Fellaini drops big stay hint at Man Utd

The Frenchman's farewell tour continued at the weekend as Manchester United inflicted another defeat on Arsenal in his final appearance at Old Trafford.

Despite Sunday being his last trip to Old Trafford with Arsenal, the 68-year-old took the opportunity to rest key players with one eye on the return Europa League tie against Atletico Madrid in midweek.

Manchester United are closing in on agreeing on a new deal with midfielder Marouane Fellaini, who will be out of contract at the end of the season.

He was presented with a gift from former United manager Alex Ferguson and current Old Trafford boss Jose Mourinho before Sunday's game which United won 2-1.

Arsene Wenger has revealed he needs some time away from football before deciding his next move after stepping down from the Arsenal job.

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But the 30-year-old suggests he will sign an extension as he looks forward to a "big season" and an improved Premier League title tilt.

"It was the first time I had got a trophy before the game".

Wenger was applauded to the dug-out by United fans — "Once you are not a danger any more, people love you", he said — and received a vase from Ferguson before kickoff.

Meanwhile, Wenger is now preparing his Arsenal side for their trip to Atletico Madrid in the return leg of their crunch Europa League semi-final tie on Thursday night. "I will be surprised if I meet him next year", he said. "It is very classy from them".

Yet though the victory put United in pole position for a second-place finish, with 77 points with three games remaining, Romelu Lukaku's foot injury in the second half is of concern with the FA Cup final on May 19th. But there are three more weeks until the final, so let's see.

  • Regina Holmes