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Lewis Hamilton pulls into McLaren pit lane in Malaysian Grand Prix after ditching team for Mercedes

Embarrassment for Hamilton as he pulls into McLAREN pit garage during Malaysian GP… months after ditching team for Mercedes

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

08:44 GMT, 24 March 2013

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UPDATED:

10:16 GMT, 24 March 2013

Lewis Hamiton has always insisted he made the right decision in leaving McLaren for Mercedes for the new Formula One season.

But the British star's mind seemed to be on his old team in Malaysia when he pulled into the WRONG pit garage.

The McLaren crew were in position for Jenson Button but were forced to let Hamilton through when he came in on lap seven.

Oops: Lewis Hamilton pulled into the McLaren pit lane during the Malaysian Grand Prix

Oops: Lewis Hamilton pulled into the McLaren pit lane during the Malaysian Grand Prix

Oops: Lewis Hamilton pulled into the McLaren pit lane during the Malaysian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton drives in to the wrong pits during the Malaysian Grand Prix

Thankfully for the 28-year-old he was
able to complete his pit stop in the right garage and resume his fight for the lead.

Hamilton's girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger reacted with shock to the unfortunate mistake as she watched a replay.

Afterwards Hamilton, who finished in third despite having to save fuel, said: 'I did a Jenson. He did that a couple of years ago.

'I am used to driving in the McLaren pits, I don't know how I got it wrong so I apologise to my team.'

More to follow…

Shock: Nicole Scherzinger reacts after boyfriend Hamilton pulled into the wrong garage

Shock: Nicole Scherzinger reacts after boyfriend Hamilton pulled into the wrong garage

Shock: Nicole Scherzinger reacts after boyfriend Hamilton pulled into the wrong garage

All's well that ends well: Hamilton finished third in the race, his first podium finish with Mercedes

All's well that ends well: Hamilton finished third in the race, his first podium finish with Mercedes

Feeling sheepish Hamilton made a huge call by ditching the team that had nurtured him from childhood

Feeling sheepish Hamilton made a huge call by ditching the team that had nurtured him from childhood

Big day ahead: The British star arrives in the paddock before the race with former Pussycat Doll Scherzinger

Big day ahead: The British star arrives in the paddock before the race with former Pussycat Doll Scherzinger

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

Napoli offer Edinson Cavani to Manchester City for 60m

City can have Cavani for 60m… but would they be 'nutty' enough to pay it

By
Richard Sharpe

PUBLISHED:

15:42 GMT, 18 March 2013

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UPDATED:

16:06 GMT, 18 March 2013

Napoli have told Manchester City they can have Edinson Cavani for 60m.

And the club president has bizarrely claimed that City would be ‘nutters’ to pay it.

City made a bold 40m move for the Uruguay striker in January but were quickly told the fee would not be enough.

Lift off: Napoli say Manchester City are very welcome to buy Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani... but they'll have to stump up 60m

Lift off: Napoli say Manchester City are very welcome to buy Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani… but they'll have to stump up 60m

They have maintained dialogue with Napoli with the asking price – and the player’s buy-out clause – understood to be around 53m.

However, Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis says he wants that figure AFTER TAX which puts another 8m on his desired price.

De Laurentiis said: ‘We included a very high buy-out clause in his contract because we want him to stay at Napoli. The clause exists, though, and if some nutter is willing to pay €70m [60m] for him, which would mean a net fee of €63m [53m] for Napoli, we are ready to listen to the offer.

At the double: Cavani scored twice as Napoli beat Atalanta 3-2 in Serie A at the weekend

At the double: Cavani scored twice as Napoli beat Atalanta 3-2 in Serie A at the weekend

‘However, let it be clear that the final decision lies with Edinson.

‘He knows that he’s respected here and that the people love him. Not just for his goals, but also because he’s a serious and polite person.’

Real Madrid and Chelsea have also shown interest in 26-year-old Cavani as have Paris St Germain who have increasing doubts over Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s future.

Wayne Rooney will stay at Manchester United, says Sir Alex Ferguson

Rooney WILL stay! Ferguson insists star forward isn't leaving United after Real snub

Sir Alex Ferguson says Wayne Rooney will remain at Manchester United next season

Ferguson stands by decision to start Real Madrid clash with Rooney on the bench

United manager reveals he thought he'd get 'more stick' for leaving out Shinji Kagawa

Ferguson admits he had expressed concern to his staff about the appointment of referee Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir prior to Tuesday's defeat

PUBLISHED:

09:54 GMT, 8 March 2013

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UPDATED:

10:19 GMT, 8 March 2013

Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that Wayne Rooney will be at Manchester United next season.

