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Thursday, 24 January 2013

MANCHESTER UNITED LATEST INCLUDING ZAHA'S MEDICAL NEWS

Since United dropped two points at white hart Lane a lot have been going on at the Manchester Club. Soccer4life takes a look at all the happenings at the club.
Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has insisted he regards himself as the No.1 for the Premier League leaders.
The Spaniard could find himself back on the bench for Saturday's FA Cup fourth round tie with Fulham as Sir Alex Ferguson continues to utilise the former Atletico Madrid man and fellow shot-stopper Anders Lindegaard.

De Gea made a number of superb saves during Sunday's 1-1 draw with Tottenham at White Hart Lane but was heavily criticised by Sky Sports expert Gary Neville for his weak punch which contributed to Clint Dempsey's last-gasp leveller.



Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha is to have a medical at Manchester United in the next 48 hours.
Palace have given United permission to speak to the 20-year-old England international according to Sky sources, although there has been no official confirmation from either club.
Zaha will travel north with his advisor Will Salthouse for the medical and to discuss personal terms.
The transfer fee will possibly be up to £15m and Zaha is expected to remain with Palace for the remainder of the season as part of the deal.
Zaha made his debut for the Eagles in March 2010 and won his first England cap in the friendly against Sweden in November.
United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is a long-time admirer of Zaha and last week watched him in Palace's FA Cup third round replay defeat at Stoke, while Ferguson's assistant Mike Phelan was at Burnley for a recent Championship game
Arsenal had also been suggested as a possible destination for Zaha but Gunners boss Arsene Wenger said earlier this week that he was never interested in the player.

Manchester United have announced that forward Federico Macheda is to join VfB Stuttgart on loan for the rest of the season.
Macheda is the leading goalscorer for United's U21 team this season but his first-team opportunities have been limited, although he made the bench for the FA Cup third-round draw at West Ham.
Stuttgart, currently 10th in the Bundesliga, have been looking to acquire a forward and their director of sport Fredi Bobic has been monitoring Macheda.
"We have been watching him for a while now," Bobic said recently. "He is one of the players we have on our shortlist."
And they have now wrapped up a deal for the 21-year-old, who has previously been on loan at Sampdoria and QPR, without a massive amount of success.
Macheda said: "I have followed the Bundesliga and naturally know about Stuttgart. I am glad that I can now play for the club.
"For me, it is about getting to know the team and what I can bring, because we have a lot of interesting games in three different competitions in front of us."
Stuttgart have snatched Macheda from under the noses of Spanish second division side Elche, who said earlier in the week that they were poised to take the forward on loan.
With Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez all fit, Macheda has understandably struggled to break into the first-team squad at Old Trafford this term.
Back in 2009, he famously scored a crucial goal against Aston Villa as a 17-year-old, which helped United to clinch the title.

Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley vows to pressure Fulham on Saturday as the Red Devils target FA Cup glory.
The Cottagers travel to Old Trafford at the weekend in the fourth round of the competition and Cleverley intends to be all over the opposition.
"At home, if we've got teams under a lot of pressure, they can struggle if we don't give them a second to breathe," said the 23-year-old England international, quoted in The Sun.
"We've played some really good stuff - fast, one-touch football."
Asked how important the competition is to United, Cleverley said: "It means a lot. Our last FA Cup win was in 2004 and it's a trophy I want.

Manchester City are closing in on Arsenal and Chelsea in football's money league, according to the latest figures from Deloitte.
Premier League champions City, who are owned by Abu Dhabi-based Sheikh Mansour, saw revenues rise by 51% last year as they climbed five places to seventh on the list, just behind London duo Arsenal and Chelsea.
Real Madrid continue to top the league ahead of Barcelona, while Manchester United stay in third ahead of Bayern Munich despite a small fall in revenue last season.
Austin Houlihan, senior manager in the sports business group at Deloitte, said that City's growth - thanks to Champions League income and the huge new deal with Etihad - was a significant change to the European football landscape.
"Manchester City's Premier League title-winning season combined with participation in the UEFA Champions League, helped drive 51% revenue growth to £231.1m, the largest absolute and relative growth of any Money League club," Houlihan said.
"The club's progress to the top of the English and European game means that they are set to remain a top-10 Money League club for the foreseeable future, and will look to push on ahead of the two English clubs immediately above them, Arsenal and Chelsea, for a top-five ranking."
Arsenal's revenue last season was £235m, only £4m more than City's, but they have a bumper new £150m sponsorship deal with Emirates on the horizon, plus an expected new kit deal with Nike.
European champions Chelsea's revenue may well fall this season following their record high in 2012 after they failed to make the Champions League knockout stages this campaign.
Deloitte's report added: "Chelsea's feat in becoming the first London club to win the UEFA Champions League allowed it to claim fifth place.
"However, an early exit from European competition this year and capacity constraints of their Stamford Bridge home could see them slip down the Money League next year."
Although Barcelona and Real Madrid have seen revenues increase when calculated in euros, when converted to pounds sterling both have experienced a drop.
Deloitte Money League, revenues in 2011/12:
1 Real Madrid £414.7m (£433m in 2010/11)
2 Barcelona £390.8m (£407m)
3 Manchester United £320.3m (£331.4m)
4 Bayern Munich £298.1m (£290.3m)
5 Chelsea £261m (£228.6m)
6 Arsenal £234.9m (£226.8m)
7 Manchester City £231.1m (£153.2m)
8 AC Milan £207.9m (£212m)
9 Liverpool £188.7m (£183.6m)
10 Juventus £158.1m (£139m)

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