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Fergie on warpath

ALEX FERGUSON'S silence is well and truly broken with Liverpool's Jamie Carragher and the Glazer family bearing the brunt of the Manchester United manager's frustration.

Ahead of this evening's FA Cup quarter-final clash with Arsenal, Ferguson blasted Liverpool defender Carragher for the wreckless challenge in last week's Premier League clash at Anfield, that has left his winger Nani with a big gash on his shin and a stint on the sidelines at a critical part of the season.

"It was a disgraceful tackle, we know that," raged Fergie.

"We managed to stitch the wound, which was great news. We're guarding against infection but the swelling has gone down a great deal which is also good news."

Next up was the Glazer family, with Fergie demanding £100m war chest from the club's American owners in the summer to lift his squad that - despite their challenge for Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup honours - have failed to impress this season.

The United boss has ear-marked Everton's Jack Rodwell as a priority signing in a deal which could cost in the region of £30m, while Fergie is also scouting a top class goalkeeper to replace the retiring Edwin van der Sar.

Aston Villa's Irish central defender Ciaran Clark and team-mate Ashley Young have also been linked with United.

Finally, Ferguson has called on his current bunch of players to put on a show against Arsenal in the FA Cup clash at Old Trafford this evening to lift spirits after a horrible eleven days that have seen United lose to Chelsea and bitter rivals Liverpool - dropping six valuable Premier League points in the process.

With one eye on Tuesday night's Champions League clash with Marseille, Ferguson will be forced to rest some key players, but he will nonetheless seek a convincing performance against the faltering Gunners.