The England international's future was thrown into doubt after Ferguson sensationally axed him for the visit of Real Madrid earlier this week.

But speaking ahead of United's FA Cup sixth-round showdown with Chelsea on Sunday, Ferguson says he has not plans to sell Rooney in the summer.

The right decision: Sir Alex Ferguson has stood by his call to leave Wayne Rooney on the bench for the visit of Madrid

The right decision: Sir Alex Ferguson has stood by his call to leave Wayne Rooney on the bench for the visit of Madrid

Benched: Wayne Rooney was unceremoniously axed for the visit of Real Madrid on Tuesday night

Benched: Wayne Rooney was unceremoniously axed for the visit of Real Madrid on Tuesday night

Wayne Rooney

'He'll be here next year,' Ferguson said. 'You can have my word on that.'

'The issue you're all going on about in the papers is absolute rubbish.

'There is absolutely no issue
between Wayne Rooney and I. To suggest we don't talk to each other on
the training ground is absolute nonsense.

'He understood the reasons for not
playing him and that was completely tactical. And I think I was right.
We don't always get it right but I think we did get it right.

All smiles: Wayne Rooney appeared in good spirits yesterday despite being omitted from United's startling line-up

All smiles: Wayne Rooney appeared in good spirits yesterday despite being omitted from United's startling line-up

'Danny Welbeck is the best player we
have in terms of operating in a double role. We had to choke Xabi
Alonso's ability to control the game, which Danny did, and that took
away Alonso's control of the game and his ability to go further forward
and be an attacking player.

'We don't always get it right but we definitely did on Tuesday.

'I left out Shinji Kagawa after he scored a hat-trick. I thought I would get more stick for that.'

Ferguson is still bitter about the
circumstances of Tuesday's defeat, in particular the dismissal of Nani,
on which the entire contest turned.

On the ball: Ferguson opted for Danny Welbeck ahead of Rooney for Tuesday night's tie

On the ball: Ferguson opted for Danny Welbeck ahead of Rooney for Tuesday night's tie

'It is hard to keep your faith when you have things like that,' added the Scot.

Ferguson refused to say whether Rooney would actually start on Sunday.

And he again repeated his belief that
the 27-year-old needed to play matches in order to retain full fitness,
an assessment that has raised so much debate over the past few days.

'Why should I help anyone by telling them my team We don't do that,' said Ferguson. 'But Wayne does need a lot of football. He has always been that type. That has always been the case.'

Ferguson was speaking for the first
time since United were dumped out of the Champions League with assistant
United boss claiming the Scot was 'too distressed' to engage with the
media.

'Mick was the right one to go out,' added Ferguson. 'He’s calm, he’s very good with the press and I’m going to use him more.

'That was a nice time to have a chat with Jose have a glass of wine and relax a bit.'

Ferguson said he had been concerned about the appointment of Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir prior to Tuesday's game.

Cakir has now sent off seven players from English teams, but never one against them.

'I was concerned. I said that to my staff,' he said. 'I had a big worry about it but it is gone now. There is nothing we can do about it.'

Nani

Sir Alex Ferguson

Dismissed: Sir Alex Ferguson was too 'distraught' to speak to the media after Nani was shown a red card

Swansea want to increase Liberty Stadium to 32,000

Swansea want to increase stadium to 32,000 after League Cup success

By
Andrew Gwilym, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

11:15 GMT, 2 March 2013

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UPDATED:

11:49 GMT, 2 March 2013

Swansea are set to submit a planning application to expand the Liberty Stadium in the wake of their Capital One Cup success.

Chairman Huw Jenkins has previously spoken of his desire to add extra seating to the council-owned ground in order to meet demand for tickets for home games, providing the club are able to retain their Premier League status.

Swansea regularly sell-out games at their 20,500 capacity home and are eager to bring in extra revenue, with the club enjoying the greatest success of its 101-year history.

Expansion plans: Swansea City want to increase the size of the Liberty Stadium

Expansion plans: Swansea City want to increase the size of the Liberty Stadium

There are plans to increase the capacity of the stadium to a maximum of 32,000, with the club taking a piecemeal approach to the work.

The number of seats is set to rise to 22,000 during the summer, and they hope an additional 5,000 will be added in time for the start of the 2014-15 campaign.

But Jenkins is adamant the club will only press ahead with the expansion if it is deemed the right financial decision.

Capital gains: Swansea won their first trophy in their history

Capital gains: Swansea won their first trophy in their history

Jenkins said: 'We will have a full
planning application in for the end of March and once that is passed we
will do part of the work towards the end of next season, starting with
the East Stand.

