Wednesday, December 28, 2011

United In The News

Manchester United on alert as Inter look to sell Sneijder in transfer window
27th December 2011

Manchester United could resurrect their interest in Wesley Sneijder as Inter Milan plan to sell their midfielder to raise funds for rebuilding. Sneijder came close to moving to Old Trafford in the summer, but Fergie was warned off by the size of the figures involved in the deal.

However, United boss Sir Alex Ferguson could be forced to dip into the transfer market this January after the club suffered injuries to a number of key players. Darren Fletcher is taking an extended break from the game with ulcerative colitis, Nemanja Vidic has been ruled out for the season, Anderson is battling a long-term knee problem and Tom Cleverly is also sidelined.

Manchester United suffer Jonny Evans injury blow
26 December 2011

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson expects Jonny Evans to be out for two weeks with a calf injury, adding to club's defensive problems.

Evans was forced off at half-time in the 5-0 victory over Wigan, leaving United without a fit centre-back.

Nemanja Vidic (knee)
Darren Fletcher (illness)
Rio Ferdinand (back)
Michael Owen (thigh)
Anderson (knee)
Tom Cleverley (ankle)
Fabio (hamstring)
Phil Jones (illness)
Ashley Young (knee)
Chris Smalling (illness)
Jonny Evans (calf)

Ferguson Hints At Midfield Deal
27 December 2011

Sir Alex Ferguson has hinted that Ryan Giggs may be given another extension on his contract, after the midfielder scored for the 20th consecutive Premier League season in a row before the Christmas break.

Giggs has made over 600 appearances for the Red Devils since moving from the club's youth academy to the senior squad in 1990, and is one of the few one-club men to have been with the side almost as long as Sir Alex Ferguson himself.

Man United swoop for Sweden international
27 December 2011

Manchester United will officially complete the signing of AZ Alkmaar ace Rasmus Elm in June. Reports from Italian newspaper Calcio Mercato have suggested the champions have agreed a deal to sign Elm and the move will become official in the summer, subject to a medical.

United have tracked Elm for over a year and have been impressed with the midfielder playing in the Eredivisie. Elm, the younger brother of David - who once played for Fulham - is a Sweden international and the deal is rumoured to be worth around £5m. The 23-year-old's current contract expires in 2013 and AZ have agreed to sell him because he has shown a reluctance to pen a new deal amid United's interest.

AC Milan Legend Selects Manchester United Star in Greatest Ever XI
27 December 2011

AC Milan legend Franco Baresi has selected Manchester United hero Ryan Giggs in his all-time greatest XI alongside the likes of Maradona and Paulo Maldini.

"He is so intelligent - you notice that from where he runs." Baresi said of the Manchester United legend when choosing his greatest ever XI in FourFourTwo Magazine.

Franco Baresi's 'My Perfect XI' from the January issue of FourFourTwo Magazine: -

Gianluigi Buffon, Cafu, Paulo Maldini, Alessandro Nesta, Roberto Carlos, Luis Figo, Frank Rijkaard, Zinedine Zidane, Ryan Giggs, Diego Maradona, Marco Van Basten.

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