The impressive emergence of Everton’s Ross Barkley onto the Premier League scene this season has been monitored with approval by Sir Alex Ferguson so much so that the Manchester United manager is to follow-up an effort he made to sign the 17-year-old midfielder last week, when the transfer window re-opens in January, the Manchester Evening News understands.
It is believed that prior to the closing of the summer transfer window, Fergie tried to entice Everton manager David Moyes into relinquishing Barkley’s services to United, by offering a cash sum plus Darron Gibson for the Toffees starlet.
However whilst any such approach did not result in Barkley following in the footsteps of Wayne Rooney by switching to Old Trafford, Ferguson’s admiration for the youngster’s energy, flair and ability to play in a variety of midfield, may motivate the Scots supremo to make a concerted effort to sign the player in January.
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Nani wants legendary status.
After being voted as Manchester United’s player of the 2010-2011 season by his own teammates and starting the new term in blistering form, Nani is now aiming to help Manchester United continue their success-laden legacy and in the process, become the best player in the world, goal.com has reported.
In an ongoing four-year stay at United, Nani’s has produced match-winning performances in an ever-increasing volume with each passing season and hopes to continue this trend in order to be recognised as one of the greats of the game.
“Hopefully when I have finished playing football people will say ‘Nani was a fantastic player who won a lot of titles and beat records at the club. I know I have the condition to be among the select best players in the world but I have to work hard and show that. That’s one dream I have got: to be the best in the world but I don’t let it frustrate me as I have other priorities such as winning trophies with the team,” declared Nani.
No retirement plans for Fergie.
As significant landmarks in the life of Sir Alex Ferguson due to take place before the end of 2012 – with the United manager set to having been so for 25 years on November 6th, after which he will celebrate his 70th birthday on New Year’s Eve – the Scotsman is not entertaining any thoughts of retiring from his Old Trafford hot-seat as he did almost a decade ago, according to Sky Sports.
At that time Fergie publicised his retirement plans in the mainstream media but since then has orchestrated another period of success for United and now appears invigorated by overseeing the emergence of another crop talented youngsters into the club’s first team. Whilst he has no intention of retiring from his current role, Fergie admits even if he was, picking a successor would be nigh on impossible.
“Over the years I’ve had the question who do I think could replace me? Now in those years, some of the coaches they were talking about to replace me don’t have jobs anymore. So it becomes very difficult because someone who I think has potential may be sacked by his club and disappear,” said Ferguson before adding: “I think you would need someone very experienced in the long term. But I have absolutely no idea… first of all, I’m not retiring.”