Arooj (arooj) wrote in ontd_football,

Manchester United News Roundup.

• Manager 'not discussing any of my players' personal lives'
• United play Rooney's old club, Everton, tomorrow

Wayne Rooney 

Sir Alex Ferguson has refused to discuss Wayne Rooney's off-field problems.

The Manchester United and England striker has been at the centre of newspaper allegations about his private life. United are away to Rooney's former club, Everton, tomorrow. There has been speculation over whether the 24-year-old will play. The Everton and England defender Phil Jagielka said that Rooney could expect a hostile reception at Goodison Park.

Ferguson said: "Let's put it to bed straight away. I am not discussing any of my players' personal lives."

The Brazilian midfielder Anderson is unlikely to play tomorrow after picking up an injury while playing for the reserves last night.

"Anderson came off with a little niggle yesterday but it is nothing serious," said Ferguson. "It is just the fact he has been out for a long time and he is just coming back. I don't think it will knock him back any length of time."

England striker Wayne Rooney and his wife Coleen have asked the media to respect their privacy amid allegations about his private life.

"The last six days have been extremely painful for us and for our families," the couple said in a statement.

They added that it was impossible for them "to attempt to resolve any issues in the current media glare".

The Rooneys' statement, released six days after the first allegations were published by the News of the World, added that they were facing a "backdrop of so many inaccurate and intrusive stories".


Manchester United's Paul Scholes is Premier League player of the month

• Midfielder wins award for fourth time
• Chelsea's Carlo Ancelotti is manager of the month

Paul Scholes 

Paul Scholes has been named as the Barclays Player of the Month for August. The midfielder's Manchester United team are unbeaten in the Premier League. The former England player shone in United's first match of the season, setting up goals for Dimitar Berbatov and Ryan Giggs in a 3-0 win over Newcastle United at Old Trafford.

He continued his great form with his 150th goal for the club, a drive from the edge of the area to give United the lead in a 2-2 draw at Fulham. He ended the month by playing a key role in a 3-0 home win over West Ham United.

The 35-year-old midfielder has won the award four times, once fewer than Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard. Alan Shearer, Cristiano Ronaldo, Frank Lampard, Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp have also won the award four times.

The Chelsea manager, Carlo Ancelotti, won the Barclays Manager of the Month award. The Premier League champions scored 14 goals without reply as they took nine points from three matches.


Gary Neville admits 'hatred' for Liverpool and derides Manchester City

• Neville says he respects Liverpool despite despising them
• Mocks clubs trying to succeed by 'throwing money at it'

Gary Neville 

Gary Neville's public dislike of Manchester City has resurfaced as he made a candid admission of his "hatred" for Liverpool but also acknowledged that he has more respect for them than the club Sir Alex Ferguson derided as Manchester United's "noisy neighbours".

Neville was prominently involved in the hostilities between the two Manchester clubs last season, caught making a one-fingered sign towards Carlos Tevez as the City striker celebrated scoring against his former club in the Carling Cup semi-final. The former England defender was also given an official warning by the Football Association for the way he celebrated Michael Owen's stoppage-time winner in the league meeting at Old Trafford, running along the touchline to goad City's supporters.

His latest remarks are likely to go down badly at both Anfield and Eastlands, with Chelsea possibly implicated as well, but Neville has never hidden his feelings for United's rivals and did not shy away when asked whether it was true he hated Liverpool. "When I was younger there was no doubt about it," he said. "I was a United fan, they [Liverpool] were winning everything and it was a horrible time for my club, to be honest, through the 70s and 80s.

"I suppose it came from jealousy through my childhood – jealousy, hatred, passion for your own club. You don't want them [Liverpool] to win anything, and you don't like the people who are winning, just like I've seen in the last 15 or 16 years, from a good side, everybody is now 'we all hate Man United' – and they hate Man United because we are winning."

It was here that Neville made what can be taken only as a thinly-veiled reference to City, the biggest spenders in English football for the past two years.

"I have more respect for Liverpool, in a sense of their tradition and their history, than I do some of the other clubs that have come on the scene in the last few years, throwing a load of money at it." He then added pointedly: "They [Liverpool] have got a good history – you have to hand it to them – and they have been successful."

Neville's comments fall into line with a career in which he has frequently courted controversy but, by his own admission, is probably now in its final season. "Two years ago I thought it would be my last season. Last year I felt the same. I recognise this one could be as well. I am on a one-year contract. If I don't perform or the club don't want me anymore, I will be gone. That is life. In the 19 years I have been here, it has happened to better players."



Manchester United's Michael Carrick out with achilles injury

• Sir Alex Ferguson says 29-year-old out for three weeks
• Midfielder has not made Premier League start this season

Michael Carrick 

Michael Carrick has been ruled out of action for three weeks with an achilles tendon injury.

The Manchester United midfielder has made only one Premier League appearance this season, replacing Paul Scholes late on in a 3-0 win against West Ham United at Old Trafford on 28 August. He started the Community Shield victory over Chelsea before the start of the league season.

Carrick, 29, was a member of Fabio Capello's England squad at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa but did not take the field. He was an unused substitute for the recent Euro 2012 qualifying victories against Bulgaria and Switzerland.

It means Carrick will miss tomorrow's visit to Everton and the home matches against Rangers and Liverpool that follow in a busy week.

Ferguson had some good news to impart, however, as he will have Rio Ferdinand available for the first time this season.The defender has made a quicker than expected recovery from the knee injury he suffered on the first day of World Cup training in South Africa.

"Rio Ferdinand could have played for the reserves against Stockport last night," said Ferguson. "He wanted to play but his training performances are so good I didn't see any point.

"He is in the squad. With three games this week, it is good that he is back in the fold."


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