'Once we get that moving we will go from there, but it all runs parallel to us still being in the Premier League and it being right for the club.

'If and when the final stage is complete, the capacity will be 32,000.

Silver lining: Michael Laudrup earned his first trophy at Swansea after just eight months

Silver lining: Michael Laudrup earned his first trophy at Swansea after just eight months

Plans to grow: Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins wants a larger capacity ground

Plans to grow: Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins wants a larger capacity ground

'The first part will take the figure to 22,000 this summer, and then it will be 27,000 with the first stage of development of the East Stand, which will start near the end of next season and run through the summer.

'We have to make sure we do it right but it will be led by how well we do on the field.'

But Jenkins does not believe it would be in the club's best interests to attempt to buy the ground outright.

He said: 'I don't see any benefit in us owning the stadium.

'The relationship with the council is a good one for the council and the city itself, and it is right for us as a club.

'It provides stability as it keeps away potential owners you do not want around the place, and that is a great thing for us.'

Debt-free Swansea recorded a 14.6million profit for their opening season in the Premier League.

The club are also developing two training grounds after previously having to use public facilities.

Work near the Liberty Stadium at Landore is set to be completed in the coming weeks, while a state-of-the-art facility is also being developed in conjunction with the city's university.

Sir Alex Ferguson wants to become director at Manchester United

Ferguson 'set to move upstairs' when United's legendary boss eventually calls it a day

By
Graeme Yorke

PUBLISHED:

02:11 GMT, 1 March 2013

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UPDATED:

02:31 GMT, 1 March 2013

Sir Alex Ferguson has said he is keen on becoming a director at Old Trafford when he finally decides to quit management.

The 71-year-old Manchester United boss said that he is determined to stay at the club after initially intimating that he would step away.

Ferguson said: ‘There’s no getting rid of me. I’ll probably become a director. Nobody knows [my retirement date], neither do I. It won’t be a doctor that tells me to quit!’

Probable: Sir Alex Ferguson said he would probably become a director at Manchester United

Probable: Sir Alex Ferguson said he would probably become a director at Manchester United

As for his successor, he added:
‘They’ll ask me but I think it’ll be a club decision, not mine. With the
structure we have here, it can't be an impossible job.

Former United star Viv Anderson has
rejected the idea that Ferguson might be tempted to step down this
summer, even if they win the Champions League and Premier League.

Anderson, who played under Ferguson
from 1987-91, said: ‘There is no chance that Sir Alex will retire this
summer. He loves the club. He lives and breathes it.’

Not yet: Ferguson is still going strong at United

Not yet: Ferguson is still going strong at United

Success: Ferguson will go down as one of the most greatest managers of all time

Success: Ferguson will go down as one of the most greatest managers of all time

In his wide ranging interview with
twentyfour7 magazine, the United boss also discussed his deliberate
decision to use his former players among his staff.

The likes of Nicky Butt and Brian
McClair are already involved, and Ferguson has backed Paul Scholes, Ryan
Giggs and Darren Fletcher to follow suit.

He added: 'Looking at my present
crop, it's difficult, but the likes pf Giggs and Scholes wil be part of
the structure here. Darren Fletcher is a long term possibilty, and Nicky
Butt is with the reserves.

'We try to get as many former players in the set-up as we can, we've got a good back up.

'We look ahead because that is
succession planning in terms of structure – they've the experience of
being at the club, being a player here, knowing what it takes to be a
winner.'

Jamie Carragher returns to Liverpool training as Brendan Rodgers says he almost quit in the summer

Still got a job to do! Carragher going strong in training as Rodgers reveals he had to persuade legend to give him one more year

By
Graeme Yorke

PUBLISHED:

15:22 GMT, 8 February 2013

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UPDATED:

15:33 GMT, 8 February 2013

Jamie Carragher returned to training today with the praise of some of world football's most famous faces still ringing in his ears.

And it was also revealed that Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers had to persuade the club legend to extend his career into this season.

The Liverpool defender announced yesterday that this campaign would be his last, bringing the curtain down on a 16-year professional career at Anfield.

Job to do: Jamie Carragher returned to training today a day after announcing his retirement

Job to do: Jamie Carragher returned to training today a day after announcing his retirement

Job to do: Jamie Carragher returned to training today a day after announcing his retirement

Bootle-born Carragher, at the club since
the age of nine, has so far made 723 appearances, putting him behind
only Ian Callaghan on the Reds' all-time list.

