Mame Biram Diouf has been strongly linked with a move away from the club, with Blackpool and Blackburn apparently interested in signing him on a permanent basis.

Diouf joined the club 18 months ago but has spent a whole season on loan at Blackburn, with his highlights including a hattrick against Norwich in the League Cup and scoring against Arsenal in his first start for the club.

The striker is currently on tour with United in America and is keen to dismiss rumours that he is leaving.

“I never heard anything about that,” said Diouf. “I am here. People are just saying things. I have to know before anyone else. It is not a big deal. I am confident I can play at Manchester United. Why not? You always have to think positively. You always have to do your best. I spent last season at Blackburn, which was a good experience for me. It helped me play some games in the Premier League. Now I am ready. The competition is really hard and I know I will have to take my chances. We will see what is going to happen but I want to stay. I have to show the manager why that should happen.”

With Wayne Rooney, Chicharito, Dimitar Berbatov, Michael Owen, Danny Welbeck and Federico Macheda all in the squad for next season, it is hard to see where there is room for Diouf.