Defender plans for life after Manchester United and striker again linked with move

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A select round-up of morning news relating to Manchester United

As Manchester United prepare to face Arsenal later today, the Gunners manager Arsene Wenger has stated that his group of young players can ultimately be as successful as Fergie’s fledglings.

United had an exceptional group together,” Wenger said of the likes of Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes.

I would say this group is as successful as Manchester United’s group of players were.”

Only time will tell how good Arsenal’s team can be, but David Moyes’ side will hope to bring them down a peg or two at Old Trafford this afternoon.

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In other news, the Express reports that Rio Ferdinand will continue to pursue his ambition of becoming a manager when he finally hangs up his boots.

The United defender said, “I started my coaching badges a couple of years ago and had to stop.

But now I’m back into it. I’m definitely going to get my qualifications.”

Perhaps realising that his playing days are coming to an end, it will be interesting to see what kind of manager Ferdinand becomes…and whether or not he will give up Twitter as a result.

And finally, the Telegraph continues the Javier Hernandez rumours, claiming Tottenham will bid for the Mexican in January if they can offload Emmanuel Adebayor.

The report goes on that even if Spurs do bid, Moyes is unlikely to part with Hernandez until the summer at the earliest, and even then it is unlikely he will sell to a domestic rival.

In truth all the Hernandez rumours seem rather bizarre, given his innate ability, the doubts remaining over Wayne Rooney’s long-term future and Robin van Persie’s age.

But whether Chicharito can become a first-choice starter for the champions will be seen in due course.

See also: Moyes reveals reason for Ozil snub...but do the stats prove him wrong?

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