Manchester United latest: Rooney criticism & Vermaelen rumours

Thomas Vermaelen Pre FA Cup Press Conference

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

Former England manager Graham Taylor has called for Wayne Rooney to be given a ‘central role’ by Roy Hodgson following criticism of the Manchester United No.10’s performance in the Three Lions' defeat to Italy on Saturday.

“I am not so certain Wayne likes playing wide," Taylor told the BBC. "I would prefer to see him up front because that is his best position."

Meanwhile, Danny Welbeck has praise Rooney as a ‘class act’ and suggested that he has dealt well with being deployed out of his preferred position by Hodgson for England.

"Wazza is a class player and wherever he is playing on the pitch he can make a massive impact," Welbeck explained.

"When he is on that pitch, he can make a difference. It can be quite frustrating at times for anyone playing out of position but that's football and you've just got to deal with it."

Elsewhere, Robin van Persie has moved to play down ‘hype’ over the Netherlands’ 5-1 victory over Spain last week.

“The tournament has barely started yet. We achieved an impressive result but we have a long way to go to win this tournament,” explained the striker.

Meanwhile, Spain have confirmed that David de Gea has suffered an injury and could miss the rest of the tournament in Brazil.

In transfer news, reports have emerged that United have agreed to sign Thomas Vermaelen for a weekly wage of £100,000 for the Arsenal captain.

However, Vermaelen’s agent has denied these claims, insisting that no deal is in place with United or any other club. Reports suggest the Red Devils could sign the Gunners skipper for around £10 million after the Belgian international became something of a peripheral figure at the Emirates last season.

Meanwhile, The Mirror reports that United's hopes of signing Toni Kroos could be ‘dashed’ by Chelsea, who are reportedly interested in the Germany attacker.

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