News, views and gossip surrounding Manchester United over the past 24 hours.
Sky Sports are reporting that United are stepping up their interest in the son of one of their former midfielders, Thomas Ince, who plays for Blackpool. Ferguson is said to have 'ran the rule' over Ince in his performance against Charlton at the weekend, and they will prepare a January bid for the player.
New signing Shinji Kagawa has spoken in detail about the tactical adjustment and changes he has had to make to his game since signing for the club in the summer. He revealed how Ferguson has instructed him not to receive the ball with his back to goal, and told him to shoot more frequently.
What is up with Portuguese winger Nani? That is the question we are asking on HITC Sport today, looking at why he did not make the 18 man squad against Newcastle, with no confirmation of injury. We also confirm that the winger is officially in the doghouse, although all is not quite what it seems on that one.
Midfielder Anderson has spoken of his fears for the club when Sir Alex Ferguson eventually retires. He claims the club will lose 30-40 per cent of what makes them so successful when the 70-year-old boss walks away. Perhaps Anderson is also concerned another manager will not show the same patience with his injuries and intermittent form?
United's under-21 side drew 3-3 with Southampton last night. Jesse Lingard, Larnell Cole, and Frederic Veseli bagged the goals, and you can see Veseli's late volleyed strike here.
Former United youth team star Ravel Morrison's career continues to tread a rocky path. The attacker is on loan at Birmingham from West Ham, but reports today reveal that the Blues no longer want the problematic youngster, and wish to terminate the deal, but the Hammers would have to agree to it. He is yet to feature for the club yet this season. Morrison has taken to Twitter to deny the rumours.
There is good news for United, in that Phil Jones is nearing a first team return. He is said to be just three weeks away from action, targeting being available for the crucial game with table-topping Chelsea on October 28. The club also hope to have Chris Smalling back a week ahead of then.
Right-back Rafael will remain at the club during the international break, after being snubbed by national coach Mano Menezes, despite injuries to the country's right-backs. It is thought the Brazilian is paying the price for a defensive error during the Olympic games.
But another South American is celebrating, Angelo Henriquez, who has been called up to the Chile squad for the first time. The player was expected to play for the under-20s, but will be considered for selection against both Ecuador and Argentina in their upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
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