Wayne Rooney may finally make his return from an ankle injury in Manchester United’s home game against Wigan next Saturday.
Rooney has been out of action since 16 October and was originally expected to return in late November. He has been left out of the England squad for Wednesday’s friendly against France but BBC Sport reports United’s star striker may be fit for the weekend.
Assistant manager Mike Phelan said: “We will have a look and then build towards next weekend. Wayne has trained very well and we will assess him during the week. The exercise that we have put in place for him has worked well.”
Ronaldo Hints At Prem Return.
Cristiano Ronaldo has suggested that he would be open to a return to the Premier League at some point in the future, according to the Daily Mail.
Ronaldo left Old Trafford for Real Madrid in 2009 for a world-record £80m and has fully justified his fee, scoring 33 goals in his first season and with 13 to his name already in this campaign. But Ronaldo admitted that the Premier League, and Manchester United. are still very much in his thoughts.
“I miss the Premier League a lot,” he said. “Of course I have good memories about Manchester. I have good friends there and I miss them a lot, so you never know (about returning).
Sir Alex Ferguson is like a second father for me. He helped me a lot during the six years I was in Manchester, he taught me many things.”
Houllier eyes Carrick.
Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier will attempt to sign Michael Carrick in the January transfer window, according to the Sunday People.
Villa’s American owner Randy Lerner tightened the purse strings at Villa Park in the latter days of Martin O’Neill’s reign, but is reportedly set to hand his new French manager a £30m winter transfer budget as Houllier seeks to revamp the squad he inherited after O’Neill’s dramatic departure at the start of the season.
A midfielder and forward are top of Houllier’s list and he is a long-term admirer of the United man. Whether United, with an ageing Paul Scholes, freshly-injured Owen Hargreaves and continually disappointing Anderson among their midfield options, would be minded to sell is another matter entirely.