News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has been named club captain by manager Louis van Gaal today. The Dutch coach stated he was ‘impressed’ with the England No.10’s attitude.
“For me it’s always very important the choice of captain. Wayne has shown a great attitude towards everything he does. I have been very impressed by his professionalism and his attitude to training and to my philosophy,” explained the boss.
Rooney expressed his thanks for the manager’s faith in him and stated it was an honour to be handed the armband following the departure of Nemanja Vidic.
“It is a huge honour for me – and for my family – to be named captain of this great club. It is a role I will perform with great pride. Team spirit has always been very high in our dressing room and I am very grateful to the manager for the faith he has shown in me,” he said.
Midfielder Darren Fletcher has been named as vice-captain of the squad and he stated he is proud of his acknowledgement:
“I am delighted to have been named as vice-captain. It’s a very proud moment for me and my family.”
The full list of United’s squad numbers for the 2014/15 season have been released via the club’s official website. Luke Shaw will wear No.3, Ander Herrera No.21, Adnan Januzaj the No.11 formerly occupied by Ryan Giggs, along with three other changes.
The full list is: 1. De Gea; 2. Rafael; 3. Shaw; 4. Jones; 6. Evans; 8. Mata; 10. Rooney; 11. Januzaj; 12. Smalling; 13. Lindegaard; 14. Chicharito; 16. Carrick; 17. Nani; 18. Young; 19. Welbeck; 20. van Persie; 21. Herrera; 22. Powell; 23. Cleverley; 24. Fletcher; 25. Valencia; 26. Kagawa; 28. Anderson; 29. Zaha; 30. Varela; 31. Fellaini; 34. Lawrence; 35. Lingard; 36. Vermijl; 38. M Keane; 39. Thorpe; 40. Amos; 41. James; 42. Blackett; 45. Petrucci; 46. Rothwell; 48. W Keane; 49. Wilson; 50. Johnstone
Rooney missed a first-half penalty but Darren Fletcher opened the scoring against the Spaniards before substitute Marouane Fellaini scored United’s late winner in the friendly.
Breaking news this evening is that Luke Shaw has been ruled out for a month after the new signing suffered a hamstring injury during their comeback against Valencia.
In transfer news, United have made a £15 million bid for Argentina defender Marcos Rojo of Sporting Lisbon and, as reported on Tuesday, the player has handed in a transfer request in the Portuguese capital but The Independent reports than United have ‘no interest’ in Juan Cuadrado after reports have linked the Colombia winger with a move from Fiorentina to Old Trafford this summer.
M.E.N reports that Marcos Rojo has been disciplined by Sporting Lisbon for his ‘unprofessional’ conduct following United’s bid for the defender with reports now suggesting this now increases the Red Devils’ chances of signing the player.
Elsewhere, United remain linked with Angel Di Maria who is still the subject of speculation over the Argentina winger’s future at Real Madrid. However, The Independent suggests a deal is not presently expected to be completed.
This comes as The Express claims United are ‘in talks’ to sign Angel Di Maria for a fee quoted as £50 million.
The club also remain linked with interest in Ajax defender Daley Blind of the Netherlands national team.
In other news, as was initially reported on Tuesday, United have banned iPads from Old Trafford, with confirmation today that the new regulations of prohibited items extends to all tablet devices and laptops.
"The regulations at each stadium are a matter for the relevant stadium management authorities, however, the scale of Old Trafford and profile of Manchester United mean that the risk at this venue is unique," read an official statement from the club.