Reports surfaced today that the Premier League’s top teams would be paid to compete in a ‘Dream Football League’ in Qatar along with other top European teams including Manchester United, Chelsea, and Liverpool.
However, this ‘story’ was claimed to be a hoax later on today, but The Times are standing by their story insisting they have documentation of e-mails backing it up.
United legend Andy Cole has urged Wayne Rooney to remain at United and subsequently revealed his own ‘regret’ at leaving Old Trafford in his career.
"Looking back on what happened to me, if I hadn't been so headstrong and stubborn I could have stayed at United,” said the former England striker.
"I wasn't playing regularly and I wasn't the happy man so I made my mind up. In hindsight I should have stayed.”
Meanwhile, United’s FA Cup sixth round replay with Chelsea has been schedule for Easter Monday April 1st at 12.30pm at Stamford Bridge, meaning the Blues Premier League fixture with Southampton has been moved to Saturday March 30th at 3.00pm.
Elsewhere, United winger Ashley Young has asserted his belief that United won’t be ‘denied’ silverware this year.
"When you move to a club like United you look at the trophy cabinet and what they have won. Everybody is a born winner. The manager gives you that belief to win every game and win trophies. I joined the club to win trophies,” revealed the England star.
In transfer news, out-of-favour United striker Federico Macheda has ‘cooled’ speculation of a move to Serie A.
The Italian’s agent Giovanni Bia told Italian site TuttoMercatoWeb:
“For the moment there is not that possibility. He is fine in Germany, the club are very pleased.”
In other news, Real Madrid legend Emilio Butragueno has stated United should be proud of their fans after their disappointing and controversial defeat by Real Madrid.
“I think you must be very proud of your fans and the fans have to be very proud of the team really,” he commented.
Finally, United striker Robin van Persie faces ‘tough’ competition from Gareth Bale and Luis Suarez for the PFA Player of the Year award, voted for by his fellow professional footballers at the end of the season.
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