Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has apologised to his teammates following comments he made after Tuesday evening’s 2-0 Champions League last sixteen first leg defeat to Olympiakos, according to the Mirror.
The Dutch international had complained about his teammates running into areas he was supposed to be, but has insisted that his criticisms were aimed at himself.
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Manchester United returned to winning ways in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon, beating Aston Villa 3-0 at Villa Park.
Danny Welbeck doubled his league goals tally for the season with two quick fire goals in the first half, before Tom Cleverley put the result beyond doubt seven minutes into the second half.
Former Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo is now the odds on favourite to win this year’s Ballon d’Or after firing Portugal to next summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil.
The 28 year old scored a stunning hat-trick to secure a 3-2 victory over Sweden in the second leg of their play-off yesterday evening, in doing so replaces Bayern Munich’s Franck Ribery at the head of the market.
Manchester United will be hoping to close the gap between them and leaders Arsenal when the pair lock horns at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.
The champions are currently eight points behind the Gunners, who are unbeaten since they lost to Aston Villa on the opening day of the season, while United have already lost three times in the Premier League.
Rio Ferdinand has issued a rallying cry ahead of this weekend’s clash with Premier League leaders Arsenal, the Metro understands.
The champions currently sit in eighth place in the division, eight points behind the Gunners who are full of confidence following back to back wins over Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund.
Manchester United manager David Moyes is without defensive duo Rafael and Jonny Evans for this evening’s Champions League clash against Real Sociedad.
Both were substituted at half time in the 3-1 win over Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday afternoon and have remained in Manchester along with England pair Michael Carrick and Danny Welbeck while Tom Cleverley has made the trip despite also going off after the first forty-five minutes at the weekend with double vision.
Manchester United are set to welcome back Robin van Persie for tomorrow’s visit of Stoke City, after the striker sat out of Wednesday’s win over Real Sociedad in a bid to recover from toe and groin problems.
Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck could also return after recovering from their respective injuries.
Central defensive duo Rio Ferdinad and Nemanja Vidic are both doubtful for this evening’s visit of Real Sociedad.
Both missed the 1-1 draw with Southampton at the weekend with minor knocks, with Phil Jones and Jonny Evans deputising.
Tom Cleverley may also miss out as he struggles to recover from a calf injury, while Danny Welbeck missed the final training session ahead of the game.
However, the club have been boosted by the availability of midfielder Adnan Januzaj, who has been added to the Champions League squad as a home grown player having missed the win over Bayer Leverkusen and draw at Shakhtar Donetsk.
Three points here would see David Moyes’ men strengthen their position at the top of Group A ahead of the return match in Sociedad in a fortnight’s time.
Elsewhere, Darren Fletcher has returned to training, according to the Manchester Evening News.
The Scotland international has played just thirteen times since being diagnosed with a chronic bowel condition in December 2011, with his last game coming in the 4-3 win over Newcastle United on Boxing Day last year.
Scotland manager Gordon Strachan has also hinted that he may be nearing an international recall, after revealing that he had a positive phone conversation with the 29 year old.
Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley will be assessed ahead of tomorrow afternoon’s match with Southampton.
The 24 year old was forced to withdraw from international duty with a calf injury, but may be fit in time to feature at Old Trafford.
Tom Cleverley has been ruled out of England’s crucial World Cup qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland with a calf problem, according to Sky Sports.
The Manchester United midfielder was in line to win his twelfth cap this evening, as Roy Hodgson’s men look to take control of Group H.