Sir Alex Ferguson has stated that Manchester United have ‘no real interest’ in Inter playmaker Wesley Sneijder.
The Serie A side have denied reports that an agreement has been reached between the two sides over the Dutchman as they say they have not received an offer from the English champions.
Newspaper reports have been reporting United’s interest in Sneijder as a potential replacement for Paul Scholes since his retirement at the end of last season and it had been widely reported that the two clubs had agreed a fee of £35m and the 27-year-old had agreed a £190,000-per-week contract with United.
But on Wednesday Inter technical director Marco Branca insisted United had not made an approach for the World Cup runner-up and insisted any offer would be rejected as they plan to hold on to their star player: “No, there’s not been an official offer and there has never been the intention to listen to them. There are no updates. He is not for sale.”
Ferguson backed Branca’s statement, adding on Thursday: “I have not been involved in this situation. There is no real interest for a lot of reasons. There is nothing I can tell you about it.”
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Fergie backs De Gea.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes new goalkeeper David de Gea will have no problem adjusting to the Premier League and he feels the 20-year-old is ready to wear the No 1 jersey of the English champions, The Mirror reports.
The Spaniard will meet up with his new teammates this weekend after he was given an extended break following his nation’s victory in the Under-21 European Championships.
At just 20-years-old, De Gea replaces recently retired Edwin van der Sar following the Dutchman’s retirement at the age of 40 and his new manager is confident that the £18.3m signing is ready to take his place between the sticks at Old Trafford:
“I went to see Cech when he was at Rennes, he was 19 years of age at the time and I said to myself, ‘Yeah, he’s too young’, but Chelsea bought him not long afterwards for £7m or something and he’s never been out of the team.
“So youth, age, it doesn’t matter when you have the ability of a goalkeeper like Cech or, we know, De Gea has. He’s young, he’s quick and he has fantastic presence and composure. His use of the ball is outstanding. All of these plus points are things that don’t go away. He’s got these natural things.”
Sir Alex Ferguson praised new signing Ashley Young for his displays in his debut against New England Revolution and said he thinks Manchester United will be able to score a lot more goals with Young’s crossing ability, The Mirror has revealed.
United ran out 4-1 winners over the MLS team with Young on the left wing and the former Aston Villa player gelled perfectly with his new team mates.
Ferguson said: “That was Ashley’s position with Aston Villa until last season, when they started playing him in behind the strikers – [Gabriel] Agbonlahor or [Darren] Bent – in a more advanced role, like the way we use [Wayne] Rooney.
“His capabilities are such that he can play at wide left, he can play in behind the strikers and he can play wide right. He showed tonight he’s a fantastic crosser of the ball.
“I think he hit three fantastic crosses in the game, which maybe isn’t something we’re used to with the way we play. But if we do get used to it then there’s goals there. I was very satisfied.”