News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
Manchester United are preparing a Premier League trophy parade two days through the city of Manchester – two days after archrivals Manchester City play Wigan in the FA Cup final, sparking controversy amongst City supporters.
However, a spokesman for the city council insisted the celebrations will ‘not overshadow’ City and asserted his belief that both clubs’ successes this term should be celebrated in the city.
"Forget some of the traditions, forget some of the dates. We have two world class clubs, let's celebrate that,” urged the council statesman.
"These are always complicated but take it from me, who is at the centre of some of these negotiations, there is no competition between City and United over these dates."
Elsewhere, Blackburn Rovers are set to miss out on a £2 million ‘windfall’ as Phil Jones has spent this season at Manchester United, despite being injured for parts of this term.
The Englishman left Blackburn in summer 2011 for £16.5 million but because he has failed to start in less than half of United’s 38 games this term, his former club will not receive the benefits of a clause in the contract agreed between the two clubs.
Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has praised Sir Alex Ferguson for his incredible record at United, claiming his 49th trophy in his managerial career on Monday with United’s 20th league title win.
"What he did is what he has been doing all his life, winning," Mourinho told reporters.
"Sometimes not consecutively because it is impossible to do it."
Closer to home, Scotland manager Gordon Strachan claimed Ferguson ‘could defy God’.
"How long will he go on for? Forever," said Strachan about his former manager.
"He'll just get angry with God and defy him as well,” he joked.
United take on Arsenal at the Emirates this weekend in their first fixture since reclaiming the title and, despite some Arsenal fans complaints, Arsenal will give United a guard of honour before kick-off.
More good news for United fans: Rio Ferdinand is expected to sign a new on-year rolling contract with the club this summer.
In transfer news, outgoing United chief executive David Gill has warned Manchester City should expect a ‘summer transfer battle’.
“I’m sure all the clubs who missed out this season will be doing business in the summer – as we will be – with a view to come back all guns blazing next year,” revealed Gill.
Meanwhile, The Sun are reporting today that United and Ferguson intends to spend £120 million on transfers this summer.
According to their claims, Ferguson’s primary targets are Robert Lewandowski, Radamel Falcao and Cristiano Ronaldo.
However, whether or not the tabloid’s premonition will prove accurate is up for debate and debunk.
Teenager Wellington Bueno is also linked with interest from United who are reportedly scouting the wonderkid described as the ‘next Kaka’.
Finally, United are rumoured to be scouting German centre-back Matthius Ginter, along with competition from Liverpool, according to reports.
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