Manchester United Latest News – Juventus and AC Milan monitors Vidic, Fellaini to play for Belgium despite injury, while Januzaj remains undecided about his international career.
Juventus and AC Milan are monitoring Vidic’s contractual situation
According to latest reports from Italy Juventus have joined AC Milan in their quest to sign Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic.
Vidic, who joined the English club back in 2006, has made 271 appearances for United so far. He has been a key player under Sir Alex and has already won five Premier League titles and a Champions League during his stint. But the former Serbian international’s current contract expires in June and talks for an extension are yet to get under way. This has led to a lot of speculations regarding his future with AC Milan, and now Juventus, monitoring his situation.
Juventus have been interested in Vidic for a long time but have found it hard to make a move for him, considering his stature at the English club. But with the defender entering the last year of his contract, they hope to lure him to Turin either in January or next season.
But both the Italian clubs will find it hard to convince Manchester United into letting go of their club captain. Vidic has been a charismatic and inspirational player for his side and has almost gained an iconic status among the fans. It is believed that David Moyes is keen to retain him and one of the possible reason behind the delay in signing a new contract is because neither of the parties involved feel it is a pressing need at the moment. If and when Manchester United offer him an extension, Vidic is expected to sign across the dotted line.
Moreover with Rio Ferdinand approaching the fag end of his footballing career, United will now be in need of Vidic’s experience and quality to guide the young defenders in the squad. It seems highly unlikely that AC Milan or Juventus will succeed with their attempt to sign the Serb.
Marouane Fellaini to play for Belgium despite wrist injury
After their recent victory against Sunderland at the Stadium of lights, Manchester United manager David Moyes revealed that new signing Marouane Fellaini has picked up a wrist injury in their match against Shakhtar and will have to undergo a surgery.
“He’s got a wrist injury. He’s going to see a specialist. It doesn’t sound too good but we’ll wait and find out on Monday.” – Moyes said.
Initial reports suggested that the midfielder could be out till December after undergoing the surgery. But now Belgium manager Marc Wilmots has suggested that Fellaini might play a part in their match against Croatia on Friday.
“Marouane Fellaini should be able to play for Belgium against Croatia in Zagreb on Friday. Marouane has suffered wrist ligament injury and will have to undergo surgery. He will join the squad and train on Tuesday with a splint.
“As far as I am concerned, in principle he is able to play Friday. This does not mean that he will automatically play. I have not heard from Manchester United asking that the operation should be as quickly as possible.” – Wilmots said.
Adnan Januzaj yet to decide his international future
The 18-year-old has grabbed the headlines for the past few days, mostly due to his superb performance against Sunderland and an expiring contract. Januzaj is reportedly be courted by a lot of big clubs, including Barcelona and Manchester City, and the fans are desperately urging the club to extend his contract immediately. This situation has also created a lot of debate in social media regarding how Paul Pogba and Ravel Morrison left the club and whether there will be a repeat of that in Januzaj’s case.
Tony Park, a famous Manchester United youth historian, has written and article on this and he believes that this situation is different from that of Pogba or Morrison, who left the club for different reasons. Pogba left because “left because he/his agent were impatient and wanted to dictate terms to the club”, while Morrison’s off field problems made him untenable. But Tony Park points out how Januzaj is different.
“Januzaj has made it tough for Moyes to ignore him. He has put greater power into his negotiation kitbag. His performance on the pitch, and his attitude off of it, has allowed him (and his advisors) to lay down the gauntlet to the club. Something neither Pogba nor Morrison were able to do.” – He wrote.
Meanwhile, there is also a tug of war for Januzaj among few international sides as he is eligible to play for both Belgium and England, among others. Reports suggest that both the English FA and Belgium football organisation is desperate to convince him to represent their respective nations on the international stage. But Januzaj has said that he is not concentrating on his international career as of now and his only aim is to give his best for the club.
“At the moment, international football isn’t something that I’ve thought a lot about.
“I know that, first, I have to concentrate on what I do for United, because that is the most important part of my career right now.
“I want to play well for United and give everything for my club.” – The Manchester United youngster said in an interview.