News, views, and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has denied the FA charge he received following comments made criticizing the linesman in United’s 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur on January 20th.
The football Association released a statement today explaining:
"Sir Alex Ferguson has denied an FA charge of misconduct in relation to post-match media comments made following Manchester United’s game at Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday 20 January 2013.”
"It is alleged the Manchester United manager breached FA Rule E3 in that he implied that the match official was motivated by bias.”
"Ferguson has requested a paper hearing, the date of which will be set in due course."
The Mirror reports that United veteran Rio Ferdinand could be recalled into the squad for United’s trip to Fulham this weekend in their Premier League clash.
There is also good news regarding Jonny Evans who looks set return for the weekend’s fixture after making a full recovery from his hamstring injury.
In team news, Ashley Young is still out with a knee injury. However United will likely be boosted by news that Fulham and former United striker Dimitar Berbatov has been ruled out with a hamstring injury suffered in the Cottagers’ 2-1 victory over West Ham.
Meanwhile Unite defender Chris Smalling has called for United to learn from their lessons last season. He explained,
“We will make sure we’ve learned the lessons from that and I am pretty sure that will never happen again.”
Midfielder Michael Carrick has been expressing his admiration of United’s ‘goal threat’ ahead of this weekend’s game. The Englishman said,
"It is good to have your strikers banging the goals in. It means we are providing is a constant threat.”
Meanwhile, United striker Wayne Rooney is expecting a ‘stern test’ at Craven Cottage this weekend, despite easing to a 4-1 victory over Fulham this month in the FA Cup.
“At home, Fulham are a different team,” Rooney said. “It’s always a difficult game there. It’s a smaller pitch and a compact stadium. That suits them. They’ve got players who can take the ball between the lines because the pitch isn’t as big and then create chances.”
Across Manchester, City boss Roberto Mancini insists there is still plenty for his side to play for. United’s arch-rivals are currently 7 points behind the league leaders but the Italian still holds out hope of a comeback.
“No-one’s ever won it in January,” said the City coach.
In transfer news, former United star David Beckham joined Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain in a sensational deadline day switch. A former Red Devils favourite, Beckham explained his reasons for turning down a move back to the Premier League.
“I've a lot of history with Manchester United. They were the team I supported and dreamed of playing for. But unless it was Manchester United, I wouldn't want to play for any other Premier League team. I couldn't do it," revealed the former England captain.
England boss Roy Hodgson could face a ‘possible row’ with United over the selection of young defender Phil Jones for an England U21 fixture next week.
The Telegraph claims the player himself is ‘disappointed’ whilst the club are ‘bemused’.
The editor has explained his belief that, despite signing just one player (Wilfried Zaha) United are the real winners in January’s transfer window.
Finally, Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed his sympathy for out-of-favour striker Federico Macheda who has moved on loan to Stuttgart for the remainder of the season. The Red Devils boss claims he prays for the Italian youngster who he hopes can improve whilst away on loan.
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