New Year's Day Ticker: Ferguson not ready to retire, Mancini laments missing out on RVP, and more

New Year's Day Ticker: Ferguson not ready to retire, Mancini laments missing out on RVP, and more

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New Year's Day Ticker: Ferguson not ready to retire, Mancini laments missing out on RVP, and more

By DAN KARELL

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is 71 years old, and in his 26th year in charge, but he isn’t quite ready to give up his job just yet, even as rumors of potential successors make the rounds.

“I’m hoping to stay on for a bit of time,” Ferguson told the Abu Dhabi Sports Channel.

Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola and David Moyes have all been mentioned as potential successors at Manchester United, and all three could be available this summer, but Ferguson isn’t so quick to confirm any plans to step down after this season.

Here are some other stories to get you through New Year’s Day:

MANCINI LAMENTS VAN PERSIE PICKING UNITED OVER CITY

Speaking to the press in advance of Manchester City’s forthcoming match against Stoke City, manager Roberto Mancini stated that he believed Robin Van Persie is the difference maker for Manchester United in their quest for a title this season.

According to Mancini, the Citizens were very close to signing him before United got in the sweepstakes, but Van Persie didn’t sign for reasons Mancini would not reveal.

Mancini says this despite his plentiful striker options, with Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tevez, and Eden Dzeko in rich veins of form, as well as the on again-off again Mario Balotelli in the squad.

ARSENAL AGAIN LOOK TO TAP INTO SOUTHAMPTON PIPELINE

First there was Theo Walcott. Next came Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. And now, it seems it is only a matter of time before Arsenal sign the latest young English prospect from the Southampton academy, 17 year old left back Luke Shaw.

Arsene Wenger is keen on bringing the youngster to the Emirates Stadium, but it will cost him somewhere in the region of £5 million.

THE SILLY SEASON IS OFFICIALLY UPON US:

Here are some of the signings that have become official today, on the first day of the new transfer window:

Sao Paolo’s Lucas Moura to PSG. (REPORT)

Sporting Lisbon’s Daniel Carrico to Reading. (REPORT)

Kansas City’s Roger Espinoza to Wigan Athletic. (SBI REPORT)

FC Nordsjaelland’s Michael Parkhurst to FC Augsburg (SBI REPORT)

QUICK KICKS

Eintracht Frankfurt is interested in short-term Everton signing Tomas Hitzlsperger. (REPORT)

Liverpool are interested in a loan deal with Paris Saint Germain for striker Kevin Gameiro.(REPORT)

At a press conference in Orlando, Florida, Italian side A.S. Roma have announced plans for a new solely-owned 55,000 seat stadium on the outskirts of Rome. (REPORT)

What do you think of these reports? Should Mancini have appealed the red card? Is a three-match ban too harsh? And how will Michael Parkhurst’s move to Germany affect his US National Team hopes for the 2014 World Cup?

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