Manchester United weekend round-up: Defender ‘considers retirement’; Rooney to be rested

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All the news, views and transfer rumours from Old Trafford this weekend…

Every morning we bring you a round-up of the latest news relating to Manchester United, and this weekend was no exception. To read our United-specific morning news you can find our Saturday report here and our Sunday report here.

United fans will no doubt end the weekend disappointed, having seen their side drop two points away to Cardiff City.

The Bluebirds fully deserved their share of the spoils, after what was an entertaining 2-2 draw. Wayne Rooney put the visitors ahead, but it was an incident just before that which will no doubt generate the majority of headlines tomorrow.

The England striker was cautioned for kicking Jordon Mutch, something that pundits have since argued should have warranted a straight red card.

Frazier Campbell equalised for the hosts, but Patrice Evra continued his recent habit of heading in corners to ensure United went in 2-1 up at the break.

That was how the match stayed until Kim Bo-Kyung took a leaf out of Evra’s book and snuck in for a header of his own.

Rooney still had an even later chance to snatch all three points, but he fluffed his chance when clear through on goal.

In other news, the Daily Mail has reported that Rio Ferdinand is yet to decide whether he will retire at the end of the season. The United centre-back will be out of contract in July and talks over a new deal are yet to lead to anything.

And while there has been talk of a move to the MLS, it is likely he will wait to see what David Moyes intends before committing himself one way or the other.

The Express reported this morning that Moyes has plans for Wayne Rooney, and the striker may not necessarily like them.

As keen as Rooney always is to play, the United managr believes the 28-year-old needs a rest at some point, especially with the World Cup set to take up much of his summer.

I’ll need to try to look after Wayne as we go along and I’ve said this to him,” Moyes said. “We’ll need to give him a breather.”

In which case, someone else is going to have to step up and do what Rooney has for the vast majority of the season.

And finally, with United preparing to face Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League next week, we published our latest news specific to Group A. You can find out how all United’s group stage opponents fared this weekend here.

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