Manchester United latest: Rooney eyes captaincy & defender criticises play-actors

News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.

Manchester United host Liverpool at Old Trafford this Sunday with team news to follow later this week.

Ahead of the clash, former Liverpool and England striker Robbie Fowler stated United have ‘lost their fear factor’ since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson.

"A few teams have gone to Old Trafford and got results this season," he told the Liverpool Echo.

"It has lost that fear factor. United had it for a number of years.”

Meanwhile, United and England No.10 Wayne Rooney is targeting the captain’s armband for both club and country in the future.

I would take it with both hands. However, it is down to the manager, because it's his decision on whoever he feels is the right person to lead the team. I'm sure he'll make that decision when the time comes,” Rooney explained.

"It'd be a great honour to captain my country but, again, it's the manager's call and I'm sure he'll have a few contenders."

In transfer news, the Daily Mail suggests United are chasing Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata who is also a target for Arsenal and Tottenham this summer.

Reports continue to link United with Toni Kroos who admitted this week a move is a ‘possibility’ for the Bayern Munich ace.

United are also linked with Barcelona midfielder and former Arsenal man Alex Song who is eyeing a return to the Premier League.

The M.E.N also discusses the latest transfer gossip regarding Javier Hernandez, Fabio Coentrao and Layvin Kurwaza this week.

In other news, United veteran Rio Ferdinand has hit out at ‘embarrassing' play-actors in the game.

After going to the Eng vs Wales rugby game..watching a footballer roll around after a little tap on the face as if poll axed is embarrassing,” the defender posted on Twitter.

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