Rodgers said: 'He is irreplaceable, he's been a giant
for me since I came to the club.

'Jamie had thoughts about this last summer when I
arrived but we had some good conversations and I persuaded him to
stay on.'

Team-mates and managers, as well as wider faces from the game, were quick to hail the one-club man as well.

Former Anfield bosses, including Kenny Dalglish and Rafael Benitez, added their voice today.

Dalglish said: 'Jamie's decision was a surprise to me because he has just played as well as anyone against Arsenal and Manchester City.

'I thought he had a bit left in him yet but he knows himself better than anybody and if he thinks it is time to hang up the old boots that is totally his prerogative.

'It is always a difficult decision for a footballer – as hard a decision as you can face as a professional.

'It is more difficult because playing is the best part of your career – especially at the level he has played at and is playing at.

'We just have to be grateful that Liverpool has had a servant like Jamie. As a local boy it is always special and Jamie is a local boy who has never once got carried away with it all and who can relate to the supporters. That's really important.'

Speaking at his Chelsea press conference, Rafael Benitez also paid tribute.

'To play more than 700 games for any team in football is a really great achievement; more than 700 games for just one club is even better.

'Nobody can argue about the character, determination and professionalism of Carra. He was a key player for us. In 2007, John Terry, a very good centre-back, said Carra was one of the best centre-backs at that time.'

Here to help: Manager Brendan Rodgers was full of praise for the Liverpool defender

Here to help: Manager Brendan Rodgers was full of praise for the Liverpool defender

In with the new: Philippe Coutinho provided some fresher legs ahead of Carragher at Melwood

In with the new: Philippe Coutinho provided some fresher legs ahead of Carragher at Melwood

Sportsmail revealed this morning that Sky Sports looked set to win the TV battle for the services of Carragher.

All the major networks are keen to employ the Liverpool defender as a pundit but Sky are expected to pull out the stops to land him, with station boss Barney Francis desperate to see off any bid from new rivals BT Sport.

So while one man heads into the final months of his Anfield career, another is at the very start.

Philippe Coutinho was a January capture from Inter Milan, and could be in line to feature this weekend after overcoming an injury.

Rodgers added: 'He had been injured but trained this morning. He is a young player who is very exciting and I have high hopes for. He trained with group and we will observe him.

'He is a top young player and bringing him into the group adds great competition. It is important to have players trying to get in the side. We wanted to build a competitive squad.'

Cristiano Ronaldo snubbed by Pep Guardiola at Ballon d"Or

Shake, rattled and goal! Pep leaves Ronaldo hanging with cold snub at Ballon d'Or gala

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

17:35 GMT, 9 January 2013

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UPDATED:

17:35 GMT, 9 January 2013

Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra, John Terry and Anton Ferdinand, Samir Nasri and William Gallas, Terry (again) and Wayne Bridge, and now Pep Guardiola and Cristiano Ronaldo.

The snubbed handshake is fast becoming football's equivalent of unfriending someone on Facebook.

But while previous examples have had their origins in personal sleights, it seems the latest entry to the list has its origins in good old fashioned club rivalry.

Snub: Cristiano Ronaldo was left hanging by Pep Guardiola at the Ballon d'Or

Snub: Cristiano Ronaldo was left hanging by Pep Guardiola at the Ballon d'Or

Pep Guardiola

Cristiano Ronaldo

Tensions between Real Madrid and Barcelona are well known. Styles, cultures and attitudes both on and off the field are all wildly different, and with the competitive edge thrown in, it makes for a fractious relationship.

One can only speculate on the reason behind Guardiola's seemingly deliberate decision to ignore Ronaldo, though with the recent history in El Clasico gives a pretty large hint.

Red cards, close games, touchline clashes, title clinchers and cup finals have all made the meeting of Spain's top two the most enticing of matches in world football.

But when former Barca boss Guardiola was approached by Madrid ace Ronaldo, the Spaniard starred for a second before turning away, leaving the Portuguese's hand hanging.

The look on Ronaldo's face told a story of bemusement, while Pep went back to soaking up the atmosphere.

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Stoke City players play Premier League fantasy football game

REVEALED: The fascinating insight into who the Premier League players rate as Peter Crouch and co pick their fantasy football team at Stoke… but who has splashed the cash on points king Van Persie

By
Adam Shergold

PUBLISHED:

16:17 GMT, 8 January 2013

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UPDATED:

18:02 GMT, 8 January 2013

It's the time of year when the 20 Barclays Premier League managers start to think about tinkering with their teams in the transfer window.

And around the world, millions of fans with fantasy football teams will log on to do the same.

