News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
Manchester United drew 1-1 with Southampton at Old Trafford on Saturday, as the Saints’ Adam Lallana equalized in the 89th minutes to split the points with the Red Devils who went ahead via a Robin van Persie strike in the first half.
Manager David Moyes ‘rejected’ suggestions United have lost their ‘fear factor’ without Sir Alex Ferguson who was in attendance in the stands on Saturday.
"I think the fear factor is from the team on the pitch, that's always the case.
"The players are the thing because of their quality. Obviously Sir Alex has a great history and there is all his experience but the players will always be what matters on the pitch."
Sir Alex Ferguson insisted winning ‘any trophy’ would be a fantastic achievement for Moyes in his first term in charge with the champions.
"For David, winning a trophy would be a fantastic achievement," Ferguson told MUTV.
“No matter what it is - the League Cup, FA Cup, European Cup or Premier League. It is not easy winning a trophy in our league because you could say there are six teams fighting for the league."
Ferguson also feared he was leaving United ‘in the lurch’ by retiring at the end of last season.
“I had a meeting with David Gill in my house," Ferguson said. "He phoned me one lunchtime and said 'are you busy' - it was a Sunday - he said: 'I'd like to come over and speak to you,’” he explained.
“He came over to talk to me about him retiring himself. I says: 'Christ, I've made up my mind to retire myself at the end of the season.' That gave me a terrible quandary because you start thinking about leaving the club in the lurch.”
However, Moyes insisted Ferguson’s departure is not to ‘blame’ for United’s poor form.
"Sir Alex Ferguson has a great history and his experience will always work in charge of any team," said Moyes.
"But the fear comes from the team on the pitch."
Meanwhile, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes United are still in the race for the title, despite a disappointing start to the season so far.
“Are Man United out of the title race? No, but of course 10 points starts to be a little gap," said Wenger.
"They have big players, big experience and they are a big club."
United legend and Sky Sports presenter Gary Neville believes United’s ‘slow’ midfield is behind their lackluster performances this season.
In team news, United take on Real Sociedad on Wednesday at Old Trafford in the Champions League.
In other news, Sir Alex Ferguson’s autobiography is set to send ‘shockwaves’ through football when it is officially released tomorrow (Tuesday).
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