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Yaya Toure will play Manchester United in FA Cup, says Sir Alex Ferguson

Yaya WILL play (or so Fergie thinks)… United boss expects surprise from rivals

Manchester United are preparing for Roberto Mancini to pull a fast one by naming Yaya Toure in his starting line-up for Sunday's FA Cup third round tie at the Etihad Stadium.

The Ivory Coast management informed City yesterday that Toure was required to attend a team meeting in Paris on Saturday ahead of a flight to Abu Dhabi for a two-week training camp before the African Nations Cup.

Blues officials confirmed the information, which appeared to rule Toure out of this weekend's encounter, when Mancini has claimed he might not have enough players to fill his substitutes' bench.

African break: Yaya (right) and Kolo Toure

Get ready: Sir Alex Ferguson believes yaya Toure (R) will play on Sunday

However, Ferguson is not so sure. The United boss' knowledge of the tournament does not appear that extensive – his claim that Toure could be back inside 10 days is wide of the mark given the Ivory Coast's first game is not until January 22 – but in the art of managerial mind games, he is a master.

'I am not sure Toure won't be available for Sunday,' said Ferguson. 'He probably will.

'I don't know the whole background but apparently, he doesn't need to meet up until Monday I read somewhere, which suggests he should be playing on Sunday.'

Toure himself has spoken of his disappointment at missing the game, which suggests the case is now closed.

Even if the former Barcelona man is missing though, Ferguson is not convinced it can be as detrimental to City's chances of landing some silverware this season as Mancini seems to feel.

Heartbeat: But Yaya Toure will be at the Africa Cup of Nations

Heartbeat: But Yaya Toure will be at the Africa Cup of Nations

'All the teams who have African players have never really suffered much,' he said.

'If you check the records, they all seem to sail through it.

'I don't think it makes a great impact when you have a squad of players.

'There are plenty to occupy those positions until they come back.'

Kenny Dalglish defends Liverpool"s Luis Suarez T-shirts

Dalglish insists Liverpool”s T-shirt support for Suarez is “the least he deserves”

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish maintains the club”s support of Luis Suarez has been right and proper and has not “caused trouble”.

The Reds came in for criticism for their strongly-worded statement in the wake of the Uruguay international”s eight-match ban imposed for using insulting words towards Patrice Evra, with a reference to the Manchester United player”s skin colour.

However, when the players issued their statement prior to Wednesday”s goalless draw at Wigan and wore T-shirts in the warm-up depicting an image of Suarez with his name and No 7 on the back there was further outcry.

Got the T-shirt: Liverpool

Got the T-shirt: Liverpool”s gesture to Luis Suarez has attracted some criticism

Clash: Glen Johnson hit back at Paul McGrath

Clash: Glen Johnson hit back at Paul McGrath”s criticism of the T-shirts

However, Dalglish defended the club”s stance in giving their full support to Suarez.

“The statement couldn”t have caused anyone any trouble and I don”t think the players have caused any trouble with the FA either by their statement or support by their T-shirts,” said the Scot.

“If we are not in any trouble we will leave it at that before we do get in any trouble.”

Dalglish said Suarez had been moved by the show of support from the club and his team-mates.

“He”s been quite emotional and very grateful,” added the Reds boss. “I don”t think it is ever a disappointment when the people you work for give you their undivided support and I think that is the least he deserves.”

Centre of the storm: Reds striker Suarez

Centre of the storm: Reds striker Suarez

Liverpool are still awaiting the full written verdict of the independent commission who heard Suarez”s case but are not expected to receive it until after Christmas.

The moment it does arrive the club will have 14 days to consider their response and appeal if they choose, otherwise the suspension will kick in.

Dalglish, aware of how much debate was taking place about the case and the anticipated production of the written summary, said it was a matter of being patient.

“Whenever it is ready,” was his reply when asked when he expected to receive the documentation. “Most of the people have had their say, we”ve had our say but we will wait for the judgement and take it from there – but it won”t be tomorrow.

Sticking to his guns: Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish

Sticking to his guns: Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish

“The club have issued the statement, the players have issued their statement visually and verbally, but we have to wait for the written report because no-one knows [what it contains].

