Manchester United latest: Arsenal build-up and Cleverley comments

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Manchester United take on Arsenal at the Emirates on Wednesday evening with both sides looking to bounce back after disappointing results at the weekend.

In team news, Adnan Januzaj could start against the Gunners but Phil Jones and Marouane Fellaini are expected to miss the clash.

David Moyes believes United are still a ‘top side’ and insists they have the quality to be involved in next season’s Champions League, despite their 2-2 draw with Fulham.

"We’ll go and play. We are a top side and hopefully we’ll go and show that we are, play well and do everything we can to pick up the three points,” he said ahead of Wednesday’s game at the Emirates.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has backed David Moyes as the right man for the job with the champions and called for patience ahead of the clash at the Emirates.

"When a person has been at a club for such a long time, it's always a void created when he goes," said Wenger.

"But I believe Moyes, if given time, will do that perfectly."

Meanwhile, Newcastle manager Alan Pardew aims to overtake United this term and admitted he ‘celebrated’ Fulham’s equaliser at Old Trafford on Sunday.

"Manchester United's result cheered me up," he said.

“It gives us a chance to try and catch them and, if we finish above Manchester United that would be a hell of an achievement for this club.”

Veteran defender Rio Ferdinand has been included in the squad David Moyes plans to take on a ‘rigorous’ training camp trip to Dubai.

Midfielder Tom Cleverley believes he is a ‘scapegoat’ for United’s struggles this term. The England international believes he often goes ‘under the radar’ and has called for the fans to back him.

"When I first started getting singled out, it stung," the midfielder told the Mirror.

"But it's something you have got to learn to take when the team is not doing well.”

"I would like the fans on my side and it hurts a little bit when you have grown up at the club and love the club every bit as much as the supporters,” he added.

“I feel I've been made a scapegoat a little bit. A few people in the media certainly seem to have a perception of me not doing much in the team.”

Former club captain Roy Keane has ‘accused’ United of ‘cutting corners’ in the transfer market. The Irishman also asserted his belief David Moyes needs to make ‘five or six’ new signings this summer.

"They've kind of cut corners in terms of transfers in the last few years, they've not gone out and got the big players, and it's just caught up with them this year," the former skipper told ITV.

"I think Man United need five or six players. If it happens in the summer then instead of being fearful of it, embrace it – it's exciting. These can be exciting times for Man United. Get them back to the very top where they belong."

Elsewhere, Mexico manager Miguel Herrera claims Javier Hernandez is ‘frustrated’ at Old Trafford with his lack of opportunities under David Moyes ahead of the World Cup this summer.

"He seemed well but he is a bit frustrated because he doesn't play despite training well and the truth is that when he does play, he makes a huge effort on the pitch," he told Raza Deportiva.

"He is a bit frustrated because the current manager doesn't give him many chances, but he is committed and doing what he can to become a starter.”

In other news, the club have ‘frozen’ the price of their season tickets for next season. Tickets for the 2014/15 season will range between £532 and £950.

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