News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
United veteran Rio Ferdinand has called for United to ‘hit the gas’ against the Gunners to step up their title challenge this season.
“I don’t think we have shown ourselves this season on a consistent basis, not just in the big games. It is time to start putting our foot on the pedal now and motor on,” said Ferdinand.
Striker Wayne Rooney ‘played down’ Arsenal’s title chances this week.
"We'll have to wait and see where Arsenal are in March," he said. "We've seen before that they've been in the top two until February or March and then faded away. They are doing brilliantly at the minute, so it's down to them to try and stay there and us to catch them."
"We're obviously capable of beating Arsenal," Rooney continued. "We've done it many times in the past. They're on a good run of form at the moment and they're top of the league, so we know it's going to be a difficult game.”
Arsenal midfielder and top scorer Aaron Ramsey insists the Gunners are not ‘scared’ of the champions ahead of the clash. Asked by reporters if Arsenal were afraid to come to Old Trafford, the Welshman responded:
“Absolutely not. They have had a bit of a rough start but they have overcome that now, I think. They have had a few good results in the League and will be getting their confidence back up but we are really confident ourselves.”
In transfer news, The Telegraph reports that Ashley Young could be headed for the exit at Old Trafford following his latest ‘diving’ scandal in midweek against Real Sociedad.
Meanwhile, United are reportedly ‘targeting’ Alberto Moreno to replace Patrice Evra but, according to The Express, they face competition from Chelsea for the Sevilla fullback.
Elsewhere, United and Arsenal ‘target’ Ever Banega is ‘ready to quit’ Valencia which could see him added to David Moyes’ midfield in January.
In other news, United won the Large Visitor Attraction of the Year award at the Manchester Tourism Awards for their Museum and Tour celebrating their 20th league title win this year.
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