A round-up of stories relating to Manchester United over the past 24 hours.
Sir Alex Ferguson is hoping his Manchester United team will not lose focus during the game against Liverpool in what is set to be a highly emotive day in English football. Ferguson recalls the Manchester derby on the 50th anniversary of the Munich air disaster and remembers how the emotional charge of the day meant the team were never in a capacity to play. Ferguson is looking to avoid a repeat and has urged his team to maintain their focus throughout the game.
And Ferguson stated that Wayne Rooney and Ashley Young will not be available for this weekend’s game despite reports suggesting that the former could be in line for a return following a gashed thigh injury. Ferguson predicted that Rooney could be in line for a return next week although Ashley Young’s outlook is less positive with the winger likely to be out for a further three weeks with bruised cartilage. Speaking on Darren Fletcher, the United manager revealed that the midfielder will not start this weekend but will be involved in next week’s Capital One Cup match against Newcastle.
Sir Alex Ferguson has penned a letter that will be distributed to all United supporters at the Liverpool game. The letter compels United fans to consider their actions and consider ‘what makes United the best club in the world’.
Sir Alex Ferguson believes younger managers such as Brendan Rogers and Andre Villas-Boas should be given more time but understands that modern football is now a results run industry: ‘We’re in an age where patience is not a realistic thing, it’s just not there.’
Captain Nemanja Vidic feels United are in a good state to win at Anfield on Sunday after two consecutive clean-sheets. But Vidic also acknowledges that form will be irrelevant when United take on Liverpool on Sunday and describes the match as a ‘game by itself’ where each team ‘has an equal chance of winning’.
Manchester United are reportedly monitoring Wigan’s James McCarthy. The box-to-box midfielder is viewed as a long-term replacement for United’s ageing midfielders with Paul Scholes and Michael Carrick 37 and 31 years respectively. But United face competition for the £10m rated 21-year-old from Chelsea.
And Galatasaray vice-president Ali Durust has revealed that Sir Alex Ferguson enquired about goalkeeper Fernando Muslera and defender Semih Kaya following United’s 1-0 win over the Turkish side. But Durust stated that he named no price for the two players whom he described as ‘indispensable’.
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