Manchester United latest: Including Rooney on Ozil, plus Witsel possibility

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

Axel Witsel has declared his desire to leave Zenit to join United or Chelsea.

"Indeed, I hope a big club comes for me," he told Belgian paper Nieuwsblade.

"I also see that my teammates are playing at Chelsea and Manchester United play, but I'm not playing badly over here. There will come a day when one of those clubs will show interest and I can leave.”

In team news, Nani wants to bring the ‘fear factor’ back at Old Trafford.

"It looks like teams are more confident when they come here to play against us. But I'm sure we will change that because, at the moment, we are playing without all our confidence," explained the winger.

"I think once results start coming we will show who the real Manchester United are and will do much better."

Coach Phil Neville believes David Moyes is winning the players’ trust.

The players are beginning to trust the manager and his philosophy and I think you saw that against Arsenal," he stated.

Meanwhile, Wayne Rooney has ‘heaped praise’ on Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil ahead of England’s friendly with Germany this week.

“He’s a clever player,” said the United striker. “He doesn’t stick to one position, he moves along the line. He moves in behind positions in midfield, he can score and assist goals. He’s a fantastic player.”

In transfer news, Kevin Strootman is ‘on course’ to sign for United, according to reports.

Former PSV Eindhoven boss Dick Advocat believes the 23-year-old Dutch midfielder have put him in the ‘shop window’ for ‘team of the calibre’ of the Red Devils.

However, United ‘target’ Miralem Pjanic plans to remain in Roma despite reports he could move to the Premier League.

“I won’t exclude the possibility of one day playing elsewhere, but I doubt this will happen soon,” he said.

“It certainly won’t be in January, which is what some people have said, and certainly not in the next year and a half either.”

In other news, former United player Eric Djemba-Djemba insist he has ‘no regrets’ over his career and time spent at Old Trafford.

"It was fantastic. It was with Cristiano Ronaldo and it was our first game in the league," he recalled.

"We came on together against Bolton and it was fantastic because we won that game 4-0 and I was very happy in the dressing room afterwards."

Meanwhile, United legend Peter Schmeichel is enjoying his role as an ambassador for the club.

“It’s been over 14 years since I left as a player but United have always been in my heart and always will be,” he explained.

“I’ve been back many times, popping into the Aon Training Complex and watching games at Old Trafford, but there is a purpose to me being here now and it’s something I really enjoy,” said the former goalkeeper.

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