News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
In team news, Manchester United and England midfielder Michael Carrick has signed a new contract to keep him at Old Trafford until 2015.
"It's great to extend my contract at this club. I am really enjoying my football,” he stated.
"The club has gone through a few changes and working under David Moyes has been fantastic. I have won many trophies in my years playing here and I am looking forward to achieving more in the future."
Manager David Moyes also revealed his ‘delight’ at the deal being agreed:
"I am delighted Michael has extended his contract. During my short time at the club it hasn't been hard to notice that Michael is a great reader of the game and has excellent passing ability,” said Moyes.
"He is an exceptional man and a true professional and it's great that he has committed himself to the club."
Moyes is also looking forward to pushing on for the title through the winter after a tough start to the season.
"I never thought we were out of it [the title race]," stated Moyes.
"We go about our job, try and win the next game, whether it's Arsenal or whoever. People are entitled to say what they want. All I can do I'd try to win the games.”
"We're on a good run at the moment, we're feeling good, we've got a confidence about us and we want to try to keep that going,” he added.
The available squad is:
De Gea, Lindegaard, Amos, Rafael, Smalling, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evans, Evra, Fabio, Valencia, Nani, Fellaini, Cleverley, Giggs, Anderson, Young, Zaha, Januzaj, Kagawa, Rooney, Van Persie, Hernandez, Welbeck.
Meanwhile, Wayne Rooney has set his sights on breaking Bobby Charlton’s goal scoring record for England.
“The record is there for me to see and I feel I have many years left to play for my country, so it’s a realistic target for me to aim at,” he said.
“Hopefully one day I can do it.”
Charlton’s record of 49 goals for England remains intact with Rooney in pursuit close behind with just 11 short of his target.
In transfer news, The Mirror claims United are set to ‘step up’ their chase of Ezequiel Garay after failing in attempts to sign the Benfica defender in the summer.
Meanwhile, reports persist that Juventus are ‘interested’ in signing Nani in January.
In other news, The Independent reports on the case of the United fan who violated his banning order by attending a match against Cluj in the Champions League by pretending to the authorities he need to be in Romania for business.
Elsewhere, you can also find a review of a new documentary on United’s ‘Class of ‘92’ here.
Finally, United have announced a new sponsorship partnership with Banif Bank in Malta, expanding further their portfolio.
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