All the news, views and transfer rumours from Old Trafford this weekend…
Every morning we bring you a round-up of the latest news and transfer gossip 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.
Manchester United won 2-0 against Crystal Palace on Saturday, courtesy of goals from Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney.
The Dutchman scored from the spot after Patrice Evra had been fouled by Marouane Chamakh, before Rooney scored a sublime second to seal the points and celebrate his new United contract in some style.
The result meant United leapfrogged Everton into sixth in the Premier League, although David Moyes may be cursing the fact that Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool all won by a single goal in matches that could easily have swung the other way.
Rooney appeared to have coins thrown at him during the match at Selhurst Park, but speaking after the match, Moyes said, “I would have thought all these supporters would be cheering for him in three months (at the World Cup).
“It happens. He’s a top player and I don’t think it bothered Wayne.”
Speaking of Brazil 2014, England coach Roy Hodgson has been speaking to Sky Sports about Rooney’s future with his country.
“I trust Wayne,” he said. “I think even if his future hadn’t been settled in this way he could have focused on the World Cup.
“I don’t have any doubts about him but it must be nice for him to know that he’s committed his entire future of his playing years to Manchester United and England.”
And he may soon be joined in signing a new contract by Darren Fletcher.
The Daily Star Sunday reports that Fletcher is set to open talks on a new deal in the summer – possibly a 12-month rolling-contract although at this time that is mere speculation.
And finally, Rooney has been speaking about Marouane Fellaini’s performance against Palace.
The Belgian returned after nearly three months on the side-lines and the England striker told MUTV it was good to have him back.
“I thought he did really well,” Rooney said. “He’s a good player and different to anything we’ve got. He’s big and strong in the middle of the park and can get up and down the pitch.”
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