Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson looks set to stand by his promise that no new players will be arriving at Old Trafford this January.
United’s only new addition, goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard, made his debut in the FA Cup victory over Southampton at the weekend.
However despite Ferguson’s recent claims, transfer stories continue to circulate around the city of Manchester. Reports suggest that Blackpool’s Charlie Adam has been earmarked as a long-term replacement for Paul Scholes whilst the Red Devils are said to be monitoring the situation of Fernando Torres at Liverpool.
Non-league Crawley Town have been rewarded for their victory over Torquay with a fairytale FA Cup fifth-round tie at Old Trafford.
The Blue Square Bet Conference high-fliers are known as the Manchester City of non-League football, having spent more on transfers last summer than the whole of League Two and boss Steve Evans is relishing the tie.
“It was just a surreal moment, I suppose if you are Arsene Wenger or Alec McLeish you don’t want that draw – but we did.
“We will approach the tie in a really positive nature. The only non-league club capable of beating Manchester United is Crawley Town as we stand today. Miracles do happen.”
Fergie admits mistake.
Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted that his tactical errors nearly cost United a place in the fifth-round of the FA Cup.
“In fairness, I maybe meddled with the system somewhat,” Ferguson said. “It wasn’t working at all.
“We tried a diamond in the middle of the pitch and, of course, Manchester United are used to playing with width all the time and I think that was a problem for us,” Ferguson explained.
Second half goals from strikers Michael Owen and Javier Hernandez ensured United’s progression into the next round with Ferguson praising his veteran striker.
“He only had one chance today: one chance, one goal,” Ferguson said.