Manchester City’s Assistant Manager Brian Kidd believes the Premier League title is Manchester United’s to lose, given their imperious track record.
United head into 2011 atop the Premiership, albeit on goal difference, with two games in hand over their City rivals.
United were denied victory on Tuesday thanks to a controversial 90th-minute strike by Lee Bowyer but Kidd, a former assistant to United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, said: “It’s theirs to lose, it’s in their hands. You can’t get away from that.
“They have been round the block and know how to win league titles.”
Youngsters recalled from loan.
Sir Alex Ferguson has recalled defender Ritchie de Laet and striker Joshua King in the wake of Darren Ferguson’s exit from Preston.
Darren Ferguson departed Deepdale having won only 13 out of 49 games and Sir Alex has moved swiftly to show his disapproval of the decision. He has also made it clear he wants the England Under-20 midfielder Matty James to return to Old Trafford from his season-long loan.
“This has come as a shock to us and a bit of a blow,” club chairman Maurice Lindsay, said today.
“It’s a big blow for us. These are two players, young and enthusiastic, who seemed to be enjoying it at Preston, so to be told by their parent club that they can’t play for us again really is sad indeed.”
Owen to West Ham.
West Ham boss Avram Grant is planning an audacious move for injury-plagued Manchester United striker Michael Owen, according to The Daily Mirror.
Grant is desperate to sign a striker to save the Hammer’s deteriorating season, who sit bottom of the league, a further 3 points from safety. Reports suggest that Owen is top of his wish list and with his current deal due to expire in the summer; a permanent move may be on the cards.
Co-owner David Gold has promised funds for the upcoming transfer window after accepting that vast improvements were needed for the current squad.
In related news, West Ham have also enquired about taking United favourite David Beckham on loan from LA Galaxy for two months.