News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
Manchester United were defeated 0-1 by Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday via an 87th minute own goal attributed to Phil Jones.
The fixture was not without controversy – United’s Rafael was dismissed by referee Howard Webb when tempers flared after the goal’s concession, following a challenge on Chelsea’s David Luiz.
United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was less than impressed with Rafael’s dismissal and accused Luiz of ‘convincing’ the referee with simulation, which described as similar to a ‘dying swan’.
Luiz also appeared to be laughing whilst he was ‘rolling’ around on the pitch as Rafael was shown a red card.
"[Rafael] retaliates but [Luiz] quite clearly elbows him twice," Ferguson told BBC's MOTD2 programme.
"He then rolls about like a dying swan, and that convinces the referee. He was smiling. That is bad."
"What kind of professional is that?" Ferguson added.
However, interim Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez insisted Luiz was laughing at the fans, not Rafael.
"Luiz was laughing because the fans were abusing him," he said.
Meanwhile, United winger Antonio Valencia admitted he is unhappy with his performance and aims to ‘do better’.
“When things are not going particularly well and I am not on my best form I tend to be a little harder on myself,” revealed the Ecuador international who was substituted in the 90th minute of Sunday’s clash.
Valencia also stated his belief that United didn’t ‘need Robin van Persie to win the title this term, claiming the Red Devils would have been champions regardless of his signing.
“Whilst you can’t doubt what Robin has added, we may have done it without him,” he claimed.
Elsewhere, Everton manager David Moyes has been linked with a managerial post at United as rumours emerged that he could be appointed as Sir Alex Ferguson’s assistant manager.
The speculation appears to have derived from a high number of bets placed on this outcome at bookmakers.
However, The Mirror asserts that Moyes is ‘unlikely’ to succeed Ferguson as the manager of United, according to David McDonnell.
United’s Jonny Evans has outlined his determination to beat Swansea this weekend after defeat against Chelsea.
“We will lift the Premier League trophy against Swansea, which will be a big day for us, so we really want to win that game,“ he explained.
In transfer news, Sir Alex Ferguson has ‘hinted’ he will buy another big name this summer following the immense success of Robin van Persie this term.
“I think if I get a top player in, it adds to the team and it improves it. Last season, we had Chicharito, Danny Welbeck and Wayne Rooney but still went for van Persie. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that,” revealed the Scot.
“We won the league because we had a strong squad in terms of numbers and I think we should add to it."
United are linked with interest in Juan Fernando Quintera, a 20-year-old Colombian midfielder currently signed to Serie A side Pescara, hailed as the 'next James Rodriguez.'
Meanwhile, Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio is the subject of a rumoured ‘swap deal’ between United and the Italian giants with Nani travelling in the opposite direction.
In other news, United youngster Wilfried Zaha’s brother has reportedly ‘bragged’ about a number of criminal activities including stabbings, shootings and robberies – although the source appears to be quoting information found on a social networking website and the ‘information’ dates back to 2009.
Meanwhile, United’s stars swapped the training ground for the golf course today for some much-needed respite.
Veteran defender Rio Ferdinand has hinted he could be interested in becoming a coach in the future.
“Trained with the u18's today....nice little workout! Coaching youngsters could be a bit of me, who knows!" Tweeted the former England captain.
United’s U21s drew 1-1 with Liverpool at Old Trafford.
Finally, Phil Jones has admitted his teammates mock him for the ‘funny faces’ he pulls when playing football.
“The lads have had a few pops at me but I just brush it over my head. I don't care to be honest,” insisted the Englishman.
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