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United News and Links: 18 November

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Surgery for Danny Welbeck?

Alex Livesey

  • Another day, another injury to one of United's England stars. Sky Sports first broke the news Saturday night and it looks like Danny Welbeck may require "keyhole" surgery on his knee remedy an on-going cartilage problem. The operation would keep Welbeck, who has missed United's last six matches, out a further five weeks.
  • Remember that Marouane Fellaini eventually needs to have surgery on his injured wrist. Fellaini has been playing through the pain for a while, and plans to have the surgery--which according to the Belgium team doctor "isn't urgent" but would require two weeks to recover--when United have a more relaxed period in December or January. With fellow midfielders Jones and Carrick both on the injury table, he certainly won't want to sit out now.
  • We also got some more insight into former assistant coach Rene Meulensteen's surprising exit from the club. It had previously been reported that Meulensteen's hands-on coaching role was made obsolete by the arrival of new manager David Moyes, who takes a much more active day-to-day training role than late-stage Fergie. But Meulensteen told the Daily Mirror Saturday that "most people will scratch their head when they hear what my wages were as Sir Alex's assistant". Best of luck to Rene, and we'll see if he can help his fellow Dutchman Martin Jol turn things as Fulham's new assistant manager.
  • Eric Djemba-Djemba told the Guardian that people still call him Eric Cantona when he goes back to Cameroon. Oh boy. Sure, we've had Manucho, Bebe, and Obertan since, but Djemba-Djemba has always been one of my favorite Sir Alex transfer flops.
  • The Manchester Evening News partly debunked the "United turn it on after Christmas" myth. While United do win a higher percentage of their games in January and February, they perform just as well in May as in August. Basically, we're good all the time.
  • Watch the trailer for The Class of '92, a new film about the swashbuckling United youth team of that year that went on to form the nucleus of the 1999 treble winning side. Paul Scholes even smiles!
  • Tired of unfounded United transfer rumors? Well, you may have two fewer to worry about. Miralem Pjanic claims he is staying at Roma despite interest from United and Man City, and Andres Iniesta is getting closer to signing a new contract at Barca. We've also got the usual tattle about Baines, Strootman, and Di Maria.
  • Newcastle are interested in taking Wilf Zaha on loan in the winter window. I know many of you would like to see Zaha getting regular games, but should he be allowed to leave in January?
  • Ravel Morrison did this... Keep an eye out for a longer TBB article about departed starlets Ravel, Paul, and Mats in the coming days.