These two parallel worlds have collided this season after 18 members of the Stoke City squad entered their dream teams in the official Premier League fantasy football game.

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Dream teams: The Stoke City squad have their own mini-league on the official Barclays Premier League fantasy football game

Dream teams: The Stoke City squad have their own mini-league on the official Barclays Premier League fantasy football game

Now see fantasy football at Stoke…

Click HERE to view the stars' mini league

Peter Crouch, Asmir Begovic, Jermaine Pennant and Kenwyne Jones are among the Potters stars who have put their judgement and reputations on the line in the club mini-league.

And it's Crouch who has stormed clear at the top of the table, albeit only after he made the heartbreaking decision to drop himself from his 'Longpins Longballers' XI.

The switch came at the end of November, after the lanky striker lost two teeth in a mid-air collision with Newcastle's Fabricio Coloccini.

The former England frontman clearly didn't have much faith in his powers of recovery and hauled himself out of his fantasy team.

But the tough decision has paid off, as his introduction of Demba Ba and Jermain Defoe to accompany Robin van Persie in a three-pronged attack has enabled him to surge to the top of the 'SCFC Fantasy League' in recent weeks.

Good move: When Peter Crouch (above) suffered a mouth injury in November, he removed himself from his fantasy football team and installed the more prolific Demba Ba (below left) and Jermain Defoe

Good move: When Peter Crouch (above) suffered a mouth injury in November, he removed himself from his fantasy football team and installed the more prolific Demba Ba (below left) and Jermain Defoe

Demba Ba of Chelsea

Jermain Defoe of Tottenham Hotspur

He currently enjoys a healthy 54 point advantage over Ryan Shotton and his 'FC Shottinho' side.

Shotton has been rewarded by his faith in teammate Jones, who scored three goals over the Christmas period to help Stoke into the top half of the real-life standings.

The free-scoring Van Persie is a staple in all the Stoke players' teams – as he is in thousands up and down the country after his phenomenal start to life at Manchester United.

There is also extraordinary loyalty towards teammate Asmir Begovic and this is well placed as he's won each of them 93 points so far this season on the game.

Points mean prizes: The Stoke squad's faith in their own keeper Asmir Begovic has earned them plenty of points in the fantasy game

Points mean prizes: The Stoke squad's faith in their own keeper Asmir Begovic has earned them plenty of points in the fantasy game

Languishing in the wooden spoon position at the moment is Dean Whitehead, his last place making a mockery of his 'no.1 seed' team name.

And this despite his XI currently featuring Van Persie, Fernando Torres, Santi Cazorla and Juan Mata, some of the Premier League's most in-form players.

His biggest mistake came, perhaps, in removing Liverpool red hot striker Luis Suarez just before a spell in which he has scored five goals in three league games.

Basement battle: Dean Whitehead is currently bottom of the Stoke mini-league

Basement battle: Dean Whitehead is currently bottom of the Stoke mini-league

Astonishingly, out-on-loan Pennant, who opted for a rude name for his team, hasn't cashed in on the lottery of points Van Persie offers, refusing to bring the Dutchman in at any point so far this season.

Frank Lampard: Manchester United should sign him – Ray Wilkins

Sign him up, Fergie! Wilkins urges United to swoop for Chelsea star Lampard

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UPDATED:

11:05 GMT, 31 December 2012

Ray Wilkins has urged Manchester United to snap up Frank Lampard from Chelsea in the January transfer window.

The veteran midfielder looks set to leave Stamford Bridge despite a string of impressive recent performances, and Wilkins told talkSPORT that he feels the England man could boost United’s title bid.

Former Chelsea assistant manager Wilkins also criticised the club for deciding to let Lampard go.

Farewell Frank Lampard looks to be on his way out of Chelsea

Farewell Frank Lampard looks to be on his way out of Chelsea

‘He was fantastic [against Everton], wasn’t he’ said Wilkins. ‘In the 11 games he’s played, he’s got six goals already.

‘This is the club’s decision to let him go – it’s nothing to do with Rafa Benitez – and in my opinion it’s the wrong decision. You need these older players to show the youngsters what it means to play for Chelsea.’

Back of the net: Lampard scored twice against Everton on Sunday

Back of the net: Lampard scored twice against Everton on Sunday

He added: ‘He’ll cost nothing, he’s about four years younger than Giggs and Scholes and he scores goals from midfield. He’s scored more goals this year than Carrick, Cleverley and Scholes combined.

‘He’s comfortably got two or three more seasons in him. He won’t play 90 minutes every week but if he starts 20 games for Man United he’ll score them seven goals.’