A round-up of stories relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
Sir Alex Ferguson revealed that Antonio Valencia’s ankle injury is not as serious as first reported and that the winger should be in line for a return against Cluj next week. The winger however will not be available for the weekend’s game against Tottenham and nor will defender Chris Smalling who is yet to play this season although the United manager was positive that the young defender will be available following October’s international break. After starting against Newcastle in United’s midweek Capital One Cup match, Darren Fletcher is unlikely to start this weekend but may be called upon from the bench.
And Ferguson is hoping that his two fit centre-halves, Rio Ferdinand and Johnny Evans, will remain available for the next two games after which United may have more options at the position: ‘We just hope if we can get through the next two league games it will give us a little breather and we can start to get one or two of them back’.
Sir Alex Ferguson commented on Andre Villas-Boas’ position at Tottenham and believes the young manager ‘has a challenge’. Ferguson, whilst acknowledging that Villas-Boas only lasted at Chelsea for nine months, stated that Villas-Boas will continue Tottenham’s tradition of good football and was hopeful that the Portuguese will perform well in an industry that is unyielding to young managers.
Upon John Terry’s international retirement and subsequent charge by the FA for a racial slur aimed at Anton Ferdinand, Sir Alex Ferguson feels that it is unlikely England manager Roy Hodgson will recall Rio Ferdinand. Ferguson also asserted that he had not spoken to Rio Ferdinand about the situation and does not know if his defender will accept a recall.
Wayne Rooney lauded United’s striking options and believes the abundance of attacking talent will only benefit the team in the course of the season: ‘There is a lot of competition up front. It’s great for the team’. And Rooney was confident of continuing Manchester United’s good run of results against Tottenham when the two sides face each other this weekend.
Tom Cleverley has warned opposing teams that Manchester United are out to win comprehensively this season. United lost last season’s Premier League on goal difference and Cleverley is adamant that United will not make the same mistake and will look to score several goals against teams despite the winning margin. Cleverley is also of the opinion that Chelsea and Arsenal will be strong contenders for the title following the start each side have made.
Tribalfootball are speculating that Kevin-Prince Boateng leads a host of AC Milan players who are unhappy with the operation of the club following a summer of star departures and is reluctant to negotiate a new contract. Sir Alex Ferguson is still seeking a midfielder and the website believe Boateng could be tempted by a move to Old Trafford.
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