Man Utd confirm Ferguson will make emotional return to Old Trafford dugout for Treble reunion against Bayern Munich

The exhibition game on May 26 at Old Trafford will mark exactly 20 years since the memorable Champions League final between the two sides in Barcelona.

On that fateful night current interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scored a stoppage time winner to add to the Premier League and FA Cup triumphs during the 1998-99 campaign.

Ferguson, who retired after 27 years at United in 2013, said: "I’m really looking forward to what will be a special day at Old Trafford.

"It will be great to catch up with some familiar faces and a great opportunity to support the work of Manchester United Foundation."

SunSport exclusively revealed in January that the 77-year-old  would be involved in the celebrations, health permitting, in what promises to be an emotionally charged occasion.


Ferguson underwent surgery on a brain haemorrhage last May and spent time in intensive care before being released.

The Scot has since been seen at several United games on his road to recovery.

While United will field a team taken from that 2-1 win in '99, Bayern will bring a legends side to Manchester, with all proceeds donated to the club's foundation.

Manchester United’s group managing director and Foundation chairman Richard Arnold, added: "The final against Bayern Munich is a night etched in the memory of all our fans."

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Man Utd face Uefa rap after fan throws beer bottle at Di Maria during PSG Champions League defeat

The Red Devils were humbled 2-0 at Old Trafford as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer lost for the first time since taking charge in December.

United were outplayed in all areas of the pitch, and one man who particularly impressed for the visitors was Di Maria.

The winger endured a torrid single season in England but looked a different man as he bagged two assists against United.

He was booed constantly throughout the game after badmouthing United in the run-up.

And Di Maria was also happy to wind up home fans during the game, resulting in a beer bottle being thrown at him before a corner.

But United now face potential disciplinary action after Di Maria jokingly pretended to swig from the bottle.

The beer was then handed to a match official on the sidelines.

And the incident is sure to be part of the referee’s post-match report.

That means Uefa have the right to take action against United, who are already smarting from the loss of Paul Pogba to a second yellow card in the final minutes.

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Solskjaer's Man Utd have spent less time in top four this season than Palace, Bournemouth and Watford

The Red Devils were a whopping 11 points behind Chelsea when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed interim boss.

Their incredible resurgence has seen them pick up 25 points from a possible 27.

A 3-0 victory away at Fulham on Sunday saw them leapfrog Chelsea into fourth with Maurizio Sarri's side humbled 6-0 at Manchester City.

It has been a long time coming with United fans having to wait 25 matches to occupy a Champions League spot.

It has been so rare this season that Crystal Palace, Bournemouth and Watford have all spent more days in the top four.


The Hornets' terrific form at the start of the campaign saw them sit in fourth spot until their sixth game of the season.

Title-chasers Liverpool have spent 182 days inside the top four followed by Chelsea with 179.

Solskjaer will now turn his attentions to ensuring United remain in contention to qualify for the Champions League.

The Norwegian boss faces arguably his toughest test yet when United host Liverpool in their next league outing.

And next month they face back-to-back contests away at Arsenal before hosting Pep Guardiola's Manchester City.

SunSport exclusively revealed how Solskjaer will be named the United boss on a permanent contract.

It is understood the decision has been made at board level, although the club may not announce it until the end of the season.

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Mike Phelan says Man Utd can ‘win everything’ as Solskjaer fever hits new peak

In ten games since Jose Mourinho was replaced as manager in December, United have won nine and drawn just one and are the "in form team of the Premier League".

United have failed to even challenge for the title since Phelan left Old Trafford with Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013 but Solskjaer's No2 tips the current squad to push them back to the top.

They are now just three points off fourth spot, having been 11 adrift in December, and many of the stars are now queuing up to sign new deals.

Ahead of United's lunchtime clash at Fulham, Phelan said: “Our aim is to try and do even better, to try and push the players even further.

“I've experienced a lot of things at Manchester United and I want this next generation of players to do the same."


