Manchester United latest: Including Rooney hopes and financial results

News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.

In team news, Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney believes the Red Devils are ‘building momentum’ after a tough start to the season.

“We’ve played better in the last few games than we have all season and it was always going to be the case with a new manager coming in, that we’re taking his ideas onto the pitch. We’re finally finding our feet now and putting into the games exactly what the manager wants us to. I’m really pleased with that,” Rooney stated in an interview with United Review.

Goalkeeper David De Gea has made massive physical progress. The young Spaniard revealed a change in his diet along with increased gym sessions have helped him ‘cope’ with the Premier League.

"I do a lot of work in the gym these days and I enjoy that,” he said.

“I have also changed the food I eat and that's helped me put on muscle and bulk up. It's been a big change for me but I've noticed the results - I think it's working.”

Chris Smalling is hoping to stake his place in the England team ahead of the Three Lions’ friendly with Chile tomorrow.

“I am hopeful if I can stay injury free and keep playing, getting as many games as I can,” Smalling told

“Hopefully Roy Hodgson will be watching and I can be on that plane, and not only go over there in the squad but also make an impact on the tournament.”

United have as many as eight players involved in international fixtures over the next 10 days.

Wayne Rooney, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, and Tom Cleverley (England), Patrice Evra (France), Nani (Portugal), Javier Hernandez (Mexico), and Antonio Valencia (Ecuador) have all been selected to represent their countries.

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In transfer news, more reports have emerged that United will ‘target’ Barcelona star Andres Iniesta in January.

Manchester Evening News claims David Moyes will go ‘window shopping’ ahead of the January transfer window and could be in the market for the likes of Iniesta, Ilkay Gundogan, and Marco Reus who are apparently on his ‘radar'.

In other news, United have reported record revenues for the first quarter of £98.5 million for the first three months of its financial year, representing a 29% increase in revenue after a 63% increase in sponsorship income.

Meanwhile, an Arsenal fan lost his house in a bet with a Manchester United fan over Sunday’s victory at Old Trafford. In the Iganga District of Eastern Uganda, Henry Dhabasani staked his two-room home in a bet with Rashid Yiga that the Gunners would defeat the champions.

Finally, United have secured a ‘breakthrough’ in their challenge to finance safe standing areas for fans as part of their stadium expansion plans for Old Trafford.

The club’s fans will be encouraged to explore the purchase of shares in the club to finance a standing section as MUST had requested.

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