Sunday, March 1, 2015

Jones available for Swans trip

The England international was withdrawn in the early stages of the win over Burnley at Old Trafford with a knee problem but is available for selection at the weekend after missing the FA Cup victory at Preston North End on Monday. Robin van Persie also sat out the Deepdale encounter but, as expected, is in contention to return to the side in attack at a ground where he scored twice last term. The only absentee from the squad for the journey to Wales is Michael Carrick with the midfielder likely to return to training next week.
"They [Jones and van Persie] are fit to play," Louis van Gaal informed MUTV. "Only Carrick is still injured. I think he shall train with the group next week. I expect that, but you never know. You’ll have to wait and see." Van Gaal expects an encounter that is easy on the eye at the Liberty Stadium as Garry Monk's team have forged a good reputation for their style of play. "Swansea are a very good team," he added. "I like to see them playing. They want to play football. They want to make the game a passing game like we do, so I like that kind of football. I hope it shall be a match like that."

Friday, February 20, 2015

Marcos Rojo: I'm immersed in Manchester United

In an exclusive interview with MUTV, last summer's signing from Sporting Lisbon reflected on his time at Old Trafford so far and declared life could not be better in Manchester. “From the moment I arrived I've been immersed in the club, the history and the way the manager wants us to play,” said Rojo. "It's my first season here and I think I've fitted in well. I'm delighted with how quickly I've settled in." The Argentinian has impressed recently, after his early months with United were punctuated by injury. But Rojo won't rest and he has identified areas for personal development. “I know I have to improve a lot of things. I need to get to know the league better and our opponents' characteristics. I’m working hard to do that." A tough, determined and unflappable performer, Rojo’s performances have played a big part in helping the Reds establish one of the best defensive records in the Barclays Premier League. The 24-year-old has enjoyed the challenges he has faced thus far and says he will continue to take future tests in his stride. “I don’t get nervous really," he said. "Maybe there are some nerves every now and again before the game, but once I'm out there on the pitch, they disappear.”

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Reds will rotate squad

Sir Alex Ferguson has pledged to utilise his full squad over the hectic festive period. United go into the busy spell six points clear of champions Manchester City at the Barclays Premier League summit but facing a Sunday-Wednesday-Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday schedule that concludes with the difficult FA Cup tie at West Ham. The manager expects to be able to chop and change his team in all of the matches to ensure the Reds remain fresh going into the New Year. When asked by MUTV about exploiting his squad, he admitted: "Absolutely. No doubt. It won't be the same team in any of these games. There will be changes each game." Michael Carrick can expect to be involved despite being withdrawn during the break against Sunderland as the midfielder could be in contention to start against Swansea on Sunday. "We've got a few bumps and bruises," revealed the boss. "Carrick got a bit of a tight hamstring last week so I took him off at half time in the game against Sunderland but we're alright and not too bad in terms of player availability."

Thursday, January 26, 2012







Saturday, June 25, 2011

Manchester United will not sell Nani

Manchester United will not be offloading Nani following Ashley Young's £17million arrival at Old Trafford.

With Young signing a five-year contract with United yesterday, it has been suggested Nani's time at the club is coming to an end.

Although the Portugal winger claimed more assists than anyone else in the Premier League last term, and was named United's players' player of the year, the return of Antonio Valencia from injury in March reduced his involvement.

Nani then failed to make Sir Alex Ferguson's starting line-up for last month's Champions League final defeat to Barcelona, leading to fresh speculation about his future.

If he indicated a desire to leave United in the wake of Young's arrival from Aston Villa, there would be huge interest across Europe.

However, whilst the 24-year-old's thoughts on the situation have not been aired, Press Association Sport understands United's stance to be of a club currently building a squad, a process that does not involve allowing what they regard as key men to leave.

There will be casualties, and it is hard to see Sunderland targets Darron Gibson and Wes Brown remaining beyond the end of August.

When his squad returns to training at the start of next month though, Sir Alex Ferguson will be assuring Nani of his position in the Scot's plans for the future, and attempt to meet the challenge Barcelona set with their devastating performance at Wembley.

Certainly, Ferguson has been the most active of the big-name managers so far this summer and his spending will go beyond £50million once the deal for Atletico Madrid keeper David de Gea is completed.

De Gea will be part of the Spain side that attempts to secure the European Under-21 Championships by beating Switzerland tomorrow evening, after which it is expected the remaining loose ends of his transfer will be tied up.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

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