News, views, and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has accused Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew of being a ‘hypocrite’ in the wake of United’s 4-3 victory over Newcastle on Wednesday, during which Ferguson criticised the linesman and the referee Mike Dean for giving Newcastle’s second goal, which he believed should have been disallowed.
The FA have chosen to take no further action against Ferguson for his tirade but Pardew felt the authority should have punished the United boss for his outburst.
"Pardew is the worst for haranguing referees. His whole staff [do it] every game."
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has also commented on the incident, which he believes Ferguson should have faced punishment for, but he conceded that managers, including himself, "sometimes go overboard".
In team news, United duo Danny Welbeck and Ashley Young could be fit and available for selection for United’s clash with West Brom on Saturday.
Wayne Rooney is out with knee ligament damage incurred in training earlier this week, while Ferguson has doubts that Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes will feature in the fixture due to their recovery from Wednesday’s game.
In transfer news, Inter Milan manager Andrea Stramaccioni has ‘offered’ Dutch playmaker Wesley Sneijder, hinting that his prolonged absence from the team is an indicator that he may be sold.
Sneijder has been a long-time target for United who have been linked with a move for the 28-year-old in January.
United veteran Ryan Giggs insists the team should feel content about their position as league leaders with a 7-point gap at the top between them and second-placed Manchester City.
“Of course, there are always things you can improve on, but at the moment we can’t complain too much about where we are. I think we’ve got to be happy.”
Ferguson has praised striker Javier Hernandez as a role model for any young player after the Mexican snatched the winning goal against Newcastle.
"His effort and enthusiasm to play is absolutely fantastic. He is a great example to anyone who wants to be a footballer.”
Meanwhile defender Rio Ferdinand has warned his teammates that they need to plug some holes in defence if they intend to win the title.
“We’ve let in far too many goals and need to change that. If we’re going to maintain where we are, we have to sort ourselves out.”
In other news, for your reading pleasure, we have compiled Manchester United's five best pleayers so far this season and an analysis of United's best performers on Wednesday against Newcastle, along with an editorial assessment of United's chances of winning the title.
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