Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is set to reignite his interest in Ashley Young after failing to land the player in January, reports the Daily Telegraph.
The gifted 25-year-old who scored in England’s 2-1 victory in Copenhagen last week is out of contract at Aston Villa in June 2012 and Ferguson has hinted that Young will be top of his wish list come the summer.
“We had an interest in one player and I thought we had a chance of bringing him in, but the other parties involved weren’t ready, so we have put it away until the summer.”
Fergie sympathy for Owen.
Sir Alex Ferguson has conceded that he his struggling to find opportunities for Michael Owen to feature on a regular basis for Manchester United.
The former England international has started just one Premier League match this season after falling further down the pecking order with the arrival of Javier Hernandez.
Ferguson said: “I keep trying to get myself into a situation where I can play Michael Owen more often.
“I haven’t been completely fair that way. He is a terrific trainer and every time I play him he never lets me down.”
With his current contract set to expire in the summer, it is widely expected that Owen will leave Old Trafford with Australian side Newcastle Jets targeting his services.
New Berbatov deal.
Dimitar Berbatov is to be rewarded for his fine form with a bumper new contract, reports the Manchester Evening News.
The Premier Leagues top goal-scorer was a surprise exclusion from the United line-up that faced City on Saturday but it is understood that Emil Dantchev (the player’s agent) and chief executive David Gill held initial talks on Sunday to discuss a new lucrative deal for Berbatov.
Ferguson admitted it wasn’t an easy decision not to start Berbatov, saying: “I had to sit him down. I did not enjoy it.”
“I told him he would play a part, and he did. It was a difficult decision. We had to pay attention to the number of players they put in midfield, plus Silva floating in there.”