“At this moment in time I don”t think the club are permitted to go into any further detail than they have done.”

Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra race row: Liverpool statement

Liverpool hit back in Suarez race storm and challenge FA to charge Evra

Liverpool have hit back at the FA over the eight-match ban given to striker Luis Suarez for racially abusing Patrice Evra, and insisted the Manchester United man also be charged.

In a fierce defence of their star man, the Anfield outfit released a lengthy statement detailing their shock and surprise at the guilty verdict, which also resulted in a 40,000 fine for Suarez.

Row: Luis Suarez (left) and Patrice Evra clashed as United and Liverpool drew

Row: Luis Suarez (left) and Patrice Evra clashed as United and Liverpool drew

It said: “We find it extraordinary that Luis can be found guilty on the word of Patrice Evra alone when no-one else on the field of play – including Evra”s own Manchester United team-mates and all the match officials – heard the alleged conversation between the two players in a crowded Kop goalmouth while a corner kick was about to be taken.”

In response, Suarez took to Twitter, andsaid: “Today is a very difficult and painful day for both me and my family. Thanks for all the support, I”ll keep working!”

While his manager used the same tool to convey his disappointment.

Dalglish wrote: “Very disappointed with today”s verdict. This is the time when [Luis] needs our full support. Let”s not let him walk alone. KD”

Liverpool”s statement then continued with reference to the club”s work at rooting out those guilty of such slurs inside their stadium before turning their attention to Evra.

Liverpool claim the France international admitted during the hearing into the incident at Anfield in October 15 that he had insulted Suarez in Spanish, and fact they say their player didn”t actually hear.

The statement continued: “It is key to note that Patrice Evra himselfin his written statement in this case said “I don”t think that Luis Suarez is racist”. The FA in their opening remarks accepted that Luis Suarez was not racist.

Man in the middle: Ref Andre Marriner had to speak to Evra and Suarez at Anfield

Man in the middle: Ref Andre Marriner had to speak to Evra and Suarez at Anfield

“We would also like to know when the FA intend to charge Patrice Evrawith making abusive remarks to an opponent after he admitted himself inhis evidence to insulting Luis Suarez in Spanish in the most objectionable of terms. Luis, to his credit, actually told the FA he hadnot heard the insult.

“It is our strong held belief, having gone over the facts of the case, that Luis Suarez did not commit any racist act. It is also our opinion that the accusation by this particular player was not credible -certainly no more credible than his prior unfounded accusations.”

An FA statement had earlier said: “Mr Suarez used insulting words towards Mr Evra during the match contrary to FA Rule E3(1). The insulting words used by Mr Suarez included a reference to Mr Evra”s colour within the meaning of Rule E3(2).”


Manchester United faced Liverpool in a Premier League match. In the 57th minute Suarez fouled Evra and tempers flared at the next corner. They squared up to each other and Evra asked why Suarez kicked him. Suarez said he should forget about it, these things happen. Evra claims Suarez then became racially abusive, using the word “negro”. Suarez denies using the word in that clash. Evra is clearly wound up, but nearby players do not seem particularly bothered.

A few minutes later Marriner calls the pair together. Suarez apologises and tries to pat Evra on the head. It is alleged Evra said: “Don”t touch me, you South American,” to which Suarez replies: “Porque, negro”

Evra catches Kuyt two minutes later and is booked. He allegedly shouts at Marriner: “You”re only booking me because I”m black.”

Suarez is bemused, saying: “I called him something his team-mates call him and even they were surprised by his reaction.”

Wayne Rooney eyes Europa League glory with Manchester United

We don”t want to be in Europa League but we might as well win it now, says Rooney

Wayne Rooney has set his sights on winning the Europa League even though the striker admitted his Manchester United team-mates don”t want to be in the competition.

United will play in Europe”s second-tier competition in the new year after being sent crashing out of the Champions League by Basle last week.

While that came as a shock to a club that has played in three of the past four Champions League finals, Rooney does not want to dwell on that disappointment any longer.

In it to win it: Wayne Rooney wants to lift the Europa League with Manchester United this season

In it to win it: Wayne Rooney wants to lift the Europa League with Manchester United this season

The 26-year-old wants to make the most of the challenges that remain this season and, as well as defending the Barclays Premier League title, that includes Europa League success.

