News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic has revealed he will not talk to his Serbian teammates Aleksander Kolarov and Matija Nastasic ahead of Monday’s Manchester derby.
“I never speak with an opponent before a game,” he said.
“I am good friends with Kolarov and Nastasic. But I don’t like to talk,” he explained.
"I feel blessed to play for this club and I learn things every day. I've been at United for seven-and-a-half years... I can't deny I feel something very special,” said Vidic.
Vidic also asserted that United ‘deserve more respect’ for their record-braking form this season.
“This is a great achievement,” said the Serbian.
“If you have those stats you cannot argue.”
Meanwhile, defender Chris Smalling has outlined his belief that the Manchester derby represents the perfect opportunity for United to cure their ‘Cup hangover’ after their defeat this week at Chelsea.
“It will take a couple of days to get over it because a lot of us came into it with great confidence and we felt we were going to win the game,” said the England centre back.
“At least we have a good game on Monday, but we need to make sure that we rally together and win this title with aplomb.”
United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed his ‘plot’ for the derby against Manchester City:
“Over the last few years the derby games have been far more important than they ever were, so we’ve all been looking forward to them. But we’ve had a heavy programme leading up to the game so we just have to manage it.”
In transfer news, speculation that United will make a move for Galatasaray striker Burak Yilmaz continues in The Mirror.
Meanwhile, United have been linked with a ‘summer bid’ for ‘young Dutch Xavi’ Feyenoord’s Jordy Clasie.
The Express claims that United are ‘tempted’ to trigger Nemanja Matic’s release clause this summer.
Finally, Manchester Evening News reports that United striker Angelo Henriquez could be set for a further loan deal when he returns from his current loan spell at Wigan Athletic.
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