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Robin van Persie will ignore Arsenal boos – Sir Alex Ferguson

Boos won't bother Robin! Ferguson urges Van Persie to ignore dissenting Arsenal fans

By
Chris Wheeler

PUBLISHED:

11:53 GMT, 26 April 2013

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UPDATED:

13:00 GMT, 26 April 2013

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Sir Alex Ferguson has told Robin van Persie to ignore the Arsenal boo boys on his first return to the Emirates this Sunday.

Arsene Wenger’s side will give Ferguson’s newly-crowned Premier League champions a guard of honour at the Emirates, but Van Persie is assured of a hot reception after leaving the Gunners for United in a 24million move last summer.

It has paid off with the Dutchman’s hat-trick against Aston Villa on Monday securing his first title winner’s medal, but the Arsenal fans will be less understanding.

Lending a hand: Former United player Bryan Robson was at United's training this morning

Lending a hand: Former United player Bryan Robson was at United's training this morning

WENGER'S TAKE

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wants fans of the north London club to show respect for their former player Robin van Persie.

Click here to read Wenger's opinion

‘I don’t really bother about it and I don’t think Robin should bother about it either,’ said Ferguson.

‘There was a bit of booing when he
played against Arsenal at Old Trafford and you probably expect a portion
of the fans to do that. That’s the modern generation and modern
society, I’m afraid.

‘But I’m glad Arsene has done that
(guard of honour) because when they came to Old Trafford some years back
and Wiltord scored the only goal we did that, and that’s what great
clubs should do.’

Ferguson said that he understands why
Arsenal are so upset over losing one of their prize assets but believes
they have to look to the future now.

Back to business: Robin van Persie (left) and his team-mates were training after their title triumph

Back to business: Robin van Persie (left) and his team-mates were training after their title triumph

Man in the middle: Rio Ferdinand and Tom Cleverley (left) practise their ball skills

Man in the middle: Rio Ferdinand and Tom Cleverley (left) practise their ball skills

He added: ‘I know about the Tottenham derby but United have been Arsenal’s biggest rivals over the last 20 years.

‘It doesn’t sit well with their fans, and nor with Arsene for that matter, but it does happen and you just have to move on.

‘Arsenal have moved on now. They’re
challenging for a Champions League place and have every chance of doing
so, and they still play as attractive foot as anyone in the league.’

Antonio Valencia

Danny Welbeck

Relaxed Antonio Valencia and Danny Welbeck look calm after they helped clinch the title on Monday

Roberto Martinez praises old-fashioned Andy Carroll ahead of Wigan v West Ham

Wigan boss Martinez praises 'old-fashioned' Carroll ahead of West Ham clash

By
John Edwards

PUBLISHED:

10:56 GMT, 19 April 2013

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UPDATED:

15:10 GMT, 19 April 2013

Roberto Martinez has hailed Andy Carroll as a throwback to the old days and admitted he poses a 'unique' threat to Wigan's hopes of staying in the Barclays Premier League.

Wigan are desperate for points to escape the bottom three, but Martinez knows they will have to find a way of combatting Carroll's physical presence against West Ham at Upton Park.

The on-loan striker laid on his side's opening goal, in Wednesday's 2-2 home draw with Manchester United, but also infuriated Sir Alex Ferguson with an aerial challenge that flattened keeper David de Gea.

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Seal of approval: Roberto Martinez has sung the praises of Andy Carroll (below) before the two meet

Seal of approval: Roberto Martinez has sung the praises of Andy Carroll (below) before the two meet

Carroll

'There is a place for an old-fashioned number nine in the Premier League, and Carroll is proving that,' said the Wigan manager. 'Possession football can be the way for some teams, and we have all seen Spain play with no strikers at all in some games.

'But if you have a very good number nine, and you give him the right service, it can be very effective. Carroll has great power and strength, and the way he attacks the ball in the final third is quite unique.

Physical: Carroll was cricitised for this lunge at David de Gea against Manchester United on Wednesday

Physical: Carroll was cricitised for this lunge at David de Gea against Manchester United on Wednesday

In action: Wigan, with Arouna Kone, are looking to get their survival back on track after losing at Man City

In action: Wigan, with Arouna Kone, are looking to get their survival back on track after losing at Man City

'He is one of the best in the business at that, and he is becoming a very important player for West Ham, particularly with the service he gets from the flanks and the connection he has with Kevin Nolan just behind.

