Much news off of the field this week in Manchester has been making headlines in the national press. Some good, some bad, some pointless.
Anders Lindegaard has been rewarded for some fine pre-season form, with a new four-year deal.
The Danish shot stopper believes he is good enough to be first choice between the sticks this season – and obviously Sir Alex has seen enough in the development of the 28-year-old, that he requires his services for another four years.
Current number one, David De Gea, came under some criticism at the beginning of 2011/12, and many felt Lindegaard may have benefited from a longer run in the side, had he not picked up an injury.
I look forward to seeing a healthy rivalry between the two.
Rio Ferdinand has denied a charge by the FA of “acting in a way that was improper and bringing the game into disrepute”.
Rio did not make the initial remark and merely laughed along with what was tweeted, however, the FA see this as enough to land the former England captain in hot water.
This situation has divided the United faithful, with many feeling the charge is harsh, but some agreeing Rio should have known better.
Since Manchester United pulled out of the FA cup in 1999/2000 to play in an international competition, it seems that the FA charges landing through the Old Trafford letter box have increased tenfold, for matters that would ordinarily be overlooked at other clubs.
Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling remain on the treatment table; however, those who featured in Euro 2012 have travelled with the squad – meaning a stronger side is expected to be fielded than that from the first leg of the tour.
Mike Phealen takes charge of the first tour match, with Sir Alex being elsewhere on club duty.
This statement alone has got the tabloid tongues moving and put that rumour mill into full motion.
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