News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
Wayne Rooney tweeted in defence of England boss Roy Hodgson after the coach became ‘embroiled in a race row’ and forced to apologise for a joke he made about a monkey in space.
“Seen the story on roy this morning. He done nothing wrong. This is ridiculous,” Rooney posted on his Twitter account.
In team news, Belgium’s pursuit of Adnan Januzaj has ‘angered’ his father Abedin Januzaj. Belgium national team manager Marc Wilmots appeared to ‘haggle’ over the United youngster’s future, which caused his father to ‘hit back’.
“We have never asked to play for a national team. So how can we be suspected of blackmail? First of all, I want my son to have his place in his club team. The Belgian FA is trying to convince us with texts and faxes but that has no sense. We have to wait. We are not desperate to play for Belgium," he said.
Meanwhile, United legend Bryan Robson believes Antonio Valencia was right to swap flanks, converting from a number 7 back to a number 25.
"I just think Antonio has been very honest," Robson told ManUtd.com.
"Maybe he did feel a little bit of pressure when wearing the number seven. He won Player of the Year when he wore no.25 and, after an indifferent season for him, when he didn't always show the quality we know he's got, maybe there's a little bit of superstition to go back to the shirt he was wearing.”
"So it's a good decision and a strong decision by him. I think he's started the season pretty well so that is good for the club and good for Antonio," he added.
However, the M.E.N reports that Patrice Evra’s position is under threat from Leighton Baines and Luke Shaw who are reported targets of David Moyes.
In transfer news, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admitted selling Robin van Persie caused ‘unrest’ at the Emirates.
"We lost Van Persie, created a lot of unrest and destabilised the team. But from November to May team showed fantastic mental strength," said the Frenchman.
Meanwhile, United are linked with Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels who is rated around £29.5 million according to The Express.
United also remain linked with ‘the new Xavi’, otherwise known as 21-year-old Athletico Madrid midfielder Koke.
In other news, United legend Sir Bobby Charlton has received a honours degree to become a Doctor of the University of Manchester.
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