'He was very impressive for England in the European Championships, so it is no surprise to see what he is doing now. If you allow him to use his best attributes, he will be a very powerful and dangerous player for his team. We have to be on our guard for that.'

'No disputing Carroll should have had red card,' says Fergie

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Hawk-eye awarded Premier League contract for goalline technology – Exclusive

EXCLUSIVE: Hawk-eye awarded Premier League contract for goal-line technology from next season

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Net gains: John Terry makes a controversial clearance in England's 1-0 win over Ukraine at Euro 2012

FA General Secretary Alex Horne told BBC Sport earlier this week: ‘I always thought it was an ideal piece of technology to allow into the game. The (Premier League) club meeting is on Thursday so I'm expecting it to go through at that meeting.’

‘There are occasions (when GLT is needed) and we've seen them here at Wembley, we've seen them in World Cups, we've seen them 11 or 12 times in the Premier League this season alone.

Over Geoff Hurst scores England's controversial third goal in the 1966 World Cup final

Over Geoff Hurst scores England's controversial third goal in the 1966 World Cup final

Support: FA secretary Alex Horne is behind the idea of goal-line technology

Support: FA secretary Alex Horne is behind the idea of goal-line technology

‘So technology that says 'yes, the ball has crossed the line' and lets the referee know makes an awful lot of sense to me.

‘Particularly where it's a knock-out situation, incorrect decisions have less opportunity to even themselves out over a season.’

The Premier League are likely to ‘centrally fund’ GLT for its member clubs and the FA will pay for cameras to be installed at Wembley.

Phil Jones is an animal: Manchester United defender backed to play up front by Sir Alex Ferguson

Step aside, Van Persie: Fergie backs 'animal' Jones to play as STRIKER

-Why-did-Roy-Hodgson-Phil-Jones–Martin-Samuel.html” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”>Baresi of England. It seems Sir Alex Ferguson agrees!

'Jonny's been really brilliant this season,' Ferguson told Inside United.
'He's 25 years old now and, hopefully for the next six or seven years,
he could be a regular centre back for us.

'Obviously, Rio (Ferdinand) is
34 now and (Nemanja) Vidic is 31. (Patrice) Evra is 31 so, in that
sense, players like Smalling, Jones and Evans will come to the fore.

'Jones is going to be a fantastic
player, his talent is unbelievable. Yes (his best position is
centre back) but you could play him anywhere. I think you could play him
centre forward! He’s just that type of player.

John O'Shea

Phil Neville

Utility men: Before Jones, John O'Shea and Phil Neville both once played many important roles for Ferguson

'He’s
an animal for football. He grasps the game, he understands it. Play him
right back Brilliant. Play him centre midfield No problem. Play him
centre back Terrific.'

United players were preparing themselves for the Manchester derby on Monday, which could see Jones start in midfield.

Competition: Robin van Persie (second left) could soon be vying for a place up front with Jones... or maybe not

Competition: Robin van Persie (second left) could soon be vying for a place up front with Jones… or maybe not

Under threat: Danny Welbeck (right) hasn't scored many goals this season but Rio Ferdinand has done his job at the back

Under threat: Danny Welbeck (right) hasn't scored many goals this season but Rio Ferdinand has done his job at the back

Phil Jones

Robin Van Persie

Unusual: Jones (left) is extremely versatile and Ferguson is predicting big things for him

Ferguson continued: 'He’s just one of those unusual players you get now and again who can play anywhere. We’ve not had a player like him in terms of someone who can play at that performance level since, well the closest you would get would be Brian McClair.

'Now, Brian McClair was a fantastic player. He could play anywhere, McClair. I remember kidding him on once; I said to him, just go and play in the right-back area and he laughed.

'I said to him, “What are you laughing at” and he said, “Next week I’ll be centre half.” But that was his character, so composed about life. Nothing bothered him.'

