Manchester United latest: Including Fergie mind games and Rodriguez alternative

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Rio Ferdinand has revealed how Sir Alex Ferguson used the Premier League table to fire up the side before their away win at Newcastle United. Fergie used the table as a way to illustrate the side’s defensive problems compared with their main rivals and Ferdinand says the message came across loud and clear.

Manchester United legend Eric Cantona has revealed that he would jump at the chance to manage the club one day. However, the Frenchman has also revealed that he would love to see Sir Alex Ferguson as the manager forever and finds it difficult to imagine anyone replacing him.

James Rodriguez has resisted the chance to talk about speculation over a move to Manchester United. The Porto star says he has to remain calm and quiet while a battle unfolds for him between the biggest clubs in Europe. United are reportedly ready to pay the buy out clause in his contract.

Manchester United are tracking the progress of Roma attacking midfielder Erik Lamela. United are keeping one eye on the player according to reports in case they fail in their bid to lure James Rodriguez away from Porto due to an over inflated price from the Portuguese club.

Manchester United legend Alex Stepney says David De Gea is a better goalkeeper than Anders Lindegaard and deserves to be the club’s number one this season. Stepney argues that De Gea is less likely to lose his place in the side unless he makes a massive error which costs United points.

Manchester United face a battle with Serie A clubs Inter Milan and Juventus to sign Juan Fernando Quintero. United have been linked with the Colombian international thanks to the club’s South American scouting system. However, the competition from Italy means they may have to pay an inflated price for the player.

Manchester United have told current kit supplier Nike that they will have to up their sponsorship deal to continue their association with the club. Nike are currently in a 13-year deal with United worth £303 million. However, United are reportedly ready to pull the plug on the partnership unless the figure rises to £357 million.

Wayne Rooney has revealed that Sir Alex Ferguson has stressed hard work as the main message if the club wants to win the title this season. Rooney has said how the manager puts across the same message in training and before every game as United battle with Manchester City and Chelsea to win back the Premier League crown.

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