Legendary Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel has told his former boss Sir Alex Ferguson to spend his way to success, The MEN reports.
The Danish goalkeeper has encouraged Ferguson’s summer spending spree, which would surpass £80m if a £35m offer for Inter Milan’s Wesley Sneijder can be agreed. Schmeichel won 15 major honours with the Red Devils in his career and and believes that now is the time to remould the squad after the retirements of Edwin van der Sar, Paul Scholes and Gary Neville.
Schmeichel said: ‘It is the right time to invest a lot of money. It shows our competitors we have money to spend. We won the championship and we are going to spend so much money, because we want to retain it and we want as much success in the Champions League as we had last year.’
Even if Sneijder does not sign, Schmeichel believes a 20th title is on the way to Old Trafford and they will be able to cope without Scholes. ‘Everyone leaves at some point. The strength of this club is that it always puts someone else in. They might not be the same. They might be a little bit better or a little bit worse, but the club always survives’, Schmeichel added.
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Bebe out for 6 months.
Manchester United winger Bebe has been ruled out for six months with a knee injury and now requires surgery, The Telegraph reports.
The 21 year old joined Turkish side Besiktas on a season long loan deal in June, but injured himself during a Portugal under 21 fixture against Slovakia and the two clubs are in discussions over whether he will stay at Besiktas to continue his rehabilitation or move back to Manchester.
Bebe has received huge criticism from fans since his £7.4m move from Vitoria, but Ferguson still believes that the Portuguese player still has potential to come good at Old Trafford.
Ferguson said: ‘He is a young man just trying to make his way in football. Ability wise, he is a terrific finisher’. The Manchester United manager used former assistant boss Carlos Queiroz’s recommendation for Bebe to sign the player after never seeing him play.
Bradford demand payment.
League Two Bradford City have demanded that Manchester United pay them the money they owe following a clause in Tom Cleverley’s contract, according to The Sun.
Cleverley was called into the full England squad earlier this week and now the Bantams, who nurtured Cleverley’s development, demand that the Premier League champions pay the 10 per cent of all loan fees that Cleverley made. Cleverley was sent out on loan to Leicester, Watford and Wigan and the sum could be possibly six figures, which would help a club like Bradford.
United have offered £50,000 to settle the argument, but the Bantams are eager to find out whether the payment United have offered is a cut-price of what they should actually pay.
Bradford joint-chairman Mark Lawn admitted: ‘We’re currently in discussions with United. They are a professional and sensible club, so I don’t see a problem. We’re saying that this is the contract and we believe we’re owed money, so we’re waiting for them to get back to us’.