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Man Utd Trying To Fill Void

Sir Alex Ferguson is still looking to fill the void left in the wake of the Roy Keane departure from Old Trafford.

Ferguson has looked for long term replacements for former skipper Keane,with little success. Who can forget Djemba-Djemba? Oh you already have. It was even thought that Alan Smith could be moulded into the role but Ferguson has now admitted Smith will return to the striking position when he has fully recovered from his leg break.

Sir Alex said, in an interview with News of the World:

'The main issue for me is the composition of the midfield. We are not looking outside of that. When you lose a player like Roy Keane, which was always going to happen as he was getting older, you have to find a replacement for him.'

'It is something I have been looking at for a long time. We have Paul Scholes back to his best form. We also have the quality and experience of Ryan Giggs so it can't be that bad. We have youthfulness in John O'Shea who did a great job for us last year in that position and Darren Fletcher, so we have some alternatives in there.'

Ferguson knows the fans are expectant but says they are looking for 'a new face'.

'Fans want to see new signings and a new face which makes a difference to our play and bring more success. We are trying to sign a couple of players who would add variety to our play. They are different types of players to the ones we have and that would only strengthen us. But, at the end of the day, we will not be stupid. I am quite adamant about that.'

He has also suggested that Spurs and England midfielder will no longer be a target because Manchester United and Spurs valuations differ so greatly,

Saying: 'World Cup year is always difficult but we tried to do some fundamental business before the tournament, making a bid for Carrick. Tottenham turned down that offer and are looking at something approaching double what we offered. They want to play the long game. We have put a value on him and we will not go above that.'




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Writer: Cantona Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday July 24 2006

Time: 6:56PM

Your Comments

He'll never be able to replace Keano, you don't get many of his sort around. Love Sir Alex or loath him you can be sure he'll unearth, or bring in someone who will be as close to Keane as is humanly possible
pompeyrug
The midfield problems been around for a long time now, I dont't see why it's taken Man United so long to sort it out. Bringing in players like Djemba-Djemba on the cheap were always going to be stop gap measures. I think it's time the board coughed up decent money for a couple of players to fill the void.
thewidgetshow.com
Have to agree, never going to replace Keano on the cheap, it is going to take a great deal of money and a huge bit of luck, as pompeyrug says, there aren't many like Keano out there.
Cantona7
The biggest void to fill is the one beween pompeyrug's ears. Or maybe between Shrekhead Rooney's earlike whatevers.
USA
Everytime I see a mesage from UStupidArswipe it amazes me with such a teenie weenie brain you are able to type coherently. Keane and Vierra were the standouts in the role and Arsenal now have Fabregas who is starting to show similar traits but to buy one off the shelf is almost impossible.
TeddyLyon
TeddyLyon...couldn't your mum buy you a Tteddy BEAR to comfort you when you get upset? You could get E'to, Adriano and Pele and not beat Chelsea.
USA
 

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