Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher claims that the pressure is still on his side in the challenge for the Premier League title.
United remain four points clear from second-placed Arsenal and five from weekend opponents and fierce rivals Manchester City. But Fletcher acknowledges the race is far from over with United still yet to face the likes of Chelsea this season.
“You have got to earn the title. Nobody gives you the trophy. The team that wins the league will be the team that deserved it and showed the best form throughout the season.
“We enjoy big games. This club is all about performing and rising to challenges. We know they lie ahead of us. We’re not naively thinking that the league is over.”
Xavi hails Scholes.
Barcelona’s midfield maestro Xavi has heaped praise on Paul Scholes in the build up to Saturday’s derby clash, in an interview in the Guardian.
“Paul Scholes. A role model,” Xavi said. “For me… he’s the best central midfielder of the last 15, 20 years.
“I’ve spoken to Xabi Alonso about him. He’s spectacular, he has it all: the last pass, goals, he’s strong, he doesn’t lose the ball, vision.”
Scholes will be playing in his 377th Premier League game for United against Manchester City but the midfielder is widely expected to start on the bench.
Utd chase Taiwo.
The Daily Mail is reporting that Manchester United are interested in Marseille left-back Taye Taiwo, who is out of contract in the summer.
The Nigerian full-back claims that he is already in negotiations regarding a move but his is not willing to reveal the identity of the club.
Taiwo told Nigerian newspaper La Nation: “I have decided not to extend my deal. In June I want to change club.
“I don’t want to reveal who we are negotiating with, but it’s a club that plays in one of the three major European leagues.
“Maybe that can happen to them. It was difficult to lose that game.