Shinji Kagawa will not play against Chelsea and will be out of action for three to four weeks. The Japanese midfielder twisted his knee during the win against Braga and United have confirmed it will be a minimum of three weeks before he returns to training and around a month before he is fit enough to play.
West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce says his club will try to sign Rio Ferdinand if he is available at the end of the season. Ferdinand’s contract at Manchester United expires in the summer and recent friction between the defender and Sir Alex Ferguson could cause Ferdinand to move on.
Ryan Giggs has told United's official site that the club's diamond formation is not a permanent departure from their famed wing play. With Kagawa's injury, United are more likely to revert to using out and out wingers against Chelsea and in the future.
Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted that Chelsea’s unique formation and blend of attacking players could cause his side problems this weekend. Chelsea pack the midfield with talented ball players and use only one main striker. Ferguson has picked out Eden Hazard, Oscar and Juan Mata as potential threats to his team for Sunday’s match.
Sir Alex Ferguson says Javier Hernandez has benefited from having a break over the summer. The Mexican was meant to represent his country at the Olympic Games but Ferguson blocked him from being selected for the Mexican team which went onto win the gold medal.
Manchester United defender Jonny Evans has said he is ready for Chelsea this Sunday. Evans has been one of the defenders criticised in recent weeks after flaws in the United defence have been exposed. Evans suggests the rotation used at United this season gives them the edge over their opponents.
Sir Alex Ferguson has called for football’s governing bodies to do more to stamp out racism. Several players refused to wear the ‘Kick it Out’ campaign t-shirt last weekend in a protest against racism in the game. Ferguson says UEFA and FIFA need to take harsher action against future offenders.
Former Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar has said he is certain Robin Van Persie will fire the club to success. The former Dutch number one spent time with Van Persie during his international career and says he can score the goals for many seasons to come that will secure United further trophies.
Former Manchester United striker Michael Owen says Robin Van Persie was right to leave Arsenal over the summer. Owen wrote in his personal blog that the Dutch striker made the right move for his career as United are more likely to win trophies for the rest of his career than Arsenal.
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