Ashley Young is being tipped for a return to the Manchester United squad for the match against Stoke City this weekend. Young has been injured since the start of the season with United forced into playing narrow formations in recent games due to a lack of available wide players.
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand is being tipped to join brother, Anton, in a boycott against anti-racism campaign ‘Kick it Out’. A number of high profile black players are thought to be about to boycott wearing shirts with the campaign’s logo after scenes during the week after England’s Under-21 match against Serbia. However, Sir Alex Ferguson has stated that all of his players will wear the shirts.
Sir Alex Ferguson has criticised Reading striker Jason Roberts over his plans to boycott the ‘Kick it Out’ campaign against racism. Roberts has stated that he will not wear the shirt in light of recent examples of racism involving England and English players. However, Ferguson has said he is making the wrong point and has urged everyone to be united in the campaign.
Manchester United winger Nani says the side will have to work hard to get the better of Stoke City. Nani has stated that Stoke are one of the most difficult teams to play against due to their physical presence. Nani is hoping for a return to the team after being left out of the recent win over Newcastle United.
Manchester United Chief Executive David Gill has been named as the vice-chairman of the English Football Association. Gill’s name was put forward by a colleague and he will start his new role alongside his Manchester United commitments. It is unclear at present how this news will affect his role as the CE at United.
Manchester United attacking players Nani and Javier Hernandez continue to be linked with moves away from the club in the papers. Nani is thought to be a target for Italian sides Juventus and AC Milan while Chicharito has been linked with a big money deal to move to Fiorentina. The club and the players have not commented on the speculation
Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed his delight at a new £13 million training ground extension which will allow the club to modernise their medical equipment. The club have signed an agreement with Toshiba and Ferguson states that he hopes it will enable players to spend as little time being treated as possible.
Sir Alex Ferguson has stated that youth striker Josh King is destined to have a long and successful career with the club. King has spent many loan spells away from Old Trafford including a trip to the Bundesliga. Ferguson praised the striker after he scored his first international goal for Norway in their recent World Cup qualifying win against Cyprus.
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