Ferguson confirms squad news ahead of Arsenal

by Sam Peoples

Manchester United might be 2013 Premier League champions but there are still four games left to play. After a dazzling display against Aston Villa, Ferguson cited that he is keen to give some of the fringe players in the squad some minutes between now and the end of the season.

And speaking at the pre-Arsenal press conference this afternoon, Ferguson gave the latest team news as well as his opinion on van Persie’s return to Arsenal.

On the latest team news…

“We have a few bumps and bruises from the other night but it is hopefully nothing serious and I expect to have a strong side on Sunday.

“Having won the league, there’s always a danger of falling into the trap of ‘it’s all over and we can relax’ and enjoy ourselves but I think we’ve got a duty to other clubs who are chasing Champions League places.

“Also, the rivalry we’ve had with Arsenal and then Chelsea over the years does put an edge to these games anyway so hopefully we’ll represent ourselves in the right way.”

On van Persie’s return to Arsenal…

“I’m not really bothered about that to be honest with you. I don’t think Robin should bother about it either.

“There was some booing of him when he played against Arsenal at Old Trafford and I think you probably expect a portion of the fans will do that. But that’s the modern generation and modern society, I’m afraid.”

On van Persie’s maiden Premier League title…

“I think it showed in his celebrations. Not just for the goals but at the end of the match, he was celebrating more than the others.”

On the guard of honour…

“I’m glad Arsene has done that [confirmed the guard of honour]. When they came to Old Trafford some years back, we did exactly that and that’s what great clubs should do.”

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