Trend setter Brian McClair was also an important figure for United

Trend setter Brian McClair was also an important figure for United

Taribo West accused of lying about being 28 when he was 40

Taribo West 'was 40 when he said he was 28', claims former Partizan Belgrade chief

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

14:49 GMT, 3 April 2013

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UPDATED:

16:28 GMT, 3 April 2013

Former Derby County, Plymouth and Inter Milan defender Taribo West has been accused of lying about his age.

The former Nigeria centre half, now retired, joined Serbian team Partizan Belgrade in 2002 after leaving Derby County and told club bosses he was 28.

But now the ex-president of Partizan, Zarko Zecevic, has accused him of lying, saying the defender was actually 40.

Taribo West while at Partizan

Taribo West while at Partizan

Accusation: Taribo West was 40 – not 28 as he claimed – when he played for Partizan Belgrade, according to the club's former president Zarko Zecevic

Ram raider: West (right) challenges Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink while playing in the Premier League for Derby County

Ram raider: West (right) challenges Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink while playing in the Premier League for Derby County

'He joined us saying he was 28. We
only later found out he was 40, but he was still playing well so I don’t
regret having him on the team,' Zecevic said.

But according to the Croatian media, the
former defender known for his colourful hairstyles also lied when trying
to join Croatia’s Rijeka club.

At the age of 44, they said West told club doctors he was only 32.

Milan spells: West made his name with Inter Milan but also played a few games for rivals AC (below)

Milan spells: West made his name with Inter Milan but also played a few games for rivals AC (below)

Cross country: West with AC

Blue boy: West with Teddy Shedingham during Sir Alex Ferguson's testimonial match

Blue boy: West with Teddy Shedingham during Sir Alex Ferguson's testimonial match

It was only after an examination that the doctors raised suspicions with the club because West’s knees suggested he was older.

He wasn’t signed to the team but later
joined Plymouth and then Iranian side Paykan FC, where he ended his
career at the age of 46 in 2008.

Today his Wikipedia entry says he is 39.

Super Eagle: The Nigeria defender coloured his hair green to go with his national side's kit at France 98

Super Eagle: The Nigeria defender coloured his hair green to go with his national side's kit at France 98

Taribo

Taribo v Yugoslavia

Taribo West V Gabriel Batistuta

Sunderland v Manchester United live

PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: Sunderland v Manchester United – as it happens from the Stadium of Light

By
Alex Horlock

PUBLISHED:

04:00 GMT, 30 March 2013

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UPDATED:

12:13 GMT, 30 March 2013

Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Barclays Premier League as Sunderland host Manchester United at the Stadium of Light to kick-off the weekend's action. Sir Alex Ferguson has set the target for his side, who are likely to regain the Premier League title, to reach the record mark of 95 points ahead of the trip to the North East.

By contrast Martin O'Neill's team have been sucked into the battle against relegation and will be desperate to pick up a positive result following a run of just three points from their last 21 available.

SUNDERLAND v MAN UNITED

Sunderland: Mignolet, Bardsley, Bramble, O'Shea, Rose, Johnson, Gardner, N'Diaye, McClean, Sessegnon, Graham

Subs: Westwood, Larsson, Wickham, Kilgallon, Colback, Mangane, Mandron

Man Utd: De Gea, Da Silva, Vidic, Smalling, Buttner, Valencia, Carrick, Anderson, Young, Kagawa, Van Persie.

Subs: Lindegaard, Evra, Evans, Nani, Welbeck, Cleverley, Powell.

Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)

12.11: In the little green box on the right are the full line-ups for this afternoon's match. Rooney, Ferdinand and Giggs aren't even on the bench as Nani, Danny Welbeck and Nick Powell are Ferguson's attacking options, should he need them.

12.07: That said, by Robin van Persie's remarkably high standards, he's going through something of a barren spell. He hasn't scored for United since United's 2-0 win over Everton on February 10. I wouldn't rule him out of getting back to scoring ways domestically today, though. He scored three times in Holland's two international matches during the break…

11.56: Sir Alex obviously has one eye on Monday's FA Cup replay against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. He's starting top goalscorer Robin van Persie but is without Danny Welbeck and Wayne Rooney in attack. Instead Ashley Young and Shinji Kagawa will have to create the openings for the Dutchman from the off.

