Claims that Manchester United have formally approached Inter Milan’s Wesley Sneijder have been dismissed by Sir Alex Ferguson, the Guardian has reported.
In the aftermath United’s 2-1 victory over Barcelona in Washington, Ferguson rubbished a story run by the Mail on Sunday, which unequivocally stated that United had presented Sneijder with a ‘take-it-or-leave-it’ offer. “Absolute nonsense. I have never discussed him. There is nothing new,” Ferguson declared about the report linking United to Sneijder.
Whilst Sneijder has been touted in many quarters as having the potential to replace the retired Paul Scholes, Ferguson is reportedly keen on the idea of promoting someone from within his squad to perform this duty, with Tom Cleverely identifying himself as a candidate following his excellent display in central midfield against Barca last night.
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Fergie: De Gea right choice.
Sir Alex Ferguson is affirmative in his belief that he has found the right man in David De Gea to replace the retired Edwin van der Sar as Manchester United’s no.1 goalkeeper, according to Sky Sports.
Questions were raised as to De Gea’s readiness to become United‘s last line of defence, due to the Spaniard’s slight physical build and being only 20 years old. However Fergie perceives De Gea as having made the perfect start to answering these questions and proving his credentials as van der Sar’s successor by producing a series of accomplished displays during Manchester United’s US tour.
“Replacing Edwin van der Sar is very difficult. He was a great goalkeeper. But the benefit we have with De Gea is that he is only 20. The qualities that stood out for us are his great composure and use of the ball. He is quick and agile, which is something we banked on,” said Ferguson before going on to conclude: “When we assessed him I thought he was the right goalkeeper to take.”
Positive Hernandez news.
Javier Hernandez has been given the go-ahead to fly back from Washington to Manchester with the rest of his United colleagues, to the relief of Sir Alex Ferguson, ESPN has confirmed.
After being admitted to hospital with concussion sustained as a result of being struck on the top of the head by a football during United’s training session on Tuesday, there was understandably significant concern for the welfare of Hernandez.
However, having been released from hospital on Thursday, Hernandez was light night cleared to board United’s flight home, with manager Ferguson expecting the diminutive Mexican striker to be ready for selection in around a month’s time.
“Javier is coming back with us. He is fine. He won’t be able to play for a fortnight but that would have been the case anyway. He was always going to need a break to get his fitness. He will do some training, then we will have him back in three to four weeks,” said Ferguson as he outlined the recovery schedule for Hernandez.