Bairns youngsters train at Manchester United

Craig Sibbald and Jay Fulton were part of the Falkirk party who visited Manchester United. Picture: John Devlin
Craig Sibbald and Jay Fulton were part of the Falkirk party who visited Manchester United. Picture: John Devlin

Staff and players from Falkirk have spent four days with Manchester United.

Sir Alex Ferguson welcomed Steven Pressley, Alex Smith and the coaching staff to Old Trafford and Carrington where they toured the facilities and watched United’s win over Swansea.

Craig McPherson spent time with the Red Devils’ Academy, while Craig Sibbald and Jay Fulton trained with the reserves and selected first team players.

“It was a terrific four days,” Steven Pressley told The Falkirk Herald. “And what an experience for Jay Fulton and Craig Sibbald.

“We all gained a lot from watching training and viewing how Manchester United work.”

Pressley has spent time in the north-west of England this season identifying potential targets for next term, but the boss is now back in Scotland and keen now to lay the foundations for the new season.

Michael McGovern’s contract situation is still unresolved though a decision is expected shortly.

The club has offered terms to the players’ player of the year - but The Falkirk Herald understands three other clubs are interested.

PFA Scotland Division One player of the year Farid El Alagui also has options on the table, but is currently on holiday.

“He knows we’re keen to keep him,” Pressley told The Falkirk Herald. “Farid knows our intentions and we’re monitoring the situation closely - we won’t move to replace him or give up on him until we know for sure. We’ll remain hopeful, because he has been just terrific.”

No contract renewal has been offered to Mark Millar who was voted in tothe PFA Scotland First Division team of the year along with El Alagui, McGovern and right-back Kieran Duffie by their fellow players.