News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
Midfielder Darren Fletcher has spoken out on his ‘difficult’ period of recovery and his discomfort in ‘opening up’ about the bowel condition that sidelined him last season.
"I found it very difficult making up stories, reasons why I wasn't at training, why I was looking ill, why I was rushing off to the bathroom. I found that very difficult, making up stories and basically lying to people's faces,” explained the Scot of his struggle.
"Once I started talking about it and made it public knowledge, it was such a relief, it was the best thing I did. Although I still suffered with the symptoms, it did help me a lot.”
Former Red Devil Anderson has ‘hit out’ at David Moyes following his loan move to Fiorentina last month.
He told the Sun: "To be honest, I've not had the chance. He gave me one chance or a half but not a lot."
"He is the manager and I have to respect him. He treated me well and he has a lot of players. I have to play and have my chance. It is better for me at Fiorentina."
However, Anderson has dismissed claims he said a number of players wanted to quit United, he responded to reports yesterday:
“I’m shocked and surprised with a supposed interview that never existed,” Anderson said in the message.
“I never gave an interview, much less to say a bad thing about a club that I love, a club where I grow up and gave me so much. Shame on you!!!!!!”
In transfer news, United sent scouts to watch £37.5 million rated starlet William Carvalho play for Sporting Lisbon this week. The 21-year-old Portuguese midfielder is expected to be on David Moyes’ wish list this summer.
The Daily Star, meanwhile, reports that United ‘want’ Newcastle enforcer Cheick Tiote this summer.
The Metro claims Red Devils skipper Nemanja Vidic is ‘in talks’ to quit United for a transfer to Inter Milan after his agent said he would be unlikely to sign a contract extension to stay on at Old Trafford.
Elsewhere, Toni Kroos admitted he has ‘issues’ with his contract at Bayern Munich but played down speculation he could move to United.
“Fact is I am very happy to play for Bayern and my position in the team is very good,” he stated.
"Fact is also that we couldn't agree a new contract but since it runs until 2015 this is not a big problem, and we will see what the future brings.”
In other news, United’s 2014 Tour has been scheduled to take place in the USA. The pre-season tour next summer will be presented by club sponsors Aon and will be the team’s first visit to the Unites States since 2011.
The tour could potentially be affected by the Europa League schedule should United miss out on a top four spot this term and enter into competition instead as the qualification fixtures clash with the dates proposed for the tour.
Finally, United have backed a ‘Football v Homophobia’ campaign aimed to support LGBT footballers, professionals in the game and supporters with a zero-tolerance approach to homophobia.
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