Stephane Sessegnon was an injury doubt for Sunderland, but he makes the starting XI for Martin O'Neill. There's no time like the present if misfiring new boy Danny Graham is to get off the mark. He hasn't found the back of the net since leaving Swansea for the Stadium of Light in January.

11.55: And Manchester United's team: De Gea, Rafael, Buttner, Smalling, Vidic, Carrick, Valencia, Anderson, Young, Kagawa, Van Persie

11.54: Here is Sunderland's starting XI: Mignolet, Bardsley, Rose, O'Shea, Bramble, N'Diaye, Gardner, McClean, Johnson, Sessegnon, Graham

Pain: Manchester United saw the title snatched from their grasp at the Stadium of Light last season

Pain: Manchester United saw the title snatched from their grasp at the Stadium of Light last season

11.51: Early team news. United will be without Rio Ferdinand, Wayne Rooney and Ryan Giggs this afternoon. Full teams to follow.

11.45: Good morning one and all. We're an hour away from kick-off in this one and Sir Alex Ferguson will be hoping to be heading back to Manchester with his side 18 points clear of rivals City at the top.

Last time United were here in the Premier League it was the final day of the season. Phil Jones, Sir Alex and Co were on the pitch after the 1-0 victory over the Black Cats, applauding the travelling fans and believing they had won the club's 20th league crown. We all know what happened back at the Etihad though, when Sergio Aguero wriggled clear in the QPR box to hit the title-winning goal for City.

United's players will remember that. And now that they are on course to win the league, their players will be keen to avenge the Sunderland fans who performed City's trademark Poznan celebration after City clinched the title last May.

Comfortable winners: United cruised to a 3-1 win over Sunderland at Old Trafford earlier in the season

Comfortable winners: United cruised to a 3-1 win over Sunderland at Old Trafford earlier in the season

Cristiano Ronaldo New nike CR Mercurial Vapor IX boots

Ronaldo's new boots: He may not have celebrated in Champions League triumph over United, but he still loves to win

By
Charlie Skillen

PUBLISHED:

09:59 GMT, 29 March 2013

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UPDATED:

10:05 GMT, 29 March 2013

Cristiano Ronaldo might have displayed his love for Manchester United when dumping his old side out of the Champions league with Real Madrid, but his new boots reveal he might not have been so loved-up if Sir Alex Ferguson's side had triumphed.

His signature Nike CR Mercurial Vapor IX boots have been re-worked in a new colourway – and with the Portugal star's 'love to win, hate to lose' logo on the heel, which is a heart with a big 'X' through it.

Bright spark: Cristiano Ronaldo's new boots are in neon colours with his 'love to win, hate to lose' logo (below)

Bright spark: Cristiano Ronaldo's new boots are in neon colours with his 'love to win, hate to lose' logo (below)

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Behind the wheel: Ronaldo was snapped wearing the new collection, with the 'love to win' logo, in his car

Behind the wheel: Ronaldo was snapped wearing the new collection, with the 'love to win' logo, in his car

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Brightly-coloured with neon yellow, orange and white, the boots also feature the number 7, Ronaldo's squad number at Real Madrid, and a safari print on the Nike 'swoosh' – referencing his cheetah-like pace.

The new boots are sure to continue the Real Madrid star's success – Ronaldo has hit 40 goals for club and country this season.

Jose Mourinho's side continue to be off
the pace in the Spanish La Liga – they sit 13 points behind Barcelona,
just one point ahead of city rivals Atletico.

Studs up: Nike's All Condition Control technology means the boots will perform well in all weather

Studs up: Nike's All Condition Control technology means the boots will perform well in all weather

Apologies: Ronaldo famously didn't celebrate when scoring at Old Trafford earlier this month

Apologies: Ronaldo famously didn't celebrate when scoring at Old Trafford earlier this month

However, a Champions League quarter-final clash with Galatasary – pitting Ronaldo against Didier Drogba – makes the Spanish giants favourite to progress.

United fans hoping for a romantic return to Old Trafford for Ronaldo can be pleased with their idol's new footwear, as it features Nike's All Conditions Control technology – meaning they are just at home in the pouring Manchester rain as the balmy Madrid sun.