Although the title is beyond United this season, the Reds still harbour hopes of Champions League glory and are through to the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Phelan added: “They've won some things, but they haven't won everything – and I want them to win everything. Why shouldn't we?

“You've got to be greedy in this game and to keep pushing. What they're here for, surely, is to be better players, better individuals and to win something for the club and themselves.

“Players are talented here because they're here for a reason. It's then up to them to embrace Manchester United, the ethos, and everything around it. That's the reason why they're here.

“Ability shouldn't be an issue – they shouldn't get through the door if they haven't got the ability, so what is important is that we make sure we only bring in that quality and personality, that charismatic sort that can enhance what is already here. That's a major responsibility.

“Winning is there, it's got to be – the size of the football club demands that. We're trying to build something.”

Interim boss Solskjaer is in charge until the end of the season, but Mauricio Pochettino continues to be linked with becoming the club’s next full-time manager.

However, the squad has made several public displays of faith in the Norweigan remaining in charge with Jesse Lingard insisting that United would be title challengers if he stayed on.

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Leicester 0 Man Utd 1: Rashford and Pogba combine to fire Solskjaer's side two points off Prem top-four

Red Devils’ reinvigorated front man took his tally to 10 goals for the season, in his 100th Premier League appearance, to down a spirited Leicester side and leapfrog Arsenal into fifth.

It may turn out to be a temporary switch with the Gunners as Unai Emery's men face take on Man City at the Etihad Stadium.

But Solskjaer, who saw his unbeaten run stretch to ten games, is now just two points off fourth-place Chelsea having shrunk the 11-point gap in little over a month.

And his hopes of taking the job on a permanent basis become more realistic with every victory as the baby-faced assassin continues to turn back the clock.

This week, the interim boss brought £500,000-a-week man Alexis Sanchez back into his starting line-up, yet his contribution was minimal.

Instead, the biggest threat, as it has been so often since Solskjaer took the reins, was from the local lad Rashford.


Despite missing a golden chance early on, Rashford made amends inside just 10 minutes.

When Ricardo Perreira’s misplaced pass was pounded on by Paul Pogba, the World Cup winner looped the ball into Rashford’s path with the perfect pass.

Rashford’s first touch killed the ball and his second dispatched it past Kasper Schmeichel with a new-found composure.

The 21-year-old is swiftly adding a clinical edge to his game, and Solskjaer’s work with him is paying dividends with the first-half strike his eighth in 13 games.



It was United’s exciting young Englishman who gave the visitors the lead, and it was Leicester’s who came closest to pulling the hosts level.

James Maddison, the bargain buy of last summer, got in behind the United defence but found his path blocked by a combination of Luke Shaw and Eric Bailly.

Claude Puel’s side were still on a high from the midweek draw with league leaders Liverpool but they found a solid defensive partnership in Bailly and Victor Lindelof.

There was little the duo could do, though, when Maddison’s deflected free-kick looped up and left Jamie Vardy flying through the air with an acrobatic bicycle kick that went straight at David de Gea.



There was little the duo could do, though, when Maddison’s deflected free-kick looped up and left Jamie Vardy flying through the air with an acrobatic bicycle kick that went straight at David de Gea.
Vardy threatened but it was Maddison who was Leicester’s most dangerous man, which made it all the more puzzling when Puel hooked him with half-an-hour remaining.

The Foxes faithful showed their shock with audible groans as the England man trudged off in place of Rachid Ghezzal.

It may have been an unpopular decision but it almost paid off when the Algerian’s free-kick late in the game was arrowing towards the top corner before a stunning interception from De Gea.

The Spanish keeper is so often the saviour for United, and his contribution was ultimately as crucial as Rashford’s at the other end.



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Man Utd want £30m Steven Bergwijn but will wait until summer to sign Dutch wonderkid

United have already started work on planning for next season despite the January transfer window yet to close.

And according to Sky Sports, a player on their radar is Dutch international prospect Bergwijn.

The 21-year-old has been in impressive form in the Eredevise and earlier this season forced his way into the national team squad for the first time.

