Manchester United latest: Including Van Persie’s toe and transfer talk

News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.

In team news, Robin van Persie believed he had broken his toe but it turned out that he had not.

"Against Shakhtar I got such a hard kick on my toe, I immediately thought it was broken. It was so sore," he explained.

"On the Thursday, after returning to Manchester, I had a scan. Eight years ago I broke a bone on my other foot and it felt like a similar injury.”

"I was so relieved there was no fracture visible, but doctors told me it was badly bruised. I was told to rest it, but I wanted to play against Sunderland,” he added.

Meanwhile, veteran ace Ryan Giggs has ‘hinted’ he will keep playing next season for United, despite turning 40.

“Apparently 40 is the new 30. I’ve never really put too much stock on my age. To me it is more about how you feel, and I feel pretty good at the moment,” said the Welshman.

A number of United stars feature in this evening’s crucial World Cup qualifiers. Here is an outline of who could be playing for whom:

Angelo Henriquez (Chile), Antonio Valencia (Ecuador), Michael Carrick, Phil Jones, Wayne Rooney, Chris Smalling, Danny Welbeck (England), Patrice Evra (France), Shinji Kagawa (Japan), Javier Hernandez (Mexico), Robin van Persie (Netherlands), and Nani (Portugal).

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In transfer news, The Independent reports that Tottenham are ‘keen’ on signing Javier Hernandez whose proposed signing Spurs could fund via the sale of former Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor.

Reports also persist today asserting that Robert Lewandowski could ‘snub’ Bayern Munich for England where United, City and Chelsea are all hopeful of swooping the Polish striker when his contract with Borussia Dortmund expires this summer, if not in January.

The Yorkshire Evening Post reports that Leeds United are hopeful of loaning Will Keane which could be the ‘next step’ in the young United striker’s development.

The Daily Mail, meanwhile, claims United are lining up a £16 million ‘move’ for the ‘new Xavi’ – otherwise known as Athletico Madrid midfielder Koke.

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