The boots are part of a whole collection with the same design, featuring training wear, casual clothes and a matching ball, and is out April 11.

Wild animal: The 'safari' swoosh features in the collection, including a ball and other clothes (below)

Wild animal: The 'safari' swoosh features in the collection, including a ball and other clothes (below)

Collection

Strike a pose: Ronaldo, modelling his new collection, has scored 40 goals for club and country this season

Strike a pose: Ronaldo, modelling his new collection, has scored 40 goals for club and country this season

Alex Ferguson fined 8,500 and Nani banned for one match after Real Madrid red card

Fergie handed 8.5k fine for refusing to speak and Nani banned for one match for red card which led to Champions League exit

By
Graeme Yorke

PUBLISHED:

16:11 GMT, 22 March 2013

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UPDATED:

16:16 GMT, 22 March 2013

Sir Alex Ferguson has been fined 8,500 for refusing to speak to the media after Manchester United's Champions League defeat to Real Madrid.

According to his assistant Mike Phelan, Ferguson was 'too distraught' to fulfil his media commitments after United went out of Europe 3-2 on aggregate following Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir's controversial decision to show Nani a straight red card in the second half.

The Portugal winger was also banned for one match by UEFA yesterday, although he could have faced a three-game suspension if a disciplinary commission had deemed his challenge on Madrid defender Alvaro Arbeloa to be violent conduct.

Anger: Ferguson remonstrates with the fourth official after Nani's red card

Anger: Ferguson remonstrates with the fourth official after Nani's red card

A statement read: 'Manchester United
FC midfield player Nani has been suspended for one match by UEFA's
Control and Disciplinary Body, following the red card he received at the
UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg against Real Madrid CF at
Old Trafford on 5 March.

'Manchester United head coach Sir Alex
Ferguson has been fined €10,000 for non-fulfilment of the post-match
media obligations (Annex III, paras 2.6 and 2.7 of the competition
regulations) at the same match.'

His No 2 Mike Phelan revealed at the time that the manager was too 'distraught' to attend the interviews.

Off you go: Nani was sent off for this innocuous challenge on Alvaro Arbeloa

Off you go: Nani was sent off for this innocuous challenge on Alvaro Arbeloa

Off you go: Nani was sent off for this innocuous challenge on Alvaro Arbeloa

Rio Ferdinand is likely to play in both England qualifiers after Michael Dawson and Gary Chaill picked up injuries

Cahill and Dawson injuries put onus on Ferdinand to play in both England qualifiers

By
Neil Ashton

PUBLISHED:

18:27 GMT, 17 March 2013

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UPDATED:

23:42 GMT, 17 March 2013

Roy Hodgson’s plans for Rio Ferdinand during England’s two World Cup qualifiers took a dramatic twist after Michael Dawson and Gary Cahill suffered injuries on Sunday.

Ferdinand has been told by Sir Alex Ferguson he will be needed to play three games in 10 days for Manchester United when he returns from international duty.

Hodgson planned to rest Ferdinand for the game against San Marino in Rimini on Friday and pair him with Cahill for the top-of-the-table clash against Montenegro the following Tuesday.

Heavy workload: England's defensive crisis means Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand is now likely to start both qualifiers

Heavy workload: England's defensive crisis means Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand is now likely to start both qualifiers. Ferdinand is also in line to play three matches in 10 days for Manchester United

Second chance: Joleon Lescott could feature for England after initially being dropped from the squad

Second chance: Joleon Lescott could feature for England after initially being dropped from the squad

Injury worry: Michael Dawson (right) played the first half for Tottenham against Fulham but picked up an injury and is now a doubt for England's World Cup qualifiers with San Marino and Montenegro

Injury worry: Michael Dawson (right) played the first half for Tottenham against Fulham but picked up an injury and is now a doubt for England's World Cup qualifiers with San Marino and Montenegro

However, the 34-year-old may be pressed into action for both games after Dawson and Cahill picked up knocks on club duty.

Manchester City centre back Joleon Lescott has been called up after Dawson was ruled out with a hamstring injury suffered in Tottenham’s 1-0 home defeat by Fulham, while Cahill will be assessed by England physio Gary Lewin at the St George’s Park training centre.