And it is claimed that United's head of global scouting Marcel Bout has been monitoring his progress and recommended him for consideration to move to Old Trafford.

Bout has an extensive database of the best young players around the world, and Bergwijn has been on that ever since he emerged from the academy set-up at PSV.

Over the past two years he has established himself as a regular in Marc van Bommel's side which won the Dutch league title last season.

He has been just as impressive this season scoring ten goals and creating ten others in 26 matches to help PSV open up a five point gap at the top of the table.


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But despite sending scouts to watch him on a regular basis over the past few months, United's interest is more towards putting together a £30million bid to sign him in the summer.

They have been told that PSV have no intention of letting one of their best players leave during the mid-season window.

And that has fitted in well with United's planning as the look to monitor how he performs over the next four months before deciding if they need to make a bid.

It will allow the club to concentrate on sorting out the contract situations of their current first team stars, with goalkeeper David De Gea a priority.

They are also hoping to finalise a new improved deal for Marcus Rashford despite ongoing interest from Real Madrid over a £100m bid.

Long terms deals with the pair will see them add to the five-year contract signed by Anthony Martial this week.

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Man Utd join Liverpool and Barcelona in race for 19-year-old Benfica playmaker Felix

Felix is an attacking midfielder, though he has been deployed as a centre forward or a winger on occasions this season.

The 19-year-old has scored seven goals in 20 games in all competitions this season, while he made a Champions League cameo against AEK Athens in December.

The Independent claim Old Trafford chiefs have been keeping tabs on the teenager and could look to lodge a late bid for the Portuguese player.

United have sent scouts to watch the promising star, though they were joined by a host of top European clubs.

Felix was watched by United bosses on Tuesday night as he bagged himself a goal and an assist in Benfica’s 5-1 win over Boavista.

Despite strong interest from United, they are joined by Liverpool, Borussia Dortmund, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich in the hunt for Felix’s signature.

Liverpool had a had a £60million bid for Felix rejected, as it is understood the Benfica man

has a £105m release clause.

Dortmund have a solid track record when it comes to buying and producing talent.

English star Jadon Sancho, 18, the latest youngster to be reaping the rewards of Dortmund’s willingness to give playing time to promising talent.

Bayern have listed Felix as a potential alternative to Callum Hudson-Odoi, with Chelsea standing firm in their quest to hold onto the 18-year-old.


The German champions have had four bids snubbed by Chelsea, and Felix could be the man they turn to.

While Barcelona have long time target Antoine Griezmann still firmly in their sights, Felix could offer a solution for Atletico, should their World Cup winner depart from Wanda Metropolitano.

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Man Utd hell-bent on landing top transfer target Koulibaly this summer regardless of who take over at Old Trafford this summer

The Old Trafford club have been chasing the Napoli centre-back, 27, since the Jose Mourinho days.

Koulibaly has been the No1 priority for the club since last summer and are itching to land their man this year.

The 31-cap Senegal international has been in sensational form this season in both Serie A and the Champions League.

While United have won all eight of their games under Solskjaer, their defence still desperately needs reinforcements.

Phil Jones is just one of many defenders out of contract at United this summer, with the likes of Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly failing to inspire with any consistency.

In fact, in Solskjaer's eight wins, United have kept just three clean sheets – against Tottenham, Reading and Newcastle.

However, Koulibaly will not come cheap, valued at around £90million – but is also keen to prolong his stay in Naples.

Earlier this month, Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti claimed: "Koulibaly is happy in Naples, he's upset like others [at recent racism], but it will not be a trigger for a goodbye.

"He never showed it, he wants to stay in Naples and in Italy, a country he likes very much."

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Man Utd player ratings: Romelu Lukaku shines as Alexis Sanchez haunts former side in FA Cup win

The Belgian striker was picked to start in attack by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and repaid the faith shown in him in a 3-1 win.


Lukaku's assist for Alexis Sanchez – the pantomime villain tonight – fooled just about everyone in the Emirates with his disguised pass for the Chilean who turned home expertly at his old stomping ground.

