Manchester United weekend round-up: Including Lewandowski and Villa team news

Sir Alex Ferguson

All the news and transfer rumours from Old Trafford this weekend…

Despite not playing this weekend, Manchester United moved a huge step closer to the Premier League crown.

Tottenham’s 3-1 win against Manchester City means United need only three more points to regain the title; something they will hope to do tomorrow evening against Aston Villa.

In early team news, United’s Ashley Young will miss the match against his former side having been ruled out for the season with an ankle injury.

Paul Scholes will also be absent with a knee problem.

While Villa will be hoping that Gabriel Agbonlahor returns having missed their last match against Fulham.

Ferguson believes the match will be a tough one for his side, as Villa seek the points that will take them further clear of the relegation zone.

He also praised Villa manager Paul Lambert for the way he has transformed the team from relegation fodder to one of the form teams in the lower half of the table.

Ten points from a possible 15 means Villa’s fate is in their own hands. But they will have their work cut out to prevent what United will hope is a title-winning performance.

The United manager has spoken out against criticism of his current team, saying the side’s points tally says everything about their season.

He also spoke of Robin van Persie’s desire to secure his first Premier League title, saying the Dutchman could now sense the finish line.

In transfer news, Ferguson has spoken of reported target and current Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski.

The United manager seemed to admit his interest in the Polish forward, who is likely to leave Dortmund this summer. Although he also spoke of the apparent interest by Bayern Munich – the club rumoured to be Lewandowski’s preferred destination.

While a possible departure from Old Trafford could be that of Anders Lindegaard, who has been linked with a both West Ham and Fulham.

Following an outstanding second half of the season from David De Gea, it seems the Spanish ‘keeper is now firmly established as United’s number one. Meaning the 29-year-old Danish international will need to move on should he wish to play first-team football next season.

Both West Ham and Fulham have ageing ‘keepers in Jussi Jaaskelainen and Mark Schwarzer respectively, so a move for Lindegaard what not be out of the question.

Finally, it has been confirmed that Prince William paid a visit to United’s Carrington training ground last week. The president of the Football Association then had lunch with Ferguson and his players in the canteen.

We don’t know whether or not he had a kick-about.

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