News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
Sir Alex Ferguson has pointed to Real Madrid and former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho as a strong candidate to take over the reigns from him at United. But, while the manager spoke candidly in glowing terms about his former rival, the also insisted he wasn’t ready to retire any time soon.
“He can manage anywhere, absolutely,” said Ferguson.
“I’m not going to put any forecasts on what is going to happen at this club. I won’t last forever, but Jose can manage anywhere. There is no question about that.”
Mourinho, in turn, responded today, playing down the speculation that he’ll succeed the Scot upon his retirement, saying:
“His succession isn’t near. It should be in 10 years or so.”
Meanwhile, Nemanja Vidic is set to return for United’s derby clash with Manchester City. The Serbian has been out for two months with a knee injury, leaving United without their captain and best defender. He could be ready to take part in United’s final Champion’s League group game against FCR Cluj-Napoca on Wednesday evening.
"I’m hopeful maybe Vidic will play [against Cluj]. I think there’s a good chance he will but it depends on how he feels himself,” said Ferguson.
Meanwhile Darren Fletcher has been talking up United’s chances of revenge over Manchester City for their double over the Red Devils last season.
“It is about time we got a result against them," said Fletcher in an interview with the Manchester Evening News.
Meanwhile, United are being linked, albeit somewhat tenuously, with January transfer moves for Wesley Sneijder and Mario Gotze. According to reports, Ferguson is ready to make a €35 million move for the Borussia Dortmund star.
Wesley Sneijder’s stalling contract talks at Inter Milan have also attracted the interest of United who could be inclined to re-ignite their interest in the Dutch playmaker.
In more injury news, Anderson looks set to miss up to a month following a hamstring injury picked up in United’s 4-3 victory over Reading on Saturday. The 24-year-old was taken on just before half time having scored in the 13th minute.
And finally, Sir Alex Ferguson is hoping for business as usual this December as his team looks to build on their recent performances.
"It's generally a good month for us. We usually get ourselves to the New Year in a challenging position, and that's where you want to be.”
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