Alexis Sanchez has rejected Manchester United in favour of Barcelona in a major blow for the England club. Pozzo also held talks with two Italian sides — believed to be Juventus and Inter Milan — as well as meeting Barcelona’s sporting director, Andoni Zubizarreta, and vice-president, Josep Maria Bartomeu.
Sir Alex Ferguson has said that he is praying for the return of Rio Ferdinand in the Champions League match against Chelsea. Prior the 1-0 first-leg victory at Stamford Bridge, Ferdinand, cursed by back, knee and calf injuries for the past two years, had made 20 appearances for United this season and emerged unbeaten in each one.
Manchester United could not break the deadlock against Marseille and ended up drawing the first leg Champions League game. Didier Deschamps’ critique about their paucity of creativity, simply demonstrating the resolve in their ranks to take a solid step towards the Champions League quarter-finals. No richness but no risks either.
Manchester United are planning to make a big bid for Ashley Young. According to reports, United were also keen on Ashley Young and even went as far as making a £15 million bid.
Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson appeared to confirm that in his programme notes for Saturday's Manchester derby.
Manchester United are set to miss Rafael Da Silva for the FA Cup clash with Southampton. The Brazilian international was stretchered off in the second half with concussion during United’s 3-2 victory over Blackpool on Tuesday after a clash of heads with Marlon Harewood.
Manchester United have drawn Southampton in the FA Cup fourth-round and it is an away tie for the Premier league side.The Saints, who beat Premier League side Blackpool 2-0 on Saturday, will face Alex Ferguson’s men at St Mary’s on the weekend of January 29/30.
Manchester United are looking to offer a new coaching role for Edwin van Der Sar once he retires. The goalkeeper has yet to officially state his intentions, but manager Sir Alex Ferguson reckons this campaign will be the 40-year-old’s last.
Manchester United drew with Valencia in the last match of the group stages to win the group. Succeeding in their aim of avoiding Real Madrid and Barcelona, United could be pitted against runners-up like Inter Milan, Lyon, Marseille, AC Milan or Copenhagen when Sir Bobby Charlton assists the last-16 pairings in Nyon.
David Gill has talked up Manchester United's business model by saying that they have a long-term financing structure in place. "We have a long-term financing structure in place, excellent revenues that are growing, we are controlling our costs and we can afford the interest on our long-term finance," he said.
Fabio Da Silva was given a rare start by Ferguson in the Champions League match with Rangers. Only Darren Fletcher remained from the Everton eleven and there were welcome returns to the starting eleven for Rio Ferdinand and Wayne Rooney with Chris Smalling and Javier Hernandez making their Champions League debuts.