News, views, and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson had admitted that his team were ‘lucky’ to beat Southampton last night. United hosted the Saints at Old Trafford where Southampton opened the game with a goal from Jay Rodriquez.
However, Two goals from Wayne Rooney saved the day for United who went 7 points clear at the top of the table after the 2-1 victory.
Ferguson conceded, “We were fortunate to win.”
United goalkeeper David De Gea was criticized again for the concession of Southampton’s first goal last night, piling even more pressure on the young Spaniard.
However, new Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino has sympathized with the under-fire stopper.
“The goalkeeper in Spain is a bit more protected than here. That makes their job here a lot harder," explained Pochettino.
Meanwhile United midfielder Michael Carrick has taken responsibility for Southampton’s opening goal.
“I just didn’t get enough on it, it’s totally my fault and I take the blame for that,” admitted the Englishman who has been in fine form all season long.
Captain Nemanja Vidic has served a warning that there is still a long way to go this season, despite United being 7 points clear at the top of the Premier League table.
“Nothing is finished yet. There is a long way to go but we're in a good position,” said the skipper.
United vice-captain Patrice Evra insists he is ‘grateful’ of the competition for his position from young Dutch left-back Alexander Buttner.
“I am happy with that challenge, because I know I will have to fight every time to get my place on the team," revealed the Frenchman.
Young United trio Phil Jones, Ben Amos and new signing Wilfried Zaha have been called up for the England U21 squad ahead of the side’s trip to Walsall where they’ll face Sweden U21’s next Tuesday.
And Chris Smalling has been called up to the senior England squad ahead of England’s friendly with Brazil.
Seven Manchester United fans have been handed three-year bans for their part in ‘clashes’ with Ajax fans outside The Binary bar in Manchester last season in February.
Manchester Police have released a statement explaining:
"We do not consider these men to be football fans as to do so would be a slur on the vast majority of decent supporters who go to games and behave impeccably week-in week-out.”
Manchester United’s decision not to renew the Old Trafford pitch until the end of this season means that Spanish champions Real Madrid will have to play on what the Daily Mail described as a ‘mud bath’ when they visit Manchester in the Champion’s League next month.
In transfer news, United and Arsenal target Victor Wanyama insists he will remain at current club Celtic for the time being.
“A lot has been said about my intended move but I have not given it much thought and even my manager feels I should play until the end of the season for Celtic,” revealed the Kenyan starlet.
In other news, financial investment company BlackRock has bought an 8pc stake in Manchester United Football Club – the New York-based company has purchased 3.3 million shares in the club.
Finally, Sir Alex Ferguson has paid tribute to his friend former Belfast Telegraph reporter Malcolm Brodie who passed away aged 86 earlier this week.
“He never lost the energy to do his job and he obviously enjoyed doing it and had enthusiasm about it. It’s very hard to retain enthusiasm for your job right up to your 80s,” said Ferguson, who had known Brodie for over 40 years.
Ferguson also insisted there will be no late deadline day deals in the pipeline at Old Trafford this evening.
He told the Manchester Evening News,
“We are not going to sign anyone.”
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