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Manchester United Takeover Close… Apparently

Reports have gathered pace over the last twenty-four hours that the Glazers are going to be bought out by the Qatar Royal family via Qatar Holdings.

A year since the Green and Gold campaign was at its height, it seems the Qataris are close to releasing the fund that will oust the current unpopular owners. Figures of £1.6 billion have been mooted and as such bonds of United have risen in value to record levels.

It is a move that has been rumoured for a while with United spending some time in the small oil rich state over the winter and Sir Alex Ferguson backing their World Cup bid, United may see new owners sooner rather than later. It must be added that both Qatar Holdings and United have denied any deal is or will take place.

But would new owners be welcome if they are just as the current ones are, or does the £40 billion worth of assets change you attitude towards the takeover assuming it goes ahead?

Some good news regarding Patrice Evra as the French full-back has reportedly agreed a new four year deal with the club, this according to French media outlet Canal+. Thus speculation regarding a move to Real Madrid can now be put to bed.

However, one man who will be a tad disappointed will be Fabio who has seen his chances limited with Evra commanding the left-back role at Old Trafford. He has had to watch his brother excel on the other flank as competition was less fierce, but Evra’s decision to stay will at least mean the young Brazilian learns from the best.

Michael Owen’s injury nightmare appears to be never ending as the former England international is once more on the treatment table, this time with a groin injury and as a result he is unlikely to play any part in this weekends F.A. Cup match.

Manchester United continue to march on in the F.A. Youth Cup as they beat Newcastle 1-0 on Wednesday night in the fifth round of the competition, thus setting up a tie against Liverpool in the quarter-final. Ravel Morrison scored the winner and also received praise from new MUTV pundit Gary Neville.

The recently retired captain also singled out Paul Pogba and Ryan Tunnicliffe for their performances in the match.

With the race for the Premier League hotting up, Paul Scholes has given his thoughts on the run in and the fact that performances haven’t been as spectacular as us United fans expect: “You plan to be top of the league and playing great football every week, but it doesn’t always happen,” Scholes told The Mirror.

“If we’re top of the league at the end of the season – when it matters – and we haven’t been blowing teams away, we won’t care. The only thing that matters is winning that league.

“The problems we’ve had have been away, where the performances haven’t been brilliant. We’ve drawn a lot of games. But at home there hasn’t been a problem.”Sentiments I certainly agree with.

Finally, look out for a full match preview of the upcoming F.A. Cup match against Crawley Town tomorrow morning.

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