News, views, and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has been charged by the FA in relation to post-match comments made about the referee in United’s recent 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.
Ferguson has, according to an official statement, “until 16:00 on Friday 1 February to respond to the charge.”
United’s official sponsors alcoholic beverage company Singha have announced today that they will extend their current deal with the club by three years, taking the sponsorship deal to 2016.
In team news, Nick Powell has recovered from his recent knock and has returned to full training ahead of United’s clash with Southampton tomorrow evening. However both Ashley Young and Jonny Evans are unlikely to be fit in time for the fixture due to knee and hamstring injuries, respectively.
Southampton are still concerned over the fitness of Adam Lallana and both Guilhermo do Prado and Jose Fonte are out for the Saints with knee injuries.
United defender Phil Jones has revealed his dilemma over his position in the team after some impressive displays in midfield, which may influence manager Sir Alex Ferguson when he picks his back four.
Jones is a recognized centre-back but believes he may have ‘shot himself in the foot’ with his form and presence in midfield.
In transfer news, the Mirror’s David McDonnell believes that Antonio Valencia, not Nani, will be the winger to make way for the arrival of new United signing Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace.
Meanwhile the president of the Kenyan FA has revealed that Celtic starlet Victor Wanyama will join ‘one of the two biggest clubs in the world’, amid speculation that both United and Arsenal are scouting him with a view to bringing him to the Premier League.
"Wanyama will soon be joining one of the big two clubs in the world," revealed Sam Nyamweya.
According to the Manchester Evening News, United intend to make a ‘late £10 million swoop’ for Wanyama this transfer window.
CSKA Moscow midfielder Pavel Mamaev has revealed his dream of playing for United was very nearly realized and was ‘80% complete’ when he was refused a work permit and, subsequently the transfer deal collapsed. The Russian explained,
“I was in shock, it was such a dream transfer. The deal was around 80% complete, but with my limited number of caps for Russia, I couldn’t get a work permit.”
The Metro claims that United are set to face competition from Barcelona in their efforts to capture Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm. Sir Alex Ferguson is rumoured to be interested in bringing the 29-year-old in as a potential replacement for David De Gea.
Young trialists Jurgen Damm and Jeffrey Schlupp are set to find out their fate imminently as United decide whether they proved themselves worthy of professional contracts.
Long-serving United midfielder Ryan Giggs claims he is not thinking about the imminent clash with Real Madrid next month and insists he is focused on the next game against Southampton at Old Trafford tomorrow evening.
“We're not thinking about Madrid. Everyone was excited when the draw was made but you can't look too far ahead,” he explained.
In other news, United veteran Paul Scholes was the victim of car thieves on Monday after he left his engine running to defrost the windshield. Thieves stole his Chevrolet estate from his driveway outside his house in Oldham at around eight 'o' clock on the morning.
Meanwhile, pictures have surfaced of a Manchester United fan urinating on the car of Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli outside Zouk, an up-market Indian restaurant in Manchester.
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