Sir Alex Ferguson has backed Steven Gerrard’s call for calm, ahead of tomorrow’s FA Cup clash at Anfield. It is the first time that Liverpool and Manchester United have played each other since the race incident with Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra and Fergie called upon the players to set an example to the fans by ensuring they remain disciplined on the pitch, to ensure the game passes without incident.
Elsewhere in the news Theo Walcott has suggested that it is the players that deserve the flak for Arsenal’s woes; Mancini feels that referees are victim of fatigue at times, while Chris Samba is keen to leave Ewood Park before Tuesday’s deadline.
The FA has warned the players of Liverpool, Man United, Chelsea and QPR to behave themselves ahead of this weekend’s cup fixtures. It will be the first time both clubs have faced-off since the infamous race rows – Guardian
Sir Alex Ferguson sees himself as a one-off and doesn’t believe that any other manager will remain at a football club for 25years. The Manchester United boss feels he has mellowed over the years, although still has the fire in the belly to win more silverware at Old Trafford – Guardian
Roberto Mancini believes that a lot of the bad refereeing decisions could simply be down to fatigue. The Italian suggests that like players, refs could equally be affected by refereeing too many games in quick succession – Guardian
Chris Samba has attacked the Venkys and believes that the Blackburn owners have little understanding of football. The Congolese defender has also revealed his desire to leave Ewood Park and can no longer guarantee to give 100% for the Rovers cause should he have to stay until the end of the season – Daily Telegraph
Kevin Bond reveals it has been business as normal at White Hart Lane this week, despite Harry Redknapp being away from the club as he fights tax evasion charges in the high court. The Spurs assistant revealed that he is in regular contact with Redknapp and he has been made fully aware of what has taken place on the training pitch this week – Daily Telegraph
The Premier League is in talks to give the FA Cup final its own day, following last season’s clash. The decision to play the final on the same day as league matches brought much criticism among the football purists – Independent
Chelsea are looking to gazump both Arsenal and Manchester City by putting in a £3m bid for United’s contract rebel Paul Pogba – Daily Mail
Tottenham are in talks with Sao Paulo over the loan signing of Brazilian U21 defender, Bruno Uvini – Daily Mail
Theo Walcott believes that the Arsenal players should take the flak for recent poor performances and not Arsene Wenger – Sun