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Sir Alex Ferguson to open Fleetwood training facility

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson will officially open Sky Bet League One club Fleetwood's new training facility next week.

The Cod Army have confirmed on Twitter that the Scot will be at their £8million site at Poolfoot Farm on Wednesday.

Fleetwood were only reformed in their current guise in 1997, the year that Ferguson won the fourth of his 13 league titles at Old Trafford.

"We are delighted Sir Alex will officially open Poolfoot Farm on April 20," chairman Andy Pilley said on Fleetwood's official website.

"Not only is Sir Alex a legendary manager but someone whose track record in discovering, honing and developing young home-grown talent is second to none.

"That makes him the perfect choice to open our stunning new training complex where we hope over the next few years we can discover, nurture and develop the next generation of talented young footballers."

Fleetwood's new training complex features 12 grass pitches, a gym, fitness studio, meeting rooms and a restaurant.

Schweinsteiger unlikely to play for Man Utd again this season

Schweinsteiger is unlikely to don a Manchester United shirt again this season. Credit: PA

Bastian Schweinsteiger is unlikely to don a Manchester United shirt again this season, but Louis van Gaal believes the Germany captain could yet make Euro 2016.

Life since swapping Bayern Munich for Old Trafford has been topsy-turvy for the World Cup winner, with injury restricting him to just 31 appearances.

The last of those came in the derby win at Manchester City before an international break when Schweinsteiger suffered a partial medial collateral ligament tear during training with Germany ahead of the friendly with England.

That blow came having only recently returned from a two-month knee injury, with this current complaint set to rule him out for the rest of United's season if not perhaps this summer's European Championship in France.

"I don't think Schweinsteiger shall play this season - I think, next season, he is prepared," Van Gaal told MUTV.

"Maybe he is prepared for the European Championship, I cannot predict.

"It is possible, but then that is also in our favour because then he is fit for the new competition."


Spurs v Man Utd delayed as team coach stuck in traffic

Van Gaal's side is stuck in traffic. Credit: PA

Tottenham's Barclays Premier League clash with Manchester United at White Hart Lane has been delayed after the visitors' bus got stuck in traffic.

The match had been due to start at 4pm on Sunday but kick-off has been put back 15 minutes after Louis van Gaal's men found their preparations disrupted by a late arrival.

Tottenham posted on their official Twitter account: "Kick-off is DELAYED until 4.15pm as the @ManUtd team bus is stuck in traffic."

Spurs go into the mouthwatering clash looking to keep their title hopes alive while United are attempting to keep their Champions League charge on course.


Spurs boss praises Van Gaal as 'one of the best' ever

Mauricio Pochettino has hailed under-pressure Man United boss Louis van Gaal as one of the best managers in the history of the game.

Pochettino has plenty of respect for Louis van Gaal. Credit: PA

Tottenham host United on Sunday with the club's traditional targets reversed, as Spurs look to keep their title hopes alive while the Red Devils chase a place in the top four.

Van Gaal's future at Old Trafford has been under intense scrutiny all season, with underwhelming performances and inconsistent results leaving some supporters dissatisfied with the Dutchman.

Jose Mourinho and even Pochettino have been mentioned in connection with taking over the United post but Tottenham's head coach insists Van Gaal is to be admired.

Pochettino said:

I need to show respect because when I was a player he was a manager at Ajax and Barcelona and his background is amazing and was one of the references as a young coach. You always see Van Gaal when you were a player and how he was, always helping the younger players, I think he is one of the best in the history of managers.

– Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino

Man United skipper Rooney to feature for Under-21s

Wayne Rooney is set to play next week. Credit: PA

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney is closing on a return to fitness and will feature for the club's Under-21 side next week.

Manager Louis van Gaal confirmed the striker has trained this week and is in line to face Middlesbrough Under-21s on Monday.

"No (he won't play at Tottenham), he's playing for the Under-21s," said manager Van Gaal.

"It's going very well. He has trained with us two times - only two times so it's not too much.

"He has to build up his capacity in the 21s team."

Man Utd's Martial full of praise for Spurs striker Kane

Anthony Martial has paid tribute to "top player" Harry Kane ahead of Manchester United's Barclays Premier League clash against Tottenham on Sunday.

Kane has enjoyed another impressive campaign for Spurs, and heads the race for the Golden Boot after netting 22 times in the league this season.

Anthony Martial is full of praise for Harry Kane. Credit: PA

And ahead of United's visit to White Hart Lane, Martial, who arrived at Old Trafford from Monaco last summer, heaped praise on the 22-year-old England international.

Speaking to MUTV, the Frenchman said: "He's a top player and he's also still only young.

"He had a great season last year and he's underlined just how good he is this time around. He's a quality player who is very entertaining to watch."

Martial, who has scored 13 goals this season, added: "Spurs are a team who defend well with a lot of aggression and stay compact as a unit. They have a lot of ability up top and that's why they find themselves currently in second place in the table."

While Tottenham have their sights set on a first top-flight title in more than half a century, United, after a stop-start campaign, are bidding to claim the final Champions League spot. With seven games to play, Louis van Gaal's side are one point adrift of fourth-placed Manchester City.

And Martial, who scored the winner in their 1-0 victory against Everton last time out, said: "It was certainly very important that we picked up a win in that game (Everton) and it has put us back on track in the hunt for fourth place. It's now down to us to do the rest."

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