News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
Sir Alex Ferguson ‘ruled out’ returning to management at Manchester United following his decision to retire in May after 26 years in charge at Old Trafford.
"I'm not interested in managing again or getting myself worked up about Manchester United's results," he insisted.
The legendary former boss also revealed Chelsea approached him to take the reigns at Stamford Bridge when owner Roman Abramovich arrived in 2003.
"They used an agent to approach me when Abramovich first took over the club and I said, 'No chance',” he revealed.
Meanwhile, United legend Sir Bobby Charlton insists David Moyes will lead United to success in Europe ahead of the Red Devils’ clash with Shakhtar Donetsk this evening.
“David has, of course, sampled European football with Everton before, but he will learn a lot from being in the Champions League and he'll learn very quickly," said Charlton.
"We're very fortunate that he's our manager, no doubt about that.”
The Independent described Moyes as ‘subdued and solemn’ ahead of the match in Ukraine tonight – a game in which the report asserts is coming at a crucial time when the Scot is under immense pressure following back to back defeats in the Premier League.
In team news, the line-up has been confirmed as:
Starting XI: De Gea, Rafael, Smalling, Vidic, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Fellaini, Cleverley, Welbeck; van Persie.
Subs: Lindegaard, Jones, Giggs, Nani, Young, Kagawa, Hernandez.
Wayne Rooney misses out as he is 'unwell.'
In other news, United have announced a new sponsorship deal with Fiji TV, meaning MUTV will be available for the first time to fans watching in the South Pacific.
Finally, United bosses have launched an ‘investigation’ to find out how and why the team bus drove off without Chris Smalling and Danny Welbeck. The team bus left the club’s Carrington training base yesterday headed for the airport without two of United’s stars, both registered for the clash in Ukraine this evening.
The two England boys were ‘stunned’ when they came running outside to discover the coach had left without them, reportedly exclaiming, “We were supposed to be on it”.
In the end, the players raised the ‘alarm bell’ and the bus came back to collect them. The entire squad has arrived safely the other end, I can confirm.
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