News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
Manchester United take on Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium tomorrow afternoon.
In team news, captain Nemanja Vidic is suspended, Rio Ferdinand ‘doubtful’ and Michael Carrick is out with an ankle injury. Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie are available to feature as is club record signing Juan Mata.
Reports emerged this morning in The Sun that Adnan Januzaj had ‘pledged’ his future to England, according to quotes from a 'close friend' to the tabloid newspaper.
In transfer news, there is unlikely to be any transfer news ahead of the 11pm transfer deadline tonight following David Moyes insistence this morning there would be no new signings in this window.
“We have done our business,” he said simply.
This follows reports this morning that United’s proposed move for Toni Kroos was off as the player opted to remain at Bayern Munich, at least until the summer.
However, German football ‘expert’ Raphael Honigstein claimed on talkSPORT that Kroos never intended to join the Red Devils and simply wanted to earn more money at the Bundesliga champions.
Elsewhere, reports claimed earlier that United were preparing a ‘bid’ for Andros Townsend but no move materialized for the Tottenham and England winger.
However, Javier Hernandez’ agent stated his client would be staying at Old Trafford, ruling out any further speculation over the Mexican’s future.
United youngster Wilfried Zaha and fullback Fabio have both joined Cardiff City – the former on loan, the latter on a permanent transfer to join United legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side in their hopes of Premier League survival this term.
Meanwhile, QPR are 'close' to signing United youngster Will Keane on loan until the end of the season.
Elsewhere, Birmingham have signed Tyler Blackett and Tom Thorpe on loan from United to the Championship. Federico Macheda has also clinched a loan to Birmingham.
Ryan Tunnicliffe and Larnell Cole are also closing in on permanent moves to Fulham, Tunnicliffe recalled from Ipswich Town today.
In other news, Ashley Young’s fine for speeding has been ‘slashed’ from £3,000 to £1,350 due to a court error following on from his six months ban from driving this week.
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