Ahead of Manchester United’s Monday night game against Spurs at Old Trafford, Sir Alex Ferguson is unperturbed by the prospect of fielding a youthful looking backline, BBC Sport reports.
As a result of injuries picked up in last Sunday’s 2-1 victory against West Brom, United’s established central defensive pair of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic are expected to be on the sidelines for two and five weeks respectively. This means that United’s defence will have a distinctly young look to it over the coming weeks, starting against Spurs, as Phil Jones (19) and Johnny Evans (23) are set to deputise in the centre, with Chris Smalling (21) likely to fill-in at right back for Rafael Da Silva – who is out for anything up to 10 weeks due to a dislocated shoulder.
However, the view that this reconstructed backline may be too inexperienced, is not shared by manager Ferguson who declared: “We are confident in the players coming in. They have the potential, temperament and courage to play and I think they will do very well.”
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Striking options delight Fergie.
As Javier Hernandez nears a return to full fitness, Sir Alex Ferguson is looking forward to having a full quota of attacking options available for selection, as highlighted on Manchester United’s official website.
Hernandez is almost fully recuperated from the concussion he suffered on United’s pre-season tour of the USA, which means Fergie is soon to have the problem of deciding whether to reinstate the Mexican to his starting XI. This selection problem arises mainly as a result of Danny Welbeck‘s successful accession to United‘s first team during the absence of Hernandez. Subsequently with Wayne Rooney’s exemplary start to the season indicating he will once again be a mainstay in United’s team, Fergie recognised he faces a dilemma in who to play alongside his talismanic no. 10.
“It’s interesting to see how Rooney is combining with Welbeck at the moment – they’ve done very well together. Obviously when Chicharito comes back I have got a problem as the boy has goals written all over him,” said Ferguson who also praised the pre-season form of Dimitar Berbatov and has Michael Owen, Frederico Macheda and Mame Biram Diouf as the other strikers in his squad.
Lim linked with United investment.
Singaporean billionaire Peter Lim has been contacted by Manchester United’s hierarchy over the possibility of him making an initial public offering (IPO) of $1bn (£607m) for the 25-30% of the club’s shares, which are expected to be floated on the Singapore Stock Exchange, according to the Financial Times.
The aforementioned IPO values the Red Devils at more than $3bn (£1.82bn), which Lim is believed to think is excessive for the club he is commercially linked to via investment in a chain of Manchester United themed bars and restaurants in Asia. Indeed a United spokesperson claimed yesterday that rather than ownership issues – as rumoured – it was licensing matters in relation to this Asian business that was the subject of a meeting between Chief Executive David Gill and Mr Lim.
Whether Mr Lim is in genuine contention to invest in United remains to be seen. However his reported scepticism over the size of United’s valuation appears justified with independent parties such as Forbes – leading source for worldwide business info and news – estimating United to be worth $1.86bn (£1.13bn) earlier this year.