German starlet names United in talk of future and van Persie sets new record

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Wayne Rooney has praised England manager Roy Hodgson for allowing his players to express themselves during last night’s 4-1 victory over Montenegro.

The Manchester United striker scored the opening goal and in quotes published by the Manchester Evening News after the match, he said, “The manager gave us the freedom and the platform to go out and express ourselves.

You saw a weight come off everyone’s shoulders and we played some good stuff, created chances.”

The result means England are halfway to securing a place in next year’s World Cup, with a match against Poland to come.

Rooney was not the only United striker to have a good evening, with Robin van Persie netting a hat-trick in Holland’s 8-1 win over Hungary and making him his country’s all-time leading goal-scorer.

In transfer news, the Express reports that United will face competition for the signing of Ilkay Gundogan, with Real Madrid said to be readying a £25million bid.

Given the Borussia Dortmund man’s importance to his current team, that seems a little on the cheap side.

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And finally, another German international has again been linked with United in recent hours.

Schalke’s Julian Draxler has reiterated his desire to play for one of the biggest clubs in Europe in the future. Although in an interview with Kolner Stadt-Anzeiger he did not appear to be too fussy which one.

I can honestly say that it is my dream to play for one of the big clubs at some point,” Draxler said, before going on to name six, including David Moyes’ side.

So United fans can get excited at the prospect of one of Europe’s brightest young talents seeking a move to Old Trafford, or they can see the names of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich and accept he is merely fishing for interest…

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