News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
Manchester United celebrated their 20th league title win last night with a parade through the city of Manchester attended by 100,000 people who turned out to celebrate and bid farewell to Sir Alex Ferguson after 26 years in charge at Old Trafford.
Ferguson was undoubtedly the ‘star of the show’ last night as players and fans alike paid tribute to the greatest manager in British football history.
Ferguson addressed the fans, thanking them for their “fantastic support” along with the players who he described as a “magnificent bunch of lads.”
There were, however, reports of booing of wantaway striker Wayne Rooney following his transfer request this week.
Rooney refused to speak to MUTV and appeared less than enthusiastic throughout the celebrations.
The rest of the players were in the party spirit, however, as they celebrated in style on a night out in Manchester.
Interestingly, there are reports that United target Marouane Fellaini was spotted joining in the celebrations along with Everton teammate Sylvain Distin.
Meanwhile, Ferguson’s replacement David Moyes praised Wayne Rooney ahead of ‘showdown talks’ over his future at Old Trafford.
“He is definitely one of the best players in the world,” said Moyes of his former protégé at Goodison Park.
Moyes also outlined his intention to use United’s youth players when he takes charge.
United’s long tradition of developing the very best of British talent will long-continue, according to the new boss.
"Manchester United have always relied hugely on young players and my priority will always be to promote these talents," he stated.
"It is the right way to go. We need to be producing better English players and we are working to find the solutions. My aim would be to develop these young English players and get more and more coming through."
The Guardian reports that veteran defender Rio Ferdinand is expected to sign a new contract with United set to earn him £120,000 a week, something which he described as ‘nice’.
Meanwhile, Jonny Evans hopes he can emulate Ryan Giggs’ trophy haul with the Red Devils.
"It is my third Premier League medal but it is insignificant compared to what some of the other lads have achieved," Evans told MUTV.
"There are guys in there on five and six. Ryan has 13.”
"That is the driving force here,” he added.
Giggs is reportedly ‘eying’ a coaching role with United in his future but insists he wants to continue his playing career at present.
Midfielder Darren Fletcher is looking forward to returning from illness and joining up with the team and the new manager, following his surgery.
In transfer news, rumours persist today that United will target Cesc Fabregas to replace Paul Scholes following the veteran midfielder’s retirement this week.
The Sun also claim that Phil Jagielka is a ‘target’ of David Moyes who wishes to bring the defender with him from Everton, along with Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines.
In other news, Crystal Palace boss Ian Holloway described Wilfried Zaha as a ‘genius’ following his brace to take Palace to the Championship play-off final.
"He's a genius, he's a wonderful boy and he cares about Crystal Palace,” stated Holloway about the Manchester United January signing.
"He was the difference. I believe he will be a world-class player."
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