Rio Ferdinand could return to the Manchester United first-team as early as Monday night to face Tottenham Hotspur, despite the fact that he was expected to be out of action for at least six weeks, The Sun has revealed.
Ferdinand picked up a hamstring injury during United’s 2-1 victory over West Brom in the opening game of the season and was told that he would be on the sidelines for the next six weeks but the 32-year-old has made an incredible recovery and could be available for the Red Devils’ match against Spurs.
Although Sir Alex Ferguson has been given some good news regarding Ferdinand, there has also been some bad news in the United camp as captain Nemanja Vidic could be out for six weeks with the groin injury he picked up at the weekend, one month longer than was previously expected.
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Nasri preferred United move.
Samir Nasri has admitted to friends that, although he close is joining Manchester City, he had his heart set on a move to United this summer, according to French newspaper Le Parisien.
Nasri has been looking for a way out of the Emirates all summer as he refused to extend his contract with Arsenal and both Manchester clubs were looking to sign the Frenchman but Arsene Wenger refused to sell one of his star players to rivals United and has had to settle for losing the 24-year-old to the Citizens.
Nasri reportedly told close friend and QPR midfielder Adel Taarabt that he had hoped to join Manchester United, Real Madrid and Barcelona and that Roberto Mancini’s side were his fourth choice.
A friend was quoted in the newspaper as saying: “With United out of the chase and the Spanish big two not interested, City were all that was left for him.”
Hernandez settled in.
Javier Hernandez admits that he has found it difficult adjusting to life in Manchester but he feels being able to speak English has helped him settle in, The Daily Mail reports.
Chicharito moved to Manchester United from Mexican side Chivas Guadalajara for £7m and had showed no signs that he was struggling to settle in when he scored on his debut against Chelsea in the Community Shield and went on to score 13 goals in the Premier League in his first season.
But the Mexican international insists that moving to a new country is always difficult and has admitted that there are a few things from home that he misses: “Moving to a new country is always difficult, but the fact my dad and my sister came to live with me was a huge help, that made things easier. What I miss most about Mexico isn’t the food or the customs, it’s my family and the way we’d all sit around chatting together. I spoke pretty well when I first arrived here and since then I’ve been improving bit by bit, understanding more and more and speaking better. But the truth is that knowing English was a massive help, because it meant I could communicate in the dressing room and get to know my colleagues more quickly. I’ve been treated wonderfully in Manchester and I simply need to repay that faith. I had a very good first season and I hope to be able to contribute much more.”