News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson insisted that striker Robin van Persie does not need a rest.
"Robin doesn't need a rest, that’s for sure," Ferguson said.
"He's a strong lad with a great physique. It is disappointing that he wasn't awarded the goal at Sunderland, but I can understand that because it took a wicked deflection.”
"Wayne and Rafa have started training this morning," revealed the Scot.
“Which is good news,” he added.
"Hopefully, they will be fine by Monday. Jonny Evans and Nemanja Vidic are not there yet but, hopefully, they will start training maybe tomorrow or Saturday morning. We have a little bit of time on our hands to get most of the troops ready for the game."
Ferguson also asserted his belief that City will not ‘derail’ United’s title hopes.
“It'll be a big game for City. They'll want to come and derail us for a spell. I can understand their motivation – we'd probably have the same motivation. But we're at home. Our consistency in the league is there for all to see. I expect us to perform really well on Monday," he explained.
Meanwhile, City captain Vincent Kompany has conceded City can ‘forget’ the title but still be ‘champions of Manchester’ if they win the derby.
“A derby is a derby. I don't think we could care less about the league in that game,” conceded the Belgian.
“It is about who is going to be champions of Manchester - that is all it is.”
Back at Old Trafford, United veteran Ryan Giggs has outlined that the ‘anguish’ of last season’s title loss to City will provide the ideal motivation on Monday.
“No one wanted to experience disappointment again. Sitting in the dressing room after the final game was horrendous,” admitted the Welshman.
“To lose on goal difference was cruel, so everyone was hurting. That will have stayed with the manager over the summer. It’s been one hell of a motivation.”
United goalkeeper David De Gea claims United are getting the best out of him by playing him every week, improving his form and confidence between the sticks.
"I'm more confident and feel I'm playing consistently because I've had a prolonged run in the team,” stated the Spaniard.
De Gea also urged his team to ‘finish the job’ against City next week.
“We’re all focused on getting three points from every game – that is what will take us to our objective. We appreciate where we are in the league and we want to finish it,” he explained.
In transfer news, United ‘target’ Robert Lewandowski has been given a ‘deadline’ of May to decide where his future lies, with regard to his on-going contract saga with current club Borussia Dortmund, according to ESPN.
Elsewhere, Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has claimed that PSG is Wayne Rooney’s ‘only option’ if he wants to leave United.
"I can understand why the owners are interested in Rooney - he is in the top 10 of strikers in Europe,” he observed.
"If he wants to be part of the best project in football then there is only one club to sign for.”
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