When asked if he was looking forward to playing in the Europa League, Rooney said: “Definitely. It”s a shame we”re out of the Champions League. That”s what we all want to play in.

“Unfortunately we went out and now we turn our attention to the Premier League and Europa League.

“I don”t think the manager”s won the Europa League, so I”m sure he”ll want to win it. Every competition we enter we want to win.

“There are some good teams but we have to believe, keep working and hopefully we can go on and win it.”

Rooney was speaking to the club”s official website in a live webchat with supporters.

The United talisman is also not fazed by the prospect of facing arch-rivals Manchester City in the FA Cup third round next month.

City won 6-1 last time the sides met and with the teams first and second in the Premier League, the tie was the undoubted highlight of the cup draw.

Rooney said: “I was in my car at the time. I was driving from my house to Liverpool to see my mum and dad.

Up for the cup: Rooney admits he can

Up for the cup: Rooney admits he can”t wait to face rivals Manchester City in the FA Cup third round next month

“When I got in I put the TV on and saw the draw. Both teams would probably rather have met each other later on but it”s a great team to play in and if you win it then you know you”ve knocked one of your main competitors out.”

United bounced back from their defeat in Switzerland by beating Wolves 4-1 last weekend but a serious injury to Nemanja Vidic and a further enforced absence for Darren Fletcher have dampened spirits.

Defender and captain Vidic will miss the rest of the season with knee ligament damage while midfielder Fletcher is taking an indefinite break to recover from the bowel condition ulcerative colitis.

Injury blow: Rooney is wishing Darren Fletcher a swift recovery

Injury blow: Rooney is wishing Darren Fletcher a swift recovery

Rooney said: “The two of them are both important players for us.

“With Nemanja being our captain it”s a shame we”ve lost him for the season as he”s a great defender. But the younger lads have been great.

“It”s a shame for Darren, too – he”s a great player and a great person.

“Hopefully he gets well soon and comes back strongly for us.”

Rooneydiscussed a number of issues ranging from career highlights and role models to his choice of menu if appearing on a TV cookery programme as he spoke to the website for half an hour.

Rooneyinfamously threatened to leave United when he submitted a transfer request last year but he backtracked and later admitted he had made a big mistake.

He is now firm in his love of the club and made that clear when asked what he liked most about life at Old Trafford.

Boot-iful: Rooney shows off his new pink Nike Total 90 Laser boots that he will wear for the first time this weekend

Boot-iful: Rooney shows off his new pink Nike Total 90 Laser boots that he will wear for the first time this weekend

“Winning,” said Rooney, who joined United from Everton in 2004. “It”s a successful club and it”s an honour to play here.

“I”m proud to have played here for such a long time. For the players, the fans, the manager… we all play to win and when you do that it”s an amazing feeling.”

London 2012 Olympics: Jessica Ennis targets gold

Ennis promises to win gold in London and beat British record after Daegu disappointment

Jessica Ennis believes she will have to smash her personal best and the British record to win Olympic gold next year.

“I”ll have to break the British record, definitely,” Ennis said. “I think it could take 6,900 points to win and that”s going to be really, really tough.”

Ennis has a personal best of 6,823 points, which she set in winning the European Championships in Barcelona last year.

Silver service: Ennis is hoping to improve on her performance in Daegu

Silver service: Ennis is hoping to improve on her performance in Daegu

That is just eight points down on the British record of former Olympic champion Denise Lewis, but Russia”s Tatyana Chernova scored 6,880 points in taking Ennis” world title in Daegu earlier this year.

Ennis paid the price for a poor javelin throw in Korea, but added in The Times: “It”s not like I”m chasing. I”m there. I made a couple of mistakes but I”m where I need to be.”

Flying the flag: Ennis hopes to win gold and beat the British record next summer

Flying the flag: Ennis hopes to win gold and beat the British record next summer

Meanwhile, the 25-year-old has revealed she will strictly limit her media work in 2012, adding: “When I start competing I will just say no to all the media and other stuff.

“It will all be over before you know it and the main thing now is staying injury-free and being in a position to give yourself the chance on the day.”