A round-up of stories relating to Manchester United over the past 24 hours.
United assistant manager Mike Phelan has spoken of United’s participation in the Capital One Cup and although United will make wholesale changes for tonight’s game against Newcastle, Phelan insists Manchester United are aiming to win the League Cup. Phelan believes the chance to blood the younger players makes this an exciting competition for the club and hopes that the younger players will be able to showcase what they have to offer in the future.
And Phelan says he has been impressed by United’s new signings throughout this early stage of the season but warned performances must improve: ‘We’re not in a great vein of form but we’re managing to get results and that will only help us when do kick into gear and the team starts to perform as a whole.’
Following the news that Nemanja Vidic will be sidelined for two months after undergoing knee surgery, the Daily Mail reveal that Antonio Valencia left United’s Carrington training base on crutches with a protective boot around his right foot. Chris Smalling and Phil Jones remain unavailable but Wayne Rooney and Darren Fletcher should see action tonight in the Capital One Cup game against Newcastle.
Rio Ferdinand has stated that United will cope with Nemanja Vidic’s absence and reasoned that the club experienced a similar injury crisis last season and managed to compete for the title. Additionally, Ferdinand believes Jonny Evans will be able to deputise accordingly in Vidic’s absence after his performance against Liverpool on Sunday.
Russian captain and Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Igor Denisov has been forced to train with the club’s youth team after he and teammate Alexander Kerzhakov criticised the purchases of Hulk and Alex Witsel, which has alerted a host of Premier League sides including Manchester United. Should the resentment continue between club and player, United could make an offer for the player in January.
And United target Kevin Strootman has been told he will be allowed to leave in January by his club PSV Eindhoven. The 22-year-old cites his desire to prove himself in a better league as an influencing factor and United could approach the player in the January transfer window.
Sir Alex Ferguson is helping Manchester United prepare for life when he retires from the game. Ferguson will turn 71 in December and Goal.com believe that the manager is installing a succession plan for his eventual departure with Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho the only two managers that Ferguson deems capable of replacing him.
Speaking to the United Review, Nick Powell expressed his delight in being compared to Paul Scholes by manager Sir Alex Ferguson: ‘For someone like him [Ferguson] to say he thinks you can do that is amazing. What he [Scholes] has achieved in his career is more than most people can dream of – to even achieve half of what he has would be brilliant.’
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