News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed how he believes football has changed since he began his career.
“When I started there were no agents – think about that. There was no freedom of contract,” he reminisced.
However, he insisted it has been his pleasure and honour to have such a long career in the game.
“I don't think I've changed much,' added Ferguson. 'The day I came here was a privilege and the day I leave will be an honour,” he added.
Ferguson also admitted trying to pressure officials over the years and using ‘mind games’.
"The fourth official on Sunday against Swansea showed me the board and it said eight minutes - I said: 'Think again',” joked the Scot.
"But that's been a part of it too, the pressure you try and put on referees. I save mind games for opponents, though."
The boss also insisted his infamous ‘hairdryer treatment’ is a bit of a myth:
"That's overplayed, honestly," he said. "I'm fed up reading about it."
Ferguson revealed he slept in on Tuesday morning after the title parade for the first time in his life.
“On the Monday night, after the parade, I slept for 10 hours, I think for the first time in my life! I was absolutely gone, knackered. I didn't go in [to work the next morning],” added 71-year-old.
The boss takes charge of his last ever game on Sunday as United take on West Brom at the Hawthorns and, as ever, the boss is eyeing a win:
“West Brom have done fantastically, every team wants to win their last home game and obviously I want to win this one more than last week's even.”
You can watch a full video of Sir Alex’s last press conference here via the Manchester Evening News.
Meanwhile, Sir Bobby Charlton is adamant David Moyes is the right man to replace Ferguson and shepherd the club into a new era.
“David Moyes is, I think, a very capable person. He's got a great knowledge of the game and is steeped in the game, very much like Alex, although they're all different,” stated the United legend.
“When he comes here, I believe he will think he's in paradise as he's got so many good players and good coaches.”
Elsewhere, former United defender Phil Neville also believes Moyes fits the club ‘perfectly’. You can watch his full interview with the BBC here.
In team news, ahead of Sunday’s trip to West Brom, which will kick off at 4pm, captain Nemanja Vidic and veteran defender Rio Ferdinand are expected to sit this one out with Jonny Evans and Phil Jones expected to come in to replace them.
Anders Lindegaard is expected to start ahead of David De Gea in goal and West Brom will likely be without Steven Reid for the fixture.
In transfer news, The Express reports that United could miss out on signing Cristiano Ronaldo to Paris Saint-Germain.
Meanwhile, rumours linking Arsenal with ‘interest’ in signing Wayne Rooney persist.
United are again linked with Thiago Alcantara of Barcelona but sources claim they will have to compete with Manchester City and Bayern Munich who are also understood to be tracking the youngster.
In other news, youngster Guilermo Varela has revealed his delight in undertaking a trial with United.
Finally, United’s legends team appear in a new video which you can watch here via ManUtd.com
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