United morning news: Striker’s fitness hopes; Ferdinand replacement linked

A select round-up of news relating to Manchester United

The big news coming out of Manchester United last night was the imminent departure of defender Rio Ferdinand.

The 35-year-old will not be offered a new deal at Old Trafford and leaves after a hugely succesful time at the club.

Possible replacements are already being touted, with Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels tipped by the Express to replace the former England international.

Hummels would be an outstanding addition but will not come cheap; and considering Dortmund have no need to sell he may not come at all.

The Manchester Evening News has published a timeline looking back at Ferdinand’s career, and it makes for very interesting reading.

From his considerable lows to his lofty highs, it tells the story of the defender's time from his birth in 1978 through to the day it was announced he would no longer be a United player next season.

And finally, the Guardian reports that Wayne Rooney has taken two trainers on holiday with him as he aims to be at full fitness in time for England’s opening World Cup fixture against Italy next month.

The striker missed United’s final three matches of the league season with a groin injury and illness. But it appears he is working hard in his down-time to ensure the people of Brazil see the best of him this summer.

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