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News, views, and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.

The Guardian have released the squad sheet ahead of Sunday’s fixture away at Tottenham.

Both Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney are expected to start with Ashley Young returning fully recovered form his knee injury, along with Nemanja Vidic who is expected to pair up with Rio Ferdinand in central defence, as Jonny Evans is still ruled out.

Ferdinand has called for ‘revenge’ from United to be inflicted upon Spurs on Sunday, after the North Londoners beat United at Old Trafford 1-0 back in September.

They beat us at our place earlier this season, and we kind of owe them one,” explained the veteran defender.

In transfer news, the Daily Mail are reporting again that United are ‘confident’ of signing Crystal Palace starlet Wilfried Zaha for a fee of around £10 million. United face completion from Arsenal and Palace boss Ian Holloway is keen to hang on to his young star.

United are set to offer Leicester City youngster Jeff Schlupp a trial with the permission of his parent club.

Meanwhile the Mirror is reporting that United are ‘back in’ for Ajax maestro Christian Eriksen. The 20-year-old Dane is understood to be a long-time target of Sir Alex Ferguson who has yet to adequately replace aging playmaker Paul Scholes.

Diario Vasco reports that Spanish side Elche are interested in signing out-of-favour striker Federico Macheda from United.

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has dismissed suggestions that Spurs’ Gareth Bale is more of a handful than Ryan Giggs was at 23.

"The boy is a good player. But Ryan Giggs at 23? I don't think there was anyone better," said Ferguson in his press conference ahead of this weekend’s fixture at White Hart Lane.

Ferguson also commented on the FA’s decision to rescind the red card of Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany who was dismissed last weekend against Arsenal at the Emirates in their 2-0 victory.

Ferguson claimed the decision would ‘open the door’ for more appeals against refereeing decisions.

In other news, Japanese paint manufacturing company Kansai have agreed a three-year sponsorship deal with the club.

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