Manchester United latest: Including Rooney shines and Koke rumours

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

In team news, Wayne Rooney scored the opening goal last night in England’s 2-0 victory over Poland to qualify for next summer’s World Cup in Brazil.

Rooney is expected to ‘ditch’ his headband for United’s next league fixture with Southampton this weekend.

Javier Hernandez and Mexico will be given ‘one more chance’ to qualify for the World Cup via the play-offs after losing 2-1 to Costa Rica. However, Angelo Henriquez and Antonio Valencia are through with Chile and Ecuador, respectively.

Rooney ‘vowed’ England can succeed in Brazil next summer. The Red Devils and Three Lions striker stated:

"Brazil is obviously a great football nation," he told

"But we’re not going there as tourists – we’re going there to try and do well and hopefully we can do that.”

His teammate Michael Carrick believes the win ‘proves’ England can go all the way in Brazil where h believes the group can handle the pressure of playing for England.

"We are used to the criticism, it is not about proving anybody wrong, we have had it all of our careers. It is just about going and performing really, we expect high things of ourselves, with high standards, and that is what we set out to achieve," Carrick said.

"We did not think too much about the consequences of what a win or a loss would be, it was just a case of going out there and performing; we certainly did that.”

Meanwhile, Shinji Kagawa re-iterated his ‘plea’ for more game time at United after a couple of poor performances with Japan who have already qualified for the World Cup.

"Maybe it's because I'm not used to being on the pitch of late but I didn't feel like I was able to enter these two games properly," he told reporters after Japan's 1-0 defeat to Belarus.

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In transfer news, rumours have emerged that United could bid for Koke in January.

The Athletico Madrid midfielder is hailed as ‘the new Xavi’ in his native Spain and could be the man to add creativity to David Moyes’ midfield after failed attempts to sign Cesc Fabregas and Ander Herrera this summer.

United are also reportedly ‘plotting’ a move for Ezequiel Garay after the Benfica defender’s proposed move to Old Trafford in the summer was ruled out by David Moyes, according to the player’s claims earlier this week.

However, the Mail claims United could ‘lose out’ on target Mats Hummels who could be set for a switch from Borussia Dortmund to Barcelona in January according to reports.

Chelsea and United could ‘lose out’ on ‘target’ Radamel Falcao who is being considered by Real Madrid.

In other news, logistics firm DHL will transport United’s Premier League trophy around the world. To celebrate the club’s historic 20th league title this year, DJL will take the trophy to 31 destinations around the globe.

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