News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
Manchester United winger Nani will be banned for one European match following his dismissal during United’s controversial Champions League defeat to Real Madrid at Old Trafford on March 5th.
United manager Sir Alex Ferguson will have to pay a £8,500 fine for his refusal honour his media obligations after the game.
"Manchester United FC midfield player Nani has been suspended for one match by Uefa's Control and Disciplinary Body, following the red card he received at the Uefa Champions League round of 16 second leg against Real Madrid CF at Old Trafford on 5 March," read the official statement this afternoon from UEFA.
Robin van Persie branded UEFA ‘cowards’ for their treatment of United and its players after the authority refused to admit referee Cuneyt Cakir had been wrong in his decision to send Nani off.
Meanwhile, several United players are likely to be involved in this evening’s international fixtures – England face San Marino in their World Cup 2014 qualifier.
The full extent of United’s representatives in all international squads this week were noted here yesterday.
In transfer news, reports in Portugal today claimed United have agreed a €20 million to sign Benfica defender Ezequiel Garay when the transfer window opens in the summer.
Meanwhile, The Express claims that out-of-favour United midfielder Anderson could be used as a bargaining chip in a swap deal for Porto’s James Rodriguez who has been linked with a move to United for several months.
The same source also reports that United are in ‘pole position’ to secure the services of Robert Lewandowski of Borussia Dortmund ahead of Bayern Munich who are also chasing the Polish striker.
In other news, United and Crystal Palace starlet Wilfried Zaha stole show last night for England’s U21s who beat Romania 3-0. The youngster scored the opener with a stunning strike, assisted by Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling.
United youngster Michael Keane earned his first call up to England’s U21 squad.
Finally, former United midfielder Ji-Sung Park could retire at the end of this season. The 32-year-old left Old Trafford for QPR last summer and his father revealed:
"My son has had difficult times at QPR this season; it was a new experience to him. He's never had times like this with PSV Eindhoven or Manchester United. Nobody knows the future; maybe he could play one more year with a new team after next season. But I think [Ji-Sung] has made his mind up to retire.”
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