Posts Tagged ‘Old Trafford’

Dimitar Berbatov’s agent has confirmed that he expects his client to honour his contract at Manchester United. Speculation had been mounting that the striker could leave Old Trafford this summer.

After being left out of the Champions League final and making most of his appearances as a substitute for United it was thought that Berbatov was frustrated at Old Trafford and would seek a move away.

Alex Ferguson has previously stated that he would understand if the Bulgarian would want to leave Manchester United this summer, but the player’s agent Emil Dantchev has played down the speculation that he will leave and says the 30-year-old will remain with the Premier League champions.

He told tuttomercatoweb: “Berbatov away? I don’t want to comment on what the newspapers write, these are just words.

“There is only one truth: Berbatov is a Manchester United player… and he will not leave before the end of his contract.”

“I repeat: Berbatov will stay at Manchester.”

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Alex Ferguson has claimed that he expects Manchester City to mount a realistic title challenge this coming season, both United and City are expected to hit the ground running when the campaign gets underway in August following closely by Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool.

The Scot expects City to be a thorn in United’s flesh this season and Fergie acknowledges that United will have to play at their best if they are to reach their 20th Premier League title, City have emerged as realistic challengers for major honours since Sheikh Mansour’s takeover of the club and heavily investing in the team.

He said: “There was a period not so long ago when City were actually in the second division and they were never a thorn in our flesh.

The Manchester United manager also went on to add; “Whereas every year in the past we’ve had to contend with Arsenal, Chelsea or Liverpool.

“But winning a trophy does you a power of good. I don’t think there’s any doubt about that. It takes the pressure off the manager and gives confidence to the players.

“We’ve experienced it ourselves over the years and we expect City to be challengers next season.

“But nothing changes. One of the teams will always be a thorn in our flesh, whether we like it or not – possibly all four of them.”

Ferguson also believes that Liverpool, who have endured a difficult time of late, will be back to their best under Kenny Dalglish this season.

He added: “Liverpool went off the radar for a bit. They are now back on it.

“Long term you know they are going to there.”

Ferguson has also reiterated his desire to maintain his position in the United hot seat and has played down speculation that he could retire soon, when speaking about if he looking for retire soon he added;  “Absolutely not,”

“Not at all. I’m not even thinking about it. You just have to keep going.

“The challenge, whether it’s with young players or old players, is that you have to do something. There’s always that expectation at this club.”

Paul Scholes says that he hopes Arsenal’s Samir Nasri will join Manchester United this summer, Scholes always views the midfielder as the ideal player to replace him at United.

The Frenchman’s future has come under the spotlight recently and media speculation has suggested that he wants to leave the Gunners to win trophies.

Arsenal have gone six season without winning any silverware and Scholes insists that while Arsenal do play attractive football, this doesn’t win trophies.

After Gael Clichy transfer to Manchester City yesterday, Scholes feels that Nasri could well be the next one out the door at Arsenal.

Scholes says he would love to see Nasri playing for United next season, Reports have suggested that the France international is keen to move to Old Trafford  amid claims the Premier League champions will offer £20million for his services.

When asked if Nasri was coming to United, Scholes  said: “I hope so.”

Scholes, who retired from football at the end of last season says Sir Alex Ferguson  would “not allow” United to go six years without a trophy.

“They just flatter to deceive,” he said.

“They may play the prettiest football, but it doesn’t always produce the results they need. It doesn’t irritate me that people say they’re the best footballing team because while they are doing that, we (United) are winning games.

“They do play the best football to watch at times, but what is the point of that if you are not winning anything? Not only that, they are potentially going to lose their best players in (Cesc) Fabregas, (Samir) Nasri and (Gael) Clichy.

“I don’t think our manager would allow this club to go six years without a trophy.”

Manchester United have confirmed their third signing of the summer, David De Gea has completed his move to the Red Devils and has signed a five-year contract at Old Trafford.

The former Atletico Madrid shot-stopper is seen as a direct replacement for Edwin van der Sar who retired from football at the end of last season, United have yet to announce the fee to sign the Goalkeeper.

De Gea stared for the Spanish under 21’s who captured the European Championships last week conceding only two goals during the whole tournament,

The 20-year-old passed a medical earlier this week and has spoke of his delight at signing for the Premier League champions

“I feel very proud and I can’t wait to start playing here,” De Gea  told MUTV.

“When a club the size of Manchester United  comes in for you it obviously makes you very, very happy.

“I saw their interest as an extra motivation to work even harder to show off my ability.

“It’s a great privilege to be part of a club like United and I’m keen to do my best and show what I can do.”

Manchester United have today completed the move for Ashley Young, the former Aston Villa player has signed a five-year contract at Old Trafford after signing for an undisclosed fee which is thought to be in the region of £16-£20m.

The deal was agreed in principal two weeks ago, but while Young was on holiday the clubs were unable to officially announce the deal.

But the forward was in Manchester yesterday and after passing a medical he agreed to personal terms today so United were able to unveil their new signing.

Young is now United’s second signing this summer joining Phil Jones at Old Trafford who signed from Blackburn Rovers for £16.5million.

Cristiano Ronaldo claims he intends to stay at Real Madrid after ruling out a move to Manchester City, the former United winger has been linked with the Eastlands club this summer but has denied that he would leave the Spanish giants.

Media reports suggested that the Portuguese winger could tempted by City’s massive wage offer, while Ronaldo admits he could earn more money than he does at that Santiago Bernabeu he claims he is more than happy at Real Madrid.

The former Red Devil experienced an incredible time at Real Madird, scoring 87 goals from 89 games in two years.

“I am not thinking about leaving Real Madrid,” he told Marca. “I’m very happy here. I’m great.

“I could perhaps double what I have in my bank account elsewhere, but for me happiness is the most important thing.

“If I could say to the president today I’d sign for ten years then I would. Why not sign for life?

“I am not going to City. I give you my word. I want to fulfil my contract.”

Nani has insisted that he would like to coached Jose Mourinho one day, although they Portuguese winger says he is more than happy at Old Trafford.

The Manchester United winger has declared he would like link-up with his compatriot, Nani has just enjoyed his best season with the Premier League champions since joining from Sporting Lisbon in 2007.

Although the United man insists he was left disappointed by being left out of Alex Ferguson’s team in the Champions League final, he admits that he is content at United for now.

“I am fine at Manchester United but it is good to hear there are other clubs interested,” he said at a youth tournament in Seixal.

“Would I like to work under Mourinho? Yes, but at this moment I am fine at Manchester United.”

“It was a very positive season for Manchester United, and my best individual campaign,” he added.

“I was left with a bitter taste in my mouth after not being a starter in the Champions League final.

“I was hoping to play from the start, but it is up to the coach to decide.”