Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic have been warned that they will have to fight to get their positions back in the heart of the United defence, The Sun reports.
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson fielded the second-youngest side in the club’s Premier League history, with an average age of 23 years and 191 days, and that included defenders Chris Smalling and Phil Jones. Both Smalling and Jones excelled, along with Jonny Evans, and Ferdinand and Vidic both face a problem to get back into the side once they return from their injuries.
Ferguson said: ‘Rio and Nemanja are aware of the abilities of the young players. There is no question about that. When they are both fit, or one of them is, I will have a decision to make’.
Smalling, Jones and Evans impressed in the 3-0 win over Tottenham at Old Trafford on Monday night and they could be in line to retain their places for this weekend’s clash against Arsenal.
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Youngsters U21 call.
Manchester United trio Phil Jones, Danny Welbeck and Ben Amos have been called into the England under 21 squad for the games against Azerbaijan and Israel, manutd.com reports.
Defender Jones played for Stuart Pearce’s side in the under 21 European Championships this summer and is a candidate to captain his country for the upcoming fixtures. Welbeck has been involved in the last two senior squads for England manager Fabio Capello, but is an initial forward in the under 21 squad. Goalkeeper Amos will compete with Jack Butland and Declan Rudd for the number one spot under Pearce.
The Azerbaijan fixture is a European Championship qualifier for 2013 and will take place at Vicarage Road, the home of Championship side Watford. Israel will host the upcoming European Championships and provide friendly opposition at Oakwell, which is the home of Barnsley.
Manchester United winger Nani is excited at the prospect of terrorising defenders this season and is relishing the responsibility he has now been given, manutd.com reports.
The Portuguese winger, signed from Sporting Libson back in 2007, is one of the main focal points of the United attack and has shown his calibre with a series of impressive performances to begin the new season. Now, Nani is looking to push on and show all his capabilities in a red shirt.
Nani said: ‘For me, last season was fantastic and this is a big chance to show I can do much more, that I’m a good player with a very strong mentality. I always work hard to be successful and I like to help my team, so we can win titles as well’.
Last season’s players player of the season also spoke about receiving the award, adding: ‘It was very important for me inside the dressing room with my team-mates. It showed me that now everyone knows my position inside, on the team and how important they think I am. It shows how much responsibility I have and that’s making me more confident, making me happier.’