News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
In team news, United duo Michael Carrick and Danny Welbeck have been ruled out for England with injuries.
Robin van Persie is also unavailable to take part in international duty this week with Holland due to injury. Both England and Holland play friendly fixtures over the international break this week.
Meanwhile, club captain Nemanja Vidic has returned from hospital following his concussion suffered in Sunday’s victory over Arsenal at Old Trafford. He is expected to return to availability for selection by David Moyes for United’s clash with Cardiff on November 24th.
Former Liverpool defender and Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher stated Wayne Rooney has ‘dragged’ United up the table.
"Rooney is the reason why they're only five points behind this season because United have been poor,” explained Carragher.
"It's not the vintage United we've seen of old and there are a lot of players who haven't performed, but he's the one who's dragged Man United up there, virtually single-handedly at times."
Elsewhere, The Mirror’s David McDonnell writes that Phil Jones can become the new Roy Keane for the Red Devils with his physical presence to emulate the former captain and legend at Old Trafford.
United legend Andy Cole believes Robin van Persie was ‘right’ to celebrate his goal n Sunday against his former club Arsenal despite some criticism for his celebration at Old Trafford.
“Last season, he was very respectful when he scored against Arsenal. But this season, celebrate your goals I say, he is a centre forward and he wants to score goals. What else should we expect?” asked Cole.
In transfer news, the Daily Mail reports that David Moyes ‘wants’ Marco Reus and Ilkay Gundogan from Borussia Dortmund in January. 24-year-old Reus has a £29.4 million release clause with the German giants who were Champions League finalists last term and his teammate Gundogan has been taking all the plaudits in the Bundesgliga this term.
In other news, United have announced a new sponsorship partnership with Bulova in a three-year deal to replace their previous contract with Hublot at Old Trafford.
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