All the news and transfer rumours from Old Trafford this weekend...
Manchester United’s penultimate home league game of the season ended in disappointment as they conceded an 87th minute goal to Chelsea.
A Juan Mata strike was deflected in via Phil Jones, while United also had Rafael sent off late-on for a foul on David Luiz.
The result means Chelsea maintain their three-point lead over fifth-place Tottenham in the race for the final Champions League spot.
In managerial news, Sir Alex Ferguson has ruled out any chance of leaving United despite the club confirming he will have surgery this summer.
A routine hip operation will not prevent the 71-year-old from conducting his club business and leading the side out for the start of next season.
He also vowed that the newly crowned Premier League champions will only get better.
“This team of champions is not going anywhere,” he said, “we are here for the long ride.”
It is a team of champions that may one day be led by current Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp.
Following another outstanding season for Klopp’s side – which has seen them reach the Champions League final – the German is now reportedly at the top of United’s wish list when Ferguson finally steps down.
Whether or not either manager will be able to call on the services of Cristiano Ronaldo will be a story that could run all summer.
In the most recent twist, the Portuguese forward has admitted he would be open to an Old Trafford return.
The reports suggest that the 28-year-old has told a senior United player of his intentions; although the lack of quotes speaks volumes.
In other transfer news it is the tale of the one they got and the one they didn’t.
January signing Wilfried Zaha said his farewells to Crystal Palace fans yesterday, revealing a t-shirt declaring, “Thank U CPFC”.
The 20-year-old helped his side to a 3-2 win over Darren Ferguson’s Peterborough. Zaha’s next match will be a play-off semi-final first-leg against Brighton.
As he prepares to welcome Zaha to Old Trafford, Ferguson has spoken of his regret at not signing Frank Lampard when he had the chance.
“I must say we looked at him when he was at West Ham as a young player and I maybe regret not having done it.”
Finally, Robin van Persie has confirmed he will continue to wear the number 20 shirt next season, despite being offered the number nine shirt previously worn by Dimitar Berbatov.
Having helped United to their 20th league title, perhaps he should have chosen the number 21.
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