He played 90 minutes in Chelsea’s 2-0 victory over West Ham but later had treatment on an ankle injury.

Ferdinand has been given Ferguson’s blessing to join the England squad for the first time in nearly two years, but it is not without complications.

The United defender has been told he is needed for games against Sunderland (March 30), Chelsea in the FA Cup (April 1) and Manchester City (April 8).

Despite the concerns of his club manager, Ferdinand’s call-up has gone down well in the United dressing room.

‘It’s good for Rio,’ said team-mate Nemanja Vidic. ‘He deserves the call, he has played well this season and can help the national team.

More trouble: Gary Cahill (right) has also had to pull out of the England squad due to injury

More trouble: Gary Cahill (right) has also had to pull out of the England squad due to injury

Selection headache: Aaron Lennon is also a doubt after missing Tottenham's match with Fulham

Selection headache: Aaron Lennon is also a doubt after missing Tottenham's match with Fulham

‘He would have two international games, then when he comes back we have two games in three days in the Premier League and FA Cup.

‘Can he play all of these games All I can say is that I hope he does well.’

Meanwhile, Spurs winger Aaron Lennon, who missed the Fulham defeat with groin and hamstring problems, will not be available for Hodgson.

‘He won’t make it,’ said Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas. ‘He’s been struggling with injuries. We risked him against Inter Milan and he is on the brink of rupturing a muscle.’

Gareth Bale also needed lengthy treatment after appearing to twist an ankle in the first half against Fulham, but Villas-Boas expects him to be fit for international duty with Wales.

Rio Ferdinand will join up with England, says Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson

Rio boost for England after Fergie says Man United defender WILL answer SOS for World Cup qualifiers

PUBLISHED:

19:49 GMT, 16 March 2013

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UPDATED:

20:07 GMT, 16 March 2013

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed on ESPN that defender
Rio Ferdinand will join up with the England squad on Monday.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that defender Rio Ferdinand will join up with the England squad on Monday.

The 34-year-old earned his first England call-up under manager Roy Hodgson for the World Cup qualifiers with San Marino and Montenegro later this month.

Not convinced: Ferguson was caught by surprise that Ferdinand was recalled to Roy Hodgson's England squad

Not convinced: Ferguson was caught by surprise that Ferdinand was recalled to Roy Hodgson's England squad

There were reports this morning that
Ferdinand could yet turn down the chance to represent his country again,
either in response to being left out by Hodgson until now or in order
to prolong his club career.

However, Ferguson – asked tonight if the defender would be joining up with England on Monday – told ESPN: 'Yes.'

Hodgson cited 'footballing reasons' for Ferdinand's exclusion in his squad for the Euro 2012 finals and he has remained out of his plans until now.

Ferdinand impressed in the Barclays Premier League match against Reading, setting up the only goal of United's 1-0 Old Trafford win for Wayne Rooney.

Worries: Ferguson will consult United's medical staff before Ferdinand decides whether to accept the call-up

Worries: Ferguson will consult United's medical staff before Ferdinand decides whether to accept the call-up

Ferguson, who reported no casualties
following a win which extends his team's lead at the top of the table to
15 points, was pleased with Ferdinand's contribution.

He said: 'Rio has always had the ability to break into midfield. He
doesn't do it as much as he used to but he did today and got us a goal.

'Most of the time this season we've played well. The performance today doesn't reflect the 15 points ahead we are.

Club and country: Ferdinand, right, will make his decision known to Roy Hodgson on Saturday

Club and country: Ferdinand, right, will make his decision known to Roy Hodgson on Saturday

'I thought some of Reading's football was quite good but they didn't
really make any chances. I expected danger from set-piece play but we
did defend quite well.'

Ferguson acknowledged the deflection which Rooney's shot got off Reading defender Alex Pearce helped his team.

He added on ESPN: 'I don't know if the goalkeeper would have saved it or
not but it was a bad deflection and went over his head.'

Leading the way: Ferdinand prepares for games with special methods to overcome injury worries, including yoga

Leading the way: Ferdinand prepares for games with special methods to overcome injury worries, including yoga