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Fergie Stays To Tie Up Zaha

Alex Ferguson skipped Manchester United’s quick trip to Qatar to enjoy some warm weather training, in order to stay at Old Trafford and take care of some pressing business.

The Red Devils manager is braving the minus temperatures to ensure that Crystal Palace hotshot, Wilfried Zaha, is a United player by the end of the week.

Palace have been adamant that Zaha is not for sale, even while United and Arsenal loitered outside Selhurst Park with intent.

However, such is Fergie’s insistence that young and exciting forward Zaha must play for United in the future, that he has thrown his weight behind the club’s bid for the starlet.

It also appears that United’s willingness to allow Zaha to remain on loan at Palace for the remainder of their season’s push for Premier League promotion has swung the deal in their favour.

Meanwhile, more icy business that Fergie must brave in the cold is the FA’s order for him to explain his most recent outburst.

The gruff Glaswegian railed against the match officials after he thought United were denied a stonewall penalty during their weekend draw against Spurs.

"The stand-side linesman didn't give us a thing all day. For me it was a poor performance by him,” Fergie fumed at the time.

“Why he never saw the penalty kick from Wayne Rooney and some other decisions … We remember him well from his time at the Chelsea game [in April 2010] when [Didier] Drogba was three yards offside and he gave onside.

“He had a shocking game. I'm disappointed in his performance, I really am. He had a bad game and we never got anything on that side of the pitch."  

If the FA decides Fergie’s comments were a slight on the integrity of the linesman, he could face a fine or touchline ban.

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