Manchester United coach Mike Phelan has declared the league leaders are ready for the title run-in after their demolition of Birmingham on Saturday.
Despite remaining unbeaten this season, the Red Devils have been criticised for their below par performances. However, Phelan believes they are starting to play to their full potential.
“We’ve turned the corner a bit,” he said at Old Trafford. “We’re at home, we need to entertain and perform well. The players are in the mood now and they’re ready for the run-in.”
United travel to Bloomfield Road on Tuesday to face Blackpool and Phelan admits their away form must improve. “We’ve got to start winning games away from home,” Phelan told BBC Sport. “We’ll be on our toes [against Blackpool], we know what they’re capable of.”
van der Sar no to coaching.
Edwin Van Der Sar will reportedly turn down a coaching role at Manchester United when he hangs up his gloves at the end of the season.
Despite being a popular figure at Old Trafford, Van Der Sar is keen to enjoy time away from the game after the retires.
“I will hopefully not start coaching too quickly. I will try to have 18 months or two years for myself – and I’ve a family to do nice things with too.
“I think about 80 per cent of players who played in football are saying that.”
United deny Qatar link.
Manchester United have dismissed reports of a takeover approach from a Qatari consortium funded by the Qatar royal family.
It is widely believed that the Qatar group are keen to further raise their profile after securing the bid to host the World Cup in 2022.
The Qatar group recently announced a massive £125m sponsorship deal with Barcelona and are understood to be preparing a £1.5b bid to buy United from its current owners, the Glazer brothers, after holding secret talks.
However a United spokesman said on Sunday that there was no truth that talks had taken place: “There has been no approach of any kind to buy the club and one wouldn’t be welcome anyway because it is not for sale.”