After a summer during which he seemed destined to leave Old Trafford, Wayne Rooney has enjoyed a remarkable turnaround of form, enjoying his best form of the last couple of years and proving pivotal to United’s mini-revival that has seen them going unbeaten in their last seven games in all competitions.
David Moyes, who must be grateful for the much-needed four wins in a row United have secured over the last two weeks, has praised Rooney’s contribution, hailing the 28-year-old has United’s new leader after yet another inspired performance on Saturday.
Despite making his long-awaited competitive debut for Manchester United on Tuesday, Wilfried Zaha could still be allowed to leave the club on loan in the January transfer window, with newly-promoted Cardiff City keen to secure the former Palace’s man services for the remainder of the season.
Zaha signed for United last January, but after completing his £15m from Crystal Palace to Old Trafford this summer, the 20-year-old’s opportunities have been extremely limited, despite an excellent pre-season.
Patrice Evra has demanded United win the next 10 games in a row to get kick-start their season and to give themselves a chance of entering the festive period in a good position.
After a less than auspicious start under David Moyes, United have won their last three games, beating Real Sociedad in the Champions League, Stoke in the Premier League and Norwich in the Capital One Cup – all wins coming at Old Trafford – bringing their unbeaten run to six games in all competitions.
David Beckham has hailed Roy Keane has the best captain he ever had at Manchester United and defended the Irish midfielder only a week after Fergie had publicly criticised his former captain in his autobiography.
Sir Alex had strong words for Keane and Beckham in his book – as well as for another dozen of players and managers – but his treatment of Keane was by many considered particularly harsh, taking into account the Irishman’s dedication to the United cause over 12 years at Old Trafford.
Robin Van Persie has claimed Adnan Januzaj is one of the finest talents he’s ever seen and believes the young Belgian could develop into one of the best players in the world.
So far, Januzaj has been one of the few shining lights of United’s first post-Ferguson season, scoring twice on his first start for the club against Sunderland and making an impact after coming off the bench against Stoke last Saturday. The Belgian’s performances have been impressive and, having signed a new five-year deal, many believe the Belgian should be starting regularly.
David Moyes has rushed to defend Nani after the Portuguese was booed off the pitch by sections of United fans during Saturday’s 3-2 win against Stoke City.
Nani, who had been at his frustrating best throughout the afternoon, was substituted by Adnan Januzaj after 58 minutes and the Portuguese was targeted by boos as he left the pitch, after some fans had allowed their frustration to spill over and directed their anger to the Portuguese.
David Moyes has refused to get carried away after United snatched victory from the jaws of the defeat in customary fashion against Stoke on Saturday afternoon to claim a crucial three points.
Dramatic and welcomed though it might have been, the win barely masquerade one of United’s worst performance of the season, as the Reds looked incredibly pedestrian for the first 70 minutes and could have – and perhaps should have – been more than one goal down at halftime and had to thank David De Gea for keeping the scoreline acceptable.
Wayne Rooney has expressed his delight after Sir Alex Ferguson has put the record straight in his biography, backtracking on comments that had caused months of speculations as the striker seemed on the verge of leaving United for Chelsea in the summer.
Rooney was benched for Fergie’s final game at Old Trafford and the United manager revealed the striker had submitted a transfer request, while Rooney and his agent Paul Stretford firmly denied any such request, with the striker claiming he had been left “angry” and “confused” by the club’s treatment.