12:30 While you digest the details from the press conference - stories on Ferdinand and Nani / Phil Jones are on the Homepage now - here's some news of a different kind from the club. Membership prices have been reduced for the remainder of the 2012/13 season - join today and enter the ballot from 08:00 GMT next Friday, 22 March, for the chance of getting tickets to see United vs Chelsea in the league! See Tickets & Hospitality News to find out more. (Craig Franklin)
12:20 These were Sir Alex's opening remarks on Rio Ferdinand's England call-up yesterday: "I was as surprised as anyone when I heard. I need to speak to our doctor… we prepare Rio in certain ways and he has certain treatments he has to go through. The procedures have been the same all season which has given him fantastic performance levels when he’s playing for us. We have to consider that and Rio is considering that." (GT)
12:15 Here, as promised, are the top news items from the manager - look out for more details in stories coming soon to our Home page:
Injuries - Only two players are injured. Nani, who came off against Chelsea, last Sunday, is "not serious" but will be out for a couple of weeks. He'll "hopefully be ready for after the Sunderland game (30 March)." Phil Jones is not back yet.
Reading - "Reading are fighting for their lives at the bottom and could come here without a manager. Some things you can never understand and football is full of that and to sack Brian McDermott at this stage is strange to say the least."
Sir Alex also spoke of his surprise and concern at Rio Ferdinand's call-up - full story with