example of what Liverpool paid for Joe Allen – if they have to pay double for Michu then there are few clubs who could afford him.”
Whistle-blower: 25-year-old Michael Oliver, the youngest referee in Premier League history, will take charge on Sunday. United fans last saw the Northumberland-based official, who has dished out 124 yellow and seven red cards this term, during a 4-0 win over Wigan.
Rivals watch: Arsenal travel to Wigan for Saturday’s midday kick-off, before Manchester City host relegation-threatened Reading at the Etihad Stadium. On Sunday, Chelsea face Aston Villa.