted by a jewellery comparison website.
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