Man Utd news – Rooney out for 5 weeks, Rio to lead calls for pay-rise, No January signings

Rooney out for 5 weeks.

Manchester United have confirmed that Wayne Rooney could be out for up to five weeks.

Rooney has not played since the 16th October when he managed 30 minutes against West Brom. Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed to Sky Sports, “I think Wayne Rooney will be out for another five weeks.”

The England international will miss several important games for his club, namely the Manchester derby. Ferguson explained the time frame allowed for a full recovery, “he’ll have to pick up his fitness again. I would think five weeks should be about right.”

Rio to lead calls for pay-rise.

England captain Rio Ferdinand will demand contract talks following Wayne Rooney’s bumper pay rise.

An agent for a United player told the Sunday Mirror, “The club have left themselves wide open to demands from other top players after breaking the bank to secure Wayne Rooney’s signature.”

The paper suggests both Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic will be monitoring the situation at the club, despite both having very good contracts. The agent warns “The player himself might not go knocking on their door, but the agents representing them certainly will.”

Wayne Rooney reportedly signed a 5-year, £250,000 a week deal.

No January signings.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has ruled out making any signings in the transfer window.

Discussing his squad in the News of the World, Ferguson declared “I will have Antonio Valencia back hopefully towards the end of February which is a new player coming back. If Owen Hargreaves were to get back, that is another new player coming back. So in that respect with the squad I’ve got, I don’t see any reason for us to buy anyone.”

United have been linked with a number of players recently, but the United manager seems happy with the players at his disposal.

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