News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
Arsenal gave United a guard of honour in respect for the newly crowned Premier League champions, along with former Arsenal man Van Persie who made his first return to the Emirates as a player of the opposition.
The Dutchman almost walked into the wrong dressing room upon his arrival at the Emirates – it seems he lost his bearings for a moment.
Van Persie silenced the angry home crowd who booed and jeered him throughout the 90 minutes. Arsene Wenger welcomed the Dutch ace back into the Arsenal dressing room for an ‘emotional reunion’ with his old ‘pals’.
“He’s in our dressing room at the moment because the food is better in our dressing room than their dressing room,” revealed the Gunners boss after the game.
However, United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was less than impressed with the home fans’ reception for the Dutch ace who gave 8 years service to the club.
“It takes bottle to take a penalty when the crowd are booing,” said Ferguson.
“We have a great spirit of applauding players when they come back to our club. I expected the booing to be honest with you.”
“I think it’s disappointing that, when you come back, you get real aggression from the fans,” he added.
Van Persie has now broken a Red Devils’ record – his goal against Arsenal was his 25th league goal of the season, making him the highest scoring debut United player of all time, breaking the record held by Brian McClair since 1988.
“I think that Arsenal set off at a fantastic pace, very aggressive and a lot of tackles and I think the referee just couldn’t keep up,” explained the Scot of the referee who awarded 7 yellow cards in total over 95 minutes.
“The referee found it difficult to determine what was a good and a bad tackle.”
The boss also believes United could have won the game if they’d have displayed a little more composure in front of goal.
“We probably had the best chances – we had four fantastic chances from headers. We went through time and time again in the last third of the field and perhaps with a bit more composure we would have won the game,” Ferguson admitted.
Phil Jones had one of the best chances to win the game but his header from a Van Persie cross narrowly went wide. Jones admitted he hopes to score more goals for United in the future.
“Scoring goals is probably something I need to work on. Hopefully I can get one before the end of the season," said the young Englishman.
In transfer news, The Guardian claims that United ‘target’ Robert Lewandowski is ‘unlikely to join’ the Red Devils this summer, as Bayern Munich may be his preferred destination.
His agent Maik Barthel said:
"I can tell you only one thing – Robert is interested in the future coming to the Premier League. The Premier League is very interesting for Robert. How long is the future, I cannot say to you. I think this summer is not the future."
In other news, Ferguson believes veteran Paul Scholes will remain at United next season, despite his advancing 38 years of age and knee injury struggles this term, he could stay on as a coach.
"We'll have to wait and see with Scholes. He's got an injury that is bothering him a lot. It doesn't matter as he'll be here anyway - whether as a player or coach. It would've been easy to say nothing and carry on with the Reserves but he made his mind up he wanted to come back and play and it was a good one for us," explained the boss.
Meanwhile, United U21s take on West Brom at Old Trafford on Tuesday evening.
Finally, United’s stars have dominated the PFA Team of the Year awards. Robin van Persie, David De Gea, Rio Ferdinand and Michael Carrick were all selected for the PFA’s first-choice eleven of the season.
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