Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is keeping tabs on Celtic’s left back Emilio Izaguirre as speculation continues to grow regarding Patrice Evra’s future.
Ferguson was present at the Old Firm derby on Sunday to watch the 24-year-old defender after glowing reports from his scouts. The Honduran international joined Celtic in the summer from native club Motagua, rejecting the chance to join Premier League side Wigan.
With Patrice Evra’s contract due to expire in 2012, United are already preparing for life without the Frenchman should he turn down a new deal.
Fletcher wants title.
Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher claims their failure to emulate Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ season will not affect their title challenge.
United’s defeat to Wolves on Saturday was their first in 30 Premier League games with the gap between the league leaders and second-placed Arsenal being reduced to just 4 points.
“It is disappointing to lose the unbeaten record but the main thing for us has always been to win the league,” said Fletcher.
“Losing has put a dent in that. It has never been about staying unbeaten. We could have remained unbeaten the whole season and not won the league. What would have been the point of that?”
Fergie sets target.
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has declared 84 points will be enough to ensure the capture of a record 19th league title.
“It is about getting enough points to get over that line,” the United manager said. “I think 84 points would definitely win it. I am almost sure of that, so we have 30 to find.”
Ferguson claims that consistency will be the key to staying top of the table but the Scot remains adamant that there are some tough tests ahead for his side.
“We have some interesting games towards the end of the season and we have a little lead that can vanish overnight. Our job is to retain the consistency and relish what we are going to experience.”
In other news Manchester United are planning a testimonial for Gary Neville to mark his retirement after 602 games for the club.