As Manchester United played out a 1-1 draw against Benfica last night in Lisbon, Sir Alex Ferguson once again did not call upon the services of Dimitar Berbatov but has indicated the Bulgarian striker’s attitude is promoting his chances of featuring in future games, as reported by Goal.com.
Having made just one substitute appearance for United this season, Berbatov’s failure to feature in Portugal was made all the more surprising, since before and during the game Fergie expressed a preference for experienced heads, which at 30 years of age the Bulgarian striker most certainly is in the context of Red Devils squad.
However Ferguson moved quickly to dispel any emerging perception that Berbatov is no longer part of his plans. “Dimitar has been training terrific. His attitude is spot on. He will get his game time as the season wears on. There is no doubt about that,” said Fergie.
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Fergie reacts angrily to ‘keeper debate.
The accomplished performance of Anders Lindegaard in Manchester United’s goal during their 1-1 draw with Benfica, inevitably resulted in Sir Alex Ferguson being asked as to whether the 27-year old Dane is in contention to retain his position for Sunday’s game at Old Trafford against Chelsea, which received a hostile response, the Guardian reports.
In a post-match interview with ITV’s Kelly Cates, daughter of Kenny Dalglish, Fergie reacted angrily when the female reporter enquired as to the possibility of Lindegaard again being selected to face Chelsea ahead of David De Gea, who until last night had been an ever-present this season for United, although appearing unsure of himself in the process.
“Not at all David de Gea will play on Sunday. That’s the understanding we had before the game and it doesn’t change. I don’t know why you ask these questions. You are just looking for stupid little things,” said an irritated Ferguson, who has strongly refuted the criticism directed at De Gea throughout the shaky start the Spaniard has made to his United career.
Singapore listing near.
The Governors of the Singapore Stock Exchange are understood to be on the verge of accepting Manchester United’s share flotation proposal, according to the Manchester Evening News.
United’s owners – the Glazer family – have previously made clear their desire to sell a minority shareholding in the club – estimated to be 25%-30% – in Singapore, for an initial public offering of £600m.
This desire is now believed to be on the brink of being realised, with representatives from United thought to be entertaining a host of potential investors in Asia to ensure that the club receives at least the aforementioned IPO, when the shares are officially listed in Singapore, which has the potential to occur before the end of 2011.