Manchester United latest: Including Ferguson award and TV windfall

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Manchester United have recorded a ‘record windfall’ of £60.8 million for the television broadcasting of 25 games this season.

It’s understood that upcoming deals proposed for next season could mean next year’s champions stand to earn £100 million from the sale their television rights to broadcasters.

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has been awarded Manager of the Year gong by the LMA for his stunning title-winning season with the Red Devils, his last after 26 years in charge at Old Trafford.

The boss joked that West Brom manager Steve Clark should have won the award after his team’s 5-5 draw at the Hawthorns on Sunday.

“‘Steve Clarke should have got this award, anyone who scores five against Manchester United deserves it. It was the perfect send-off. Five each, everyone will remember it that’s for sure,” said the Scot.

Ferguson’s replacement David Moyes has been tipped for success by West Ham boss Sam Allardyce who believes his appointment is a ‘huge bonus’ for British managers.

"For many years, the top jobs here have all been taken up by foreign coaches," said Allardyce.

"It's a huge bonus for David, a huge bonus for British managers."

Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp has ‘slammed’ United for their treatment of his former protégé Shinji Kagawa this season.

“Shinji Kagawa is one of the best players in the world and he now plays 20 minutes at Manchester United, on the left wing,” he stated.

"My heart breaks. Really, I have tears in my eyes. Central midfield is Shinji’s best role.”

Back at Old Trafford, United legend Paul Scholes revealed he was pleased to retire ‘under the radar’ and avoid media spotlight.

"I was pleased to retire when I did because I was overshadowed by bigger names bowing out at the same time. I got out under the radar," he told The Times.

"I love football, have done since I first started kicking a ball as a boy. But I am not interested in the things that go with it. For me, it is about the game, the pleasure of striking a ball. It is not about having my name up in lights."

Meanwhile, Rio Ferdinand is expected to sign a new one-year contract extension to keep him at Old Trafford next season.

Ferdinand's representatives told Sky Sports: "Talks regarding Rio's new contract are moving along nicely and hopefully we will have some news soon."

In transfer news, reports have emerged that United ‘target’ winger James Rodriguez is ‘edging closer’ to a move to Monaco this summer.

Elsewhere, United are understood to be targeting Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio as a replacement for Paul Scholes.

In other news, Warren Joyce has praised United U21 champions after the youngsters were crowned champions at Old Trafford via a triumphant 3-2 victory over Tottenham.

"The bulk of this side won the Youth Cup, won everything they could possibly win last season, they've won the Manchester Senior Cup this year and they've won that trophy tonight," Joyce acknowledged.

"They've shown a lot of character. They can take criticism, they can come back and dig themselves out of holes. That's what you're looking for in a Manchester United player."

Finally, former United defender Jaap Stam believes Ajax’s backroom staff appointments could benefit United in the future.

"I'm going to Ajax," he told ManUtd.com.

"Lots of players say that they don't want to move into management. When I was still playing, I always said I don't want to become a coach as it puts lots of stress on you and you have to work very, very hard.”

He will join Edwin van der Sar on the coaching team at Ajax which could help United in the long run to have strong relationships with the Dutch giants who have an excellent youth academy.

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