News, views, and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
The club’s commercial director Richard Arnold announced today that the club had now acquired 100% ownership of the channel which BSkyB had previous owned a third of the rights to.
In transfer news, BBC Sport are reporting that Manchester United and Crystal Palace are set to hold talks in the next 24 hours with a view to agreeing the transfer of England starlet Wilfried Zaha.
Meanwhile, the Daily Mail are reporting that the deal will be done ‘by tomorrow’ to bring Zaha to Old Trafford.
The Mail are also reporting that United are set to agree a deal for young goalkeeper Dean Santangelo that will run until the end of the season. The 19-year-old is a former Reading youngster who is currently contracted to German club Augsburg.
In other news, Fulham have lodged an official complaint with the Football Association over the ticket prices at Old Trafford, ahead of the clubs’ fourth round FA Cup clash this weekend.
Fulham supporters groups feel aggrieved that the standard price of £45 for supporters of both clubs has been discounted for United fans to £40.
A United spokesperson said,
"Fulham fans are paying the same as United fans who are not members. A discount scheme has existed for members for around 20 years. We're surprised it has come as a surprise to them."
United striker Robin van Persie has expressed his ‘love’ and admiration of Swansea. The league’s top scorer explained:
“When you play against Swansea, for example, which is a great team - I love them. The way they play is just out of the book, it’s fantastic. “
van Persie also explained how he made his decision to leave Arsenal for United last summer. The Dutchman cited United’s winning mentality as one of the most crucial factors in his decision to transfer.
“Arsenal are a great club but after eight years sometimes you feel that you need a new challenge. If you look at the last couple of months it explains it all. I'm seeing things again that I didn't see for a long time. All these guys here know how to win and become champions.”
United defender Phil Jones has outlined his intention to beat his former teammate Dimitar Berbatov when the Bulgarian returns to Old Trafford to face United in the FA Cup tie with Fulham this weekend.
“It'll be great to see Berba back at Old Trafford, technically he's a fantastic player,” said Jones.
“Hopefully we can get the result we want and continue to progress in the competition.”
United veteran Rio Ferdinand conceded that his side got a ‘taste of their own medicine’ against Tottenham on Sunday but said, regardless, they should press on with their Premier League ambitions.
"It is disappointing," he said.
“But as soon as you get off the pitch and into the changing room you think back to how many times we have done that to other teams over the years and you have to accept it and take it on the chin."
Meanwhile midfielder Tom Cleverley has admitted he has set himself a goals target for the season but he would rather win silverware with the team than achieve his own personal targets.
“I have a target in my head, yes, but I’m going to keep it to myself,” he explained.
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