United midfielder Anderson has told the club’s website that the team must do better this year following last season’s trophyless disappointment. Anderson admitted that the team were ‘sad’ after losing their Premier League trophy to Manchester City but insisted that they have learnt from their experiences and are now determined to reclaim the trophy. The 24-year-old went on to say that new signings Shinji Kagawa and Robin Van Persie have added a lot of quality to the squad and hopes their arrival will benefit the club as a whole.
The Sun’s Dan King is reporting that United chief executive David Gill is to propose new plans for a winter break in the Premier League. A crowded fixture list and broadcaster demands has meant any previous proposals have never come to fruition but Gill believes the problem could be overcome if half the league play whilst the other half rest for two weeks in December and then vice-versa at a later date. Gill is yet to officially share his plans and it remains to see whether clubs would see the benefits of the scheme.
Phil Jones will be sidelined for a minimum of two months as he recovers from knee surgery. Jones suffered the injury in training in pre-season and underwent a procedure on a knee meniscus tear on the weekend but the club have announced that he will have to undergo rehabilitation for eight weeks before he returns to the first-team fold.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has told the club’s scouts to intensify their efforts in Central and South America. “Our scouting there has increased. We've got an operative in Mexico, two in Brazil and four South American scouts now,” he told club magazine Inside United. United recently signed Angelo Henriquez from Chile, which follows the signings of Javier Hernandez and twins Rafael and Fabio.
Inter midfielder Wesley Sneijder has underlined his commitment to the club saying he wants to stay in Milan until, as a minimum, 2015 when his contract expires. The Dutchman has been linked with a move to Manchester United in the last two years but asserted that he had never thought about leaving Internazionale. The 28-year-old playmaker also had good words to say about new head coach Andrea Strammaccioni who he believes is a man who ‘understands players’.
And finally, young winger Robbie Brady will make his international debut for the Republic Ireland tomorrow night. He is the record scorer for the ROI's under-21 side, and it will be a major chance to make a name for himself and even stake a claim for a first team spot at Old Trafford.
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