A round-up of stories relating to Manchester United over the past 24 hours.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson admitted that United were disappointing in their 2-1 win over Liverpool on Sunday but he chose to focus on the positives of winning at Anfield for the first time in five years. Ferguson remarked that he felt the decision to send off Jonjo Shelvey was correct and played down an altercation of words with the Liverpool player as he was sent off.
And Ferguson hopes Sunday’s match set an example of appropriate behaviour for future games against Liverpool. The manager believes that the taunting between club supporters has at times been excessive but is confident that yesterday’s behaviour of fans will represent a ‘line in the sand’ in relations between the two clubs.-
Patrice Evra expressed his elation following the win against Liverpool at Anfield. Evra mentions that Anfield provides him with the best sensation when United win. Evra also commented on his handshake with Luis Suarez and asserted that he shook Suarez’ hand as a mark of respect for the two clubs believing it was the only right gesture he could make in light of the circumstances.
Ryan Giggs revealed his content in winning the three points but conceded that United had performed poorly throughout the game. ‘I think in the last three or four years, we’ve come here played a lot better and lost.’
United are reportedly monitoring Malaga midfielder Isco. The Spanish 20-year-old could be available at £16m due to a minimum release clause in his contract and Malaga manager Manuel Pellegrini suggested Isco could leave the club soon but United face competition for the prospect from the likes of Juventus and Liverpool.
According to Spanish source Merca Futbol, Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova is interested in bringing United defender Nemanja Vidic to the Nou Camp. The source claims that Vidic is available at just £12m and Vilanova wants to increase his defensive options after seeing Gerard Pique and Carlos Puyol struggle with injuries over the past year.
Vidic, who did not feature in the 2-1 over Liverpool, should be ready for next week’s home game against Tottenham Hotspur. Sir Alex Ferguson revealed that Vidic, who last year suffered a anterior cruciate ligament injury, was ‘feeling a bit tight round about his knee’ and consequently withdrew him from his team. United face Newcastle in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday but Vidic is unlikely to feature then.
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