News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
In team news, Juan Mata is expected to feature against the Cottagers as well as Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie who have both returned fit and available.
The predicted line-up via Sky Sports ahead of the clash is:
De Gea – Smalling – Jones – Evans* – Evra – Carrick – Cleverley – Mata – Young – Rooney – Van Persie
However, Jonny Evans and Marouane Fellaini are ‘out’ of the clash with Fulham who currently sit bottom of the Premier League under the management of former assistant manager at United under Sir Alex Ferguson, Rene Meulensteen. Phil Jones could be available according to David Moyes on Friday.
Meanwhile, David Moyes has confirmed the exit of captain Nemanja Vidic who will depart Old Trafford at the end of the season upon the expiry of his contract after eight years at the club.
"This is something we all mutually agreed together," said Moyes.
"I think it was the right decision for club and player. He has been a brilliant servant for United."
Wayne Rooney has expressed his ‘excitement’ to play alongside Juan Mata and Robin van Persie following the England No.10’s return to fitness along with the Dutch ace following the club record signing of Mata from Chelsea last month.
"When you've got players with his ability, with Robin's ability, and the other players we've got on the team, who can all help us be successful and win games," he said of his teammates.
"Obviously I've known Robin and played with him for quite a while now and for Juan Mata to come in, you can see his intelligence as a football player."
In transfer news, the Daily Star claims United have told Paris Saint-Germain they have ‘no chance’ of signing Adnan Januzaj as reports claim they hope to this summer.
Elsewhere, The Mirror claimed yesterday evening that Edinson Cavani’s representatives ‘flew to London’ for ‘talks’ with Chelsea and United with the report suggesting it could take a bid of £54 million to convince PSG to let the Uruguayan striker league the Ligue 1 champions.
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