News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
Manchester United’s 52.5% increase in sponsorship revenue has earned them a record third-quarter turnover of £91.7 million, raising the club’s overall annual income expectations to £360 million this financial year.
In team news, manager Sir Alex Ferguson claims he is not concerned by Danny Welbeck’s goal record this term.
“Last year he had 12 goals, this year he's only got two, so that's a big drop," Ferguson told Inside United.
“But that drop doesn't concern us because he still applies himself really well and still looks to score, still looks to get a chance and with that kind of courage he will eventually become a regular goalscorer.”
Michael Carrick has insisted he is ‘hungry’ for more success with United after their 20th league title win this term.
“Sitting here now, I'm just as hungry for the next one. I'm proud of what I've achieved and what we've achieved but hopefully there's more to come. I don't think you could ever predict what has happened,” revealed the midfielder.
Meanwhile, The Daily Star claims United legend Paul Scholes with retire ‘for good’ at the end of the season. However, the 38-year-old is expected to stay on with a coaching role at Old Trafford.
Defender Chris Smalling has set his sights on the future, outlining that pre-season training is the key to an injury-free season next term for him.
“I’ve not been out on the field as much as I would have liked,” admitted Smalling.
“Hopefully I can be involved and then the plan is to get a full pre-season under my belt and next year have an injury-free campaign.”
United vice-chairman Ed Woodward has ‘played down’ the likelihood of a ‘spending spree’ this summer, insisting that the champions don’t need ‘major retooling’.
"I wouldn't expect there to be a major retooling of the squad," said Woodward.
"There is incredible depth. We could put two first teams out with 11 internationals in each.”
In transfer news, ESPN reports that United have fallen ‘behind’ in the ‘race’ to sign Robert Lewandowski of Borussia Dortmund.
Elsewhere, reports have emerged suggesting that United will also lose out on transfer ‘target’ Nemanja Matic via tough competition from Chelsea this summer.
In other news, today is the 20th anniversary of United’s first Premier League title win. On May 2nd, 1993 Sir Alex Ferguson’s Red Devils won their first Premier League title of the subsequent 12.
Finally, Paris Saint-Germain star Lucas Moura has revealed he came close to signing for United but chose PSG due to their agreement to let him stay in Brazil until the end of the year.
"I was really close to signing for Manchester United during the Olympics last year," the Brazilian youngster said.
"It wasn't an easy decision but in the end I joined PSG, largely because they allowed me to stay in Brazil until the end of the year.”
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