News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed he is still deeply affected by the Munich air disaster that ended the lives of 23 people on the 55th anniversary of the tragedy.
“I've been affected since a young boy. It was a sad time. For many it's probably long forgotten but for someone like me who remembers the day, you won't forget it,” he explained as he paid tribute to those lost their lives.
ManUtd.com have a piece dedicated to the anniversary and the remembrance of those who died, detailing the history and people involved on that dark day in 1958.
United veteran Ryan Giggs has also paid tribute to the victims and their families and explained that the club’s history is ‘important’ to the current players.
"It was really important that the squad learned about what happened. Not only about the crash itself but also the success United had before it and how the team moved forward in the aftermath,” he revealed.
Sir Alex Ferguson also took the opportunity to praise his current team who he insists have a “great appetite” to reclaim the Premier League this season.
“You hope that the players realise that the league is there for them,” the Red Devils boss told Inside United.
In team news, United could set an England record at the 2014 World Cup as nine United players are in contention for selection by England manager Roy Hodgson.
England play Brazil this evening in an international friendly at Wembley – Chris Smalling, Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, Danny Welbeck, and Wayne Rooney are all in the squad for tonight’s game.
Meanwhile, Hodgson has revealed is ‘wary’ of upsetting Sir Alex Ferguson and insists he intends to ‘look after his players’ ahead of United’s huge Champion’s League clash with Real Madrid.
"I was a club manager myself and it's pretty obvious Alex would like me to look after his players,” Hodgson noted.
Meanwhile, United defender and former England captain Rio Ferdinand insists he is focused on his club and not on the national team.
"I'm not sitting there thinking about trying to get back into the England team," Ferdinand told MUTV.
"I'm just playing football for Manchester United.”
In transfer news, United can remain hopeful of signing summer transfer target Robert Lewandowski despite reports linking the Borussia Dortmund striker with a move to Bayern Munich.
His current club’s chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke reacted ‘angrily’ to claims that he will switch to the Bundesliga leaders.
However, the Express are reporting that Lewandowski could in fact snub United after incoming Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola reportedly requested the Polish frontman’s acquisition.
Elsewhere, Cristiano Ronaldo insists he is not long ‘unhappy’ at Spanish champions Real Madrid.
“Something has changed because I am doing what I like, which is playing football and I feel very good on the field and with my team-mates,” he said today in an interview with AS.
However, these comments seem quite contradictory amid speculation that Ronaldo is eyeing a move back to United, after he spoke in glowing terms of his love for the club, the manager, and the fans in recent weeks.
According to the Manchester Evening News, United are ‘on red alert’ for Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic after the highly rated stopper ‘opened the door’ for a move to the Premier League leaders in the summer.
“I know that some top clubs are interested in me. They are also the only ones who can afford the fee,” said the Bosnian keeper.
In other news, West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has been fined by the FA for his comments relating to United’s victory over the Hammers in the FA Cup last month.
He has been charged with questioning the integrity of a match official after he said:
"With Rafael, the ball hits his hand but no penalty is given. With Jordan Spence, the ball hits his hand and it's a penalty. The incidents are the same. If you give one you've got to give both, simple as that."
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