Manchester United latest: Including title fears and Falcao swap deal

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News, views, and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.

Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia has admitted the side are ‘worried’ about ‘throwing away’ the Premier League title after their 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford in the Manchester derby against Manchester City on Monday.

“We're a little worried," Valencia told Ecuadorian radio station Sonorama.

"Last year, we were eight points with six games to go and we lost the league. Now it is 12 points and seven games, and we don't want it to happen again."

However veteran teammate Rio Ferdinand insisted United are ‘driven by doubters’.

"People don't want to see us win the league and we thrive off that. We love it," the Englishman told BBC Radio Manchester.

Former United defender Jaap Stam has backed Robin van Persie to regain his goalscoring form for United.

The Dutchman said to Inside United of his compatriot:

"Since day one, when he joined, he has done very well. Although I've heard people talking about him not scoring for a while, he's scored a lot before that and, when he gets chances again, he will score goals for United in the future.”

United legend Sir Bobby Charlton has urged Wayne Rooney to beat his record goals tally for England and was adamant he wants to help and advise Rooney.

“I’m really proud of my record and I’ll be really sick if anyone else beats it,” he joked.

“But if it happens, and it was Wayne Rooney, that would be absolutely fantastic,” he added.

In transfer news, The Daily Mail, amongst an abundance of sources, are claiming United want Radamel Falcao of Athletico Madrid this summer.

According to their report, Sir Alex Ferguson is preparing a £47 million ‘swoop’ for the La Liga goalscorer in a potential ‘swap’ deal with Javier Hernandez.

Meanwhile, The Express claims that United ‘targetRobert Lewandowski has had a price-tag of £18 million set by current club Borussia Dortmund.

Elsewhere, United are linked with a potential bid for Wigan’s James McCarthy this summer.

In other news, United legend turned Sky Sports commentator Gary Neville revealed he ‘turned down two or three’ management offers in the past 18 months.

He explained, despite being flattered, he didn’t feel the time was right:

"I have been offered two or three roles in the last 18 months but it would not have been the right decision," he said.

"I see a lot of people rush into coaching too quickly. In two years they are finished,” he remarked.

The Mirror reports that a collective of rival supporters of United, Arsenal, and Tottenham have united to protest against increasing ticket prices in the Premier League.

Oli Winton of the Manchester United Supporters’ Trust explained,

"Since price banding began we have always been classed as the top price band. We may be a rich club but that doesn't mean our supporters are rich.”

Arsenal Supporters’ Trust member Tim Payton added:

"Arsenal, Spurs, Manchester United and Chelsea are charged the most for away games because the home club see those games as a chance to rack up the prices. So the Trusts have come together to try and raise the issue."

Finally, United's £150 million training ground contract with Aon is being prepared to undergo investigation by UEFA for checks to ensure the deal complies with Financial Fair Play regulations.

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