Manchester United latest: Rooney status & Fabegas update

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

Manchester United coach and former player Phil Neville insists England would be foolish to omit Wayne Rooney from the starting XI in Brazil at the World Cup this summer.

"Don't like all these drop Rooney quotes - he's our best striker (world class) and the person we need in our team/scoring for England to do well!" he wrote on Twitter.

In transfer news, The Metro claims United have ‘outbid’ Arsenal and Chelsea for Cesc Fabregas in what is shaping up to a race to sign the Barcelona midfielder.

Reports originating in Spain suggest United’s opening bid is £34 million, Chelsea’s is £32 million and Arsenal’s is £29 million.

However, The Mirror suggests Chelsea ‘lead the race’ for Fabregas with the Spain international’s camp reportedly claiming Arsenal are not interested in signing their former captain.

The Express states United are lining up a £65 million bid for Luis Suarez in an attempt to beat Real Madrid to sign the Liverpool striker with the highest goal tally in the Premier League last term.

In other news, Chelsea youngster Kurt Zouma claims he turned down the chance to sign for United, opting instead to join the Blues in January.

"I really wanted to go to Chelsea. Did I have other offers? Yes, there were Internazionale, Monaco and Manchester United. All those clubs called," he revealed.

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