Evening Report: February 8

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Sir Alex Ferguson has been fined £12,000 by the FA for comments made about an assistant referee after the recent draw with Tottenham.

The FA claimed the Manchester United manager’s comments about linesman Simon Beck “implied that the match official was motivated by bias”.

Interim Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez has claimed small mistakes are behind the Blues recent run of poor form.

The Stamford Bridge club have not won for four games and the under-pressure Spaniard claims Chelsea could have won them all if small factors had been different.

Arsene Wenger believes young midfielder Jack Wilshere can become one of the best players in the world.

The emerging Arsenal star drew countless plaudits for an impressive performance in England’s win over Brazil at Wembley in midweek.

Tottenham Hotspur star Mousa Dembele insists he is ready to take on the role of centre-forward once again to relieve the striker crisis at White Hart Lane.

Dembele played predominantly as a forward in Holland for FC Twente and he could be called upon after Jermain Defoe was ruled out for three weeks with an ankle injury and Emmanuel Adebayor claiming exhaustion following his Africa Cup of Nations exploits.

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany could make a return to the starting XI against Southampton tomorrow evening if he passes a late fitness test.

The Belgian centre-back was out with a calf injury and was not expected to return until after next weekend – Kompany’s early return will be a huge boost to Roberto Mancini as his side look to overhaul the nine-point difference between them and rivals Manchester United at the top of the Premier League.

And finally, Barcelona defender Gerard Pique thinks the Camp Nou side are heading for another clean sweep of trophies in 2013.

The Spain international believes the Catalan club are in fine fettle and confident enough to go all the way in La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the UEFA Champions League.

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