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Manchester United latest: Including Ferguson on points gap and Campbell backs Ferdinand

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Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has stated his hopes that United can finish the season with 95 points which would see them equal Chelsea’ record from 2004/05.

“The record is 95 points by Chelsea. If I get to 95 points I'll be absolutely delighted. It will be a fantastic season," he said.

The boss also admitted he was surprised by United’s 15-point lead at the top of the Premier League.

“I expected it to be really tight. The first point was that after last season, we wanted to make sure we didn’t lose it on goal difference and that has improved markedly,” revealed the Scot.

“But I never thought we would be 15 points clear at this stage of the season.”

Meanwhile former Arsenal and England legend Sol Campbell has given his full support to United veteran Rio Ferdinand, backing his decision to withdraw from Roy Hodgson’s England squad due to fitness concerns.

"I know what Rio is going through because international football does take a lot out of you. If you have a regime, a way of playing and a routine then playing for your country requires a lot more effort,” he explained.

Elsewhere, United new boy Shinji Kagawa scored for Japan in their World Cup 2014 qualifier against Jordan, which they lost 2-1.

Sir Alex Ferguson revealed that United have hired a ‘fleet of jets’ to transport their players on international duty around the globe back to Manchester ahead of their weekend clash with Sunderland.

“We're making arrangements for some players to fly home by privately hired jet after their matches, to make sure they get home as quickly and smoothly as possible,” revealed the manager.

In transfer news, United have reportedly sent scouts to watch Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic who has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford this summer.

According to The Daily Mail, United scouts were in attendance for Bosnia’s fixture with Greece on Friday in which the Stoke stopper featured for Bosnia.

Meanwhile, The Metro claims that AC Milan are targeting United captain Nemanja Vidic for a summer swoop.

In other news, former United youngster Kenji Gorre is currently training with Swansea City ahead of a ‘possible’ move to the Liberty Stadium this summer.

Elsewhere, USA national team manager Juergen Klinsman has warned of the threat of United striker Javier Hernandez ahead of their clash with Mexico in which the 23-year-old is expected to feature.

"He is a player who is fun to watch. There is a reason he is playing for Manchester United - because he is good," Klinsmann said.

"So, we watch him, we scout him, we talk about him and we are sure that our centre-backs will take care of him."

United’s legends are set to face Real Madrid’s in a charity fundraising match for the Manchester United foundation.

Edwin Van der Saar, Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole have all agreed to play for 'Red Heart United', with Jaap Stam, Lee Sharpe and Teddy Sherringham also in the team.

United’s U19s beat the Dallas Texans 3-1 in their Dallas Cup fixture yesterday.

Finally, Gary and Phil Neville’s father Neville Neville has been arrested on suspicion of ‘indecent assault’.

The 63-year-old father of United’s former players has been bailed until May while police investigate the allegations against him.

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