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

Manchester United host Manchester City this evening in the Manchester derby at Old Trafford.

In team news, Robin van Persie remains out injured and captain Nemanja Vidic remains suspended but the boss would not confirm the fitness status of defenders Jonny Evans, Rio Ferdinand and Chris Smalling. 

Antonio Valencia is also a doubt, according to Sky Sports with City captain Vincent Kompany set to return for the visitors after serving his suspension.

Moyes has admitted he is disappointed with himself after the team’s failings this season.

"I've got a winning mentality and that's what I wanted to do, so I'm disappointed with myself and I'm disappointed that we've been unable to do that," explained the boss.

Moyes also hopes summer signing Marouane Fellaini can emulate the threat of Manchester City’s midfielders by scoring more goals in the future for United.

"We've got good midfield players. I still think Fellaini can get some goals. He was unlucky at West Ham when he could have scored a header and maybe you could argue he deserved a penalty kick when he went through at the end,” he explained.

"He's beginning to show signs he can get some goals for us as well but I do agree City have very good midfield players who are goalscorers."

Meanwhile, club legend Sir Bobby Charlton insists David Moyes is the right man for the job at Old Trafford.

Despite his admission that the Red Devils have played “really, really badly” this term under the new manager, Charlton insisted:

"It doesn't mean we are going to change everything. I'm absolutely certain that we picked the right man."

In transfer news, United remain linked with William Carvalho but could face competition from French giants Monaco to sign the Sporting Lisbon midfielder.

Meanwhile, The Guardian reports that United will offer Phil Jones a new contract to tie the England defender to the club beyond his current deal, which expires in two years, believing the youngster is vital to David Moyes’ rebuilding plans at Old Trafford.

In other news, sportswear manufacturer Umbro are in talks to ‘wrestle’ back the rights to United’s kit deals from Nike, according to The Independent. The Manchester-based company are hopeful that recent meetings in New York with club chiefs can result in a new deal between the club and the sportswear giant to make United’s kits in the future.

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