News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
Manchester United take on Newcastle United away this Saturday.
In team news, ahead of the clash with the Magpies, David Moyes has confirmed defenders Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling, Rafael and Alexander Buttner are all ‘carrying knocks’ whilst Ryan Giggs and Robin van Persie are both out injured.
However Juan Mata and Patrice Evra should be available to return to the squad and Newcastle have their own injury crisis to contend with as many as seven players injured including striker Loic Remy, goalkeeper Tim Krul and fullback Mathieu Debuchy.
Reports in M.E.N more recently suggest Moyes could have Evans and Smalling back just in time for the clash but this has not been confirmed by the club officially.
In transfer news, United have been encouraged to pursue interest in Marco Reus after reports suggest the Borussia Dortmund attacker would have been allowed to leave the Bundesliga to sign for Barcelona who are now under a transfer embargo imposed by FIFA leaving the German to look elsewhere for a move.
In other news, Sir Alex Ferguson has secured a teaching position at Harvard University in Boston, USA. The Scot will provide academic insight on The Business of Entertainment, Media and Sport at the Ivy League university in May.
Manchester United will be force to seek permission from the FA to play lucrative friendlies across the world next season. The club will look to play friendly fixtures as an alternative source of income if the club fail to secure European qualification this term under David Moyes but will need the approval of the FA to do so during the league season.
Finally, United’s wage bill now exceeds Chelsea’s for the first time since Roman Abramovich took over the Blues is 2004. New deals for Wayne Rooney and club record signing Juan Mata have not been added to make the Red Devils’ wage bill £182 million in 2012/13 however this still far below that of Manchester City’s £223 million.