Man Utd news – Utd again linked with Diarra, Reds were in for Bellamy? Fergie impressed with on-loan midfielder

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Utd again linked with Diarra.

After watching Manchester United’s midfield get out-run once again this weekend, the Daily Star has decided it’s about time the club made a move for unwanted Real Madrid man Lassana Diarra.

The French international is jostling for a starting spot amongst a plethora of household names at the Bernabeu, and is said to be concerned about his lack of first team action.

Diarra has already had a mini tour of the Premier league with stints at Chelsea, Arsenal and Portsmouth, and would be keen for a move back to these shores, with former boss Harry Redknapp rivalling the Reds for his signature.

Reds were in for Bellamy?

According to Craig Bellamy, Manchester United attempted to take him off the hands of cross-town rivals City.

The Welsh striker has ended up at home town club Cardiff, but once his departure from Eastlands was apparent, Bellamy more than hinted the Reds were interested in signing him.

In an interview with BBC Radio 5Live, Bellamy admitted, “Tottenham wasn’t going to get done and somebody above them came in which would have caused a few stirs. If I said I wanted to go there my life would have been tough for the next couple of weeks.”

Fergie impressed with on-loan midfielder.

Sir Alex Ferguson believes midfielder starlet Tom Cleverley is ready to challenge for a first team spot at Old Trafford.

The England U21 ace has been farmed out on a season long loan to Wigan Athletic, but Ferguson reckons the 21-year-old will soon be ready to emulate the likes of Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs as the next midfield star off the production line.

“I think five or six months on loan could really help him. He’ll benefit from first-team football in the Premier League. He could very well be the next top player to come through the ranks.”

Cleverley’s time at the DW Stadium has been interrupted by a knee injury which has limited him to just a single appearance, but nevertheless Ferguson is set to recall the youngster in January.

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