News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
Manchester United take on Aston Villa at Old Trafford this Saturday.
In team news, captain Nemanja Vidic returns from his suspension but both Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans are still ‘doubts’ with hamstring and calf injuries, respectively. Robin van Persie remains sidelined with a knee injury.
Provisional squad: De Gea, Lindegaard, Rafael, Evra, Ferdinand, Smalling, Vidic, Jones, Evans, Buttner, Giggs, Carrick, Young, Cleverley, Fletcher, Valencia, Kagawa, Nani, Fellaini, Januzaj, Mata, Rooney, Welbeck, Hernandez.
David Moyes faces the press this afternoon amidst on-going unrest amongst fans who are understood to be planning a protest against the manager this Saturday via a flypass banner over Old Trafford.
Air advertising company Air Ads confirmed they have been contacted about a banner to fly over Old Trafford this weekend. The sign reading ‘WRONG ONE – MOYES OUT’ is expected to be flown over the Theatre of Dreams for around quarter of an hour at the beginning of the game against the Villains.
‘Disgruntled’ fans have explained their decision to protest this weekend as supporters wanted to express their wants for the club.
"We wanted to show that support isn't as 100% as Moyes would like to think," explained Wes Jones who organized the stunt.
However the PFA’s Gordon Taylor is not impressed by the plans, which he thinks, lacks ‘class’. He told the BBC:
"I don't think it's something you need to see or want to see. Sometimes as supporters you can feel quite upset but sometimes you've also got to show a bit of class.”
Meanwhile, reports of the Class of ’92 legend plotting a takeover bid of the club have sent share prices rocketing – shares in he club rose by £80 million in the wake of speculation linking former players David Beckham, the Neville brothers, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, and Nicky Butt with a takeover bid backed by the oil-rich Qatari family.
However, the aforementioned legends (excluding Beckham) have agreed a deal to purchase Salford City.
"We want to use our football experience and knowledge to nurture young talent," said Ryan Giggs of the venture.
Elsewhere, Manchester United’s troubles this season could have an impact on the Premier League brand, according to the competition’s chief executive Richard Scudamore.
"It's a double-edged sword," said Scudamore. "When your most popular club isn't doing as well, that costs you interest and audience in some places."
In transfer news, United are linked with former Chelsea defender Alex who is out of contract at Paris Saint-Germain this summer.
In other news, the FA have requested video footage to assess if Marouane Fellaini spat at Pablo Zabaleta during the Manchester derby defeat on Tuesday, a video of which you can see here.