News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
United veteran Paul Scholes has insisted Liverpool are United’s “biggest rivals”, despite the Merseysiders’ never having won the Premier League. The two teams go head to head at Old Trafford on Sunday.
United striker Robin van Persie has thanked the club’s fans for welcoming him so warmly at Old Trafford.
In transfer news, United are reportedly on the verge of giving up their interest in signing Theo Walcott who looks sets to sign a new contract with Arsenal this week.
Meanwhile, United are understood to be interested in signing Chelsea outcast Frank Lampard. The 34-year-old’s agent has revealed the Blues are not going to offer the Englishman a contract extension, despite his desire to stay at Stamford Bridge.
However, United could be about to lose out on the chance to sign Crystal Palace starlet Wilfried Zaha, as reports are circulating that Tottenham Hotspur are nearing the completion of a deal to take him to White Hart Lane.
Spurs recently signed former United youngster Zeki Fryers from Standard Liege. The 20-year-old left-back revealed he felt ‘disrespected’ by Manchester United who he claims offered him £1,500 a week to stay – an offer which he found unacceptable.
In other news, West Ham United fans are reportedly outraged that the cost of a ticket to their side’s FA Cup replay with United at Old Trafford next Wednesday will be double the price of a ticket to their 2-2 draw at Upton Park.
Finally, Sir Alex Ferguson is in full support of reformative plans to ‘shake up’ he youth academy system. The manager is willing to give his backing to United’s head of education and welfare Dave Bushell, who wishes to address the problem of discarded youngsters who fail to make the grade at top clubs.
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