News, views, and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
Manchester United will receive a guard of honour from Arsenal when they arrive at the Emirates on Sunday, insists Arsene Wenger.
Wenger said: "I want the traditions of English football to be respected."
United boss Sir Alex Ferguson responded: "I am glad Arsene has done that. That is what great clubs should do."
In teams news, ahead of the clash with Arsenal, Michael Carrick and Jonny Evans may be rested whilst the Gunners will be without striker Olivier Giroud who is serving a three-match suspension.
Lukasz Fabianski and Abou Diaby remain sidelined for the home side, whilst the Red Devils will likely have captain Nemanja Vidic back available for selection.
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However, Ferguson insisted United have a ‘duty’ to take their remaining games ‘seriously’, despite having already been crowned title champions.
“Having won the league, there's always a danger of falling into the trap of 'it's all over and we can relax' and enjoy ourselves but I think we've got a duty to other clubs who are chasing Champions League places,” explained the boss.
Meanwhile, striker Robin van Persie will make his first return to the Emirates as a player of the opposition since his departure from Arsenal to United last summer after his 8-year spell in North London.
Ferguson, however, urged the Dutchman no take no notice of the home fans who are expected to boo and jeer upon his return.
"I'm not really bothered about that to be honest with you," stressed the Scot.
"I don't think Robin should bother about it either.”
United veteran Ryan Giggs praised the ‘impact’ of Van Persie on United’s 20th league title win.
“We all knew what he was capable of but you don't realise sometimes when you play against someone, how good a player they are," Giggs told BBC Radio 5 live.
"We’ve won the league but we won’t go there and relax; we want to put on a good performance and try to play as if the title depended on it – that’s how we’ll approach it,” said the Englishman, echoing the statement of the boss.
It has also been revealed that Sir Alex Ferguson is the ‘wealthiest manager in Britain’, reported in The Independent.
In transfer news, United face competition from archrivals Manchester City in the chase to sign Robert Lewandowski from Borussia Dortmund this summer.
Elsewhere, Federico Macheda has revealed his preference to remain at Stuttgart next season where he is currently on loan, rather than return to Old Trafford.
"In June the loan will end but I already have a verbal agreement with Stuttgart to extend my stay. If there is a chance to, I would be really happy to stay,” revealed the Italian.
Finally, in other news, former United star David Beckham has revealed as a teenager his focus was Manchester United and The Stone Roses above all else:
“I wasn't a clubby person. I haven't been a big clubby person my whole life, you know, even at a very young age, which I think has helped me throughout my career. I've got nothing against going out and having a good time, but for me it was all about Manchester United… and, of course, The Stone Roses.”
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