Manchester United extended their lead at the top of the Premier League table to six points after registering a memorable 3-2 win over archrivals Manchester City last Sunday.
In a game that was plagued with controversies, Robin van Persie’s injury-time free-kick earned the Red Devils a vital win and also ended City's two-year long unbeaten home run.
Thus, moving on from the latest edition of the Manchester Derby, we present you with the latest Manchester United updates that have brewed up over the past few days.
Luis Nani to Emirates?
In an unexpected transfer rumour, it has been reported that Arsenal are mulling over a move for Manchester United outcast Luis Nani.
Nani has struggled for form and consistency this season and according to several media outlets, has also had a fall-out with Sir Alex Ferguson because of the 26-year-old’s ‘unrealistic’ contract demands.
Arsenal, on the other hand, are on the lookout for a replacement for their own contract rebel, namely Theo Walcott, with the latter attracting interest from various Premier League ‘biggies’ like Chelsea and City.
Although it is unlikely that Arsene Wenger will be interested meeting Nani’s price-tag of 25million for Nani, the player’s expiring contract could allow the cost of the transfer to come down to around £15million.
Gareth Barry Faces FA Wrath
Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry has been charged by the Football Association for ‘misconduct’ during the Derby defeat to United.
“Gareth Barry has been charged by the FA with verbally abusing a match official as the aftershock of Sunday’s tempestuous Manchester derby continues to rumble on.
It is understood that the Manchester City midfielder aimed his comments at one of referee Martin Atkinson’s assistants or fourth official Mark Clattenburg as he left the pitch after Robin van Persie’s injury-time strike gave United a dramatic 3-2 victory.”
Barry has until 4pm on Thursday to appeal to the charge or is likely to face a game-ban.
City Fan Apologized to Rio Ferdinand
Matthew Stott, the City fan who was arrested after he ‘encroached’ onto the pitch to confront Rio Ferdinand during the Manchester Derby, has issued an apology to the defender.
In a statement released through his solicitor, Stott, 21, said, "I would like to apologise to all those affected by my actions, particularly Mr Ferdinand and the other players.
"I am extremely ashamed of my actions. I have let myself down, my family down, my fellow fans down and Manchester City Football Club. I intend to write personally to Mr Ferdinand to express my extreme regret and apologies and also apologise to Manchester United and their fans.”
The Sky Blues have already confirmed that Stott’s season-ticket has been removed, but reports indicate that the idiotic fan could be even hit with a life-time ban if found guilty in court.854032