News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
The Mirror reports that Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp is being lined up as a Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor as manager of Manchester United.
In team news, the boss confirmed today that Danny Welbeck will miss the clash with the Blues due to a knee injury.
However, veteran Paul Scholes is set to return to the squad for the game and will likely start on the bench for United after returning from a lengthy layoff through injury.
The expected United starting line up is:
De Gea – Vidic – Ferdinand – Rafael – Evra – Carrick – Cleverley – Valencia – Nani – Rooney – Van Persie
The expect Chelsea starting line up is:
Cech – Luiz – Ivanovic – Cole – Azpilicueta – Mikel – Ramires – Mata – Hazard – Oscar – Ba
Ferguson has warned his players that their celebratory race day will be cancelled if they lose at home to the Blues.
Ferguson had previously given his champions permission to attend the Chester races on Wednesday but will deny them that reward should the fail to beat Chelsea.
“Vidic came to me last week and asked if the team could go to Chester races on Wednesday," said Ferguson.
"I said 'yeah' without thinking, of course'. Then you put all these things together and I said to myself 'bloody hell, I hope they don't forget there are still football matches to be played.”
"But if they don't win on Sunday, I think I'll be cancelling that,” he added.
In transfer news, Ferguson revealed United may look to sign ‘one or two’ players this summer but dismissed the huge outlay of funds that has been speculated recently.
"Tweak is the right word," he said.
"We maybe look at one or two bodies to come in. You have to remember we have a lot of young players we expect to improve. We have to take that into consideration. We also have to consider the ages of some players and protect that part.”
Meanwhile, The Express claims that United have ‘fixed their sights’ on midfielder Ilkay Gundogan of Borussia Dortmund.
The Mirror claims that United’s interest in Elliot Kebbie could see Javier Hernandez switch to Athletico Madrid.
However, the MEN suggests that Hernandez will instead be used as the key to bringing Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford this summer.
Elsewhere, Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio has spoken out on recent links with United, insisting:
"I want to renew with Juventus, the market rumours do not interest me," according to Sky Sport 24.
Back at Old Trafford, Wayne Rooney’s imminent contract negotiations may be behind recent rumours that he could leave United this summer.
In other news, former United player Bojan Djordic has revealed his longing to succeed at United has not made him ‘bitter’ and insisted he is ‘honoured’ to have been associated with the club.
“I’m not bitter,” explained the 32-year-old.
“ I was given a fair chance at United. Playing with lads like Giggs was an honour. Or watching Scholesy train.”
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