Two minutes later it was 2-0 and it was that man Romelu involved again – he drifted out wide and fed Jesse Lingard, who kept his composure to slot in.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang pulled one back before the break but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sent on Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial for Lukaku and Sanchez to close out the game.

And that's exactly what Martial did, slotting into an open goal after Petr Cech parried Paul Pogba's effort.

Sergio Romero

Making only his fourth appearance of the season but showed there was nothing wrong with his reactions with an excellent instinctive save from Ramsey to preserve United’s lead.

Ashley Young

The United skipper kept a right rein on Iwobi and was always available to lend a hand going forward when his team were looking for some width to stretch their opponents.

Victor Lindelof

Finally starting to look like the player United thought they were getting when they paid £35million for him two years ago. His calm assurance was key when Arsenal were pressing for an equaliser.

Eric Bailly

Adds a muscular presence to the Manchester United defence but his determination to play everything out from the back gave United fans some anxious moments when all they wanted was a big boot clear.

Luke Shaw

Playing with so much more freedom now that he doesn’t have Mourinho digging him out every week. It was his long run out of defence which set United on their way for their second goal.

Ander Herrera

Not his most eye-catching performance but his tireless industry wouldn’t have been missed by boss Solskjaer. Made sure that Arsenal couldn’t play their little passes around the edge of the United area.

Nemanja Matic

The unheralded work-horse of the United midfield, he gets on with his job with the minimum of fuss, is always alert to the dangers of the counter-attack and doesn’t try anything too complicated.

Paul Pogba

The dominant force in the middle of the pitch, he moved through the gears like Lewis Hamilton and kept driving his team forward to make sure they remained in the ascendancy.

Jesse Lingard

Here, there and everywhere, Arsenal couldn’t cope with his constant movement and left him with the freedom of their penalty area to score United’s second.

Romelu Lukaku

Restored to the starting line-up on the right wing and proved to be a most unlikely creator with a couple of terrific assists for United’s first two goals.

Alexis Sanchez

Inevitably booed on his first return to the Emirates but silenced the crowd with an exquisite finish from the tightest of angles to put United in control.

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Marcus Rashford (for Lukaku 72mins)

His pace made sure that Arsenal could not risk pushing too far up the pitch.

Anthony Martial (for Sanchez 72mins)

Put the tie to bed when Cech couldn't hold on to Pogba's late shot and he made no mistake.

Phil Jones (for Lingard 87 mins)

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Arsenal v Man Utd is far bigger than just FA Cup glory, it could define both clubs' entire season, says Gunners legend Lauren

Unai Emery hosts Ole Gunnar Solskjaer tomorrow night in the clash of the tournament so far.

And 42-year-old Lauren, who won the competition three times with the Gunners, thinks the result could have far-reaching implications.

He told bwin: "The winner will have a real advantage over who is in pole position to get into the Champions League qualification places.

"Both teams are on a high at the moment and they will both know that a win this weekend could set up a great run of results until the end of the season.

"There are a lot of players in the top six that haven’t won trophies for a few years and the FA Cup is a great chance to rectify that.

"In the last months of the season, it’s important to keep focused and motivation high which a good run in the FA Cup can do for you."


Lauren is used to the days when Arsenal's games against United were guaranteed to be fiery affairs with the likes of Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira pitted against each other.

And he admitted this contest will probably not hit the same levels, before backing his former employers in the top-four race.

The Invincible – who scored in the shootout win over against United in the 2005 final – added: "These fixtures aren’t what they used to be.

"When you look at the 2005 final, Arsenal and Man Utd were the best two teams in the Premier League and there was real individual player rivalry. It’ll be a great game, but it won’t have the same bite as when I played.

"I believe Man City, Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal will finish in the top four this season. It pains me to say, but Tottenham are a very good team when they have everyone fit and I expect them to finish in the top four.

"Chelsea clearly have problems which aren’t going to go away overnight and they could start to slip away. Man Utd are on a high since Solskjaer came in, but he has to deliver on a scale that he has never done before and there’s a lot of pressure on him."

 

 

 

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