News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
In team news, Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick could miss up to miss six weeks due to an achilles injury aggravated on Sunday in the Red Devils’ 1-0 win over Arsenal at Old Trafford.
Michael Carrick stated the team ‘ignored the doubters’ to beat Arsenal last weekend and paid no attention to those who have criticized new boss David Moyes.
"It is easy to jump on the bandwagon when we have lost a game or two and people are saying it is all wrong,” he said.
"We knew that wasn't the case. We were frustrated with our performances and results but you have to stay patient and trust yourself.”
Meanwhile, United youngster Phil Jones insists he wants to be a centre-half, not a midfielder.
"I'm happy with my own form. I'm pleased to be getting a bit of a run at centre-half,” he explained.
"It's always nice to play in the position you feel most comfortable in. I played in midfield against Norwich in the Capital One Cup, but mostly it has been centre-back and that's where I want to be.”
Goalkeeper David De Gea wants ‘more’ as he approached his 100th appearance for United this month.
"One hundred, eh? Wow!" he said. "I'll be delighted to reach that figure. It makes me very happy and I want to make it to 200 and then 300 appearances. Please, let it continue! I'm very happy with my form," he said.
"I feel like this is a particularly good moment in my career right now and I hope to continue in the same vein. I feel like I'm always improving and I want to make sure that continues."
England take on Chile tonight in an international friendly in which United stars Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Tom Cleverley, and Wayne Rooney could all feature. Danny Welbeck was also selected by boss Roy Hodgson but is a doubt for the fixture due to injury.
In transfer news, the Daily Mail reports today that Barcelona and Spain star Andres Iniesta is a ‘target’ for United in January after being ‘alerted’ to a ‘growing rift’ between the midfielder and Barcelona bosses at the Camp Nou.
In other news, Fulham have appointed former United coach René Meulensteen as their head coach to join under-pressure boss Martin Jol at Craven Cottage.
Finally, United legend and former captain Roy Keane insists he is ‘not an animal’ following his appointment by the Republic of Ireland as assistant manager to Martin O’Neill.
"There's nothing to tame. I'm not some sort of animal, you know what I mean?” he stated.
"I'm a footballing man, I like to work hard and push people, and sometimes I suppose I have got that slightly wrong on one or two occasions over the years. But generally speaking, I look back and I think I have got a lot of it right.”
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