In the immediate aftermath of his side’s 5-0 victory over Bolton yesterday, Sir Alex Ferguson voiced his discontent with the tackle made by opposition captain Kevin Davies on Tom Cleverley, which resulted in the United midfielder being substituted and leaving the Reebok Stadium with a protective cast on his foot, as reported by BBC Sport.
Cleverley’s injured foot is set to undergo a scan at some stage today, with Ferguson as quick to highlight the possibility that the player could face a spell on the sidelines as he was to condemn Davies for the tackle, which remarkably went unpunished by referee Andre Marriner.
“He (Cleverley) may have a broken foot, it is unfortunate. We expected it, it was a bad tackle,” said Ferguson who will hope the injury does not result in a prolonged interruption of Cleverley’s current prospering in United’s first team.
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CL Draw pleases Ferguson.
This coming Tuesday, marks the beginning of the group stages of the Champions League, the draw for which Sir Alex Ferguson admitted to Sky Sports, has been far kinder to his Manchester United side than it has been to their City neighbours.
Whilst United have been set the modest task of qualifying from a group containing Benfica, Basel and Otelul Gulati for the knockout rounds of the competition, Manchester City appear set to face a far sterner challenge to do so, as they have been presented with a series of games against Bayern Munich, Villareal, Napoli, which Fergie implied he is glad to have avoided.
“I think we have been very luck in the draw. You look at City’s group and that’s a bloody difficult group, a glad-you’re-not-in-it kind of group,” exclaimed Ferguson.
‘Keeper loan exit.
Manchester United have loaned out their 18-year old goalkeeper Michael Johnstone to Scunthorpe on an initial one month deal, which could be extended on it’s completion next month, Sky Sports has revealed.
Preston-born Johnstone, like several of his fellow academy members at Old Trafford, is an English youth international, having made his debut for the U-16’s back in 2008. Now the young keeper has a genuine chance, with Scunthorpe, of gaining experience at senior level, a prospect which he is very much looking forward to.
“I am excited to be at Scunthorpe, it’s going to be a good experience for me and I can’t wait to get going,” said Johnstone on conclusion of his loan move to Glanford Park.