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Free-flowing is a term very often applied to United's football but once again, rumours are flowing freely around the club.

Freddy Adu has completed his trial, has been sent back to the USA whilst Sir Alex told us United could do nothing as the talented attacker has not turned 18 yet.

Now fresh rumours have emerged and according to these, United are ready to offer a contract to the lad who is plying his trade with D.C. United.

Facts are always rare in this kind of round-up but we can be pretty sure that Sir Alex Ferguson had indeed travelled to Lisbon on Friday to watch the Sporting v Benfica derby. However, our opinions might differ to the tabloids when it comes to defining his intentions.

OK, surely he went there to take a look at our Wednesday opponents, Benfica. But some papers suggest he wanted to check Nani's progress as United are thought to be keen on Sporting's whizkid. He was in action so if Fergie wanted to see him, then the gaffer got his wish.

Of course, football is not just about attacking and though United possess more than enough quality at the back, further investments are mooted. The Reds are thought to be monitoring the progress of Havard Nordtveit, Haugesund's 16-year-old central defender.

A spokesman from the Norwegian club said: 'Haugesund and Manchester have held discussions for an eventual transfer of Nordtveit. The clubs have not reached an agreement.

'Manchester have told us they will continue to follow the player's progress. The two clubs are prepared to continue negotiating.

'It could be that there will be a possibility of sending Harvard to Manchester for a new trial.'

Some stupid Italian paper suggest that we could lose one of our most prized assets next summer when Inter owner Massimo Moratti will launch a massive bid for Cristiano Ronaldo. If I weren't a courteous man, I'd say... but I am a courteous, well-mannered man (haha).

And United are also on the lookout for a new commercial director, with Martin George, former British Airways executive being linked with the job. He has plenty of experience, and according to the speculation, he could act as a deputy executive to David Gill.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Monday December 4 2006
Time: 6:29PM


but an 18yr old is not he answer to your attacking problems is it. i mean from one extreme in Larson ( which i think is a very good signing ) to a baby in Adu. but you know fergie can pull these things off and at the end of the season will be called a genius if it all comes off.
04/12/2006 19:44:00
cannot see ronaldo going.....
04/12/2006 22:43:00
I wonder how long before Fergie starts sniffing around our brightest young talent Gary Cahill? Best young defender I have ever seen, i dont care if I'm biased, he'll be better than John Terry!
05/12/2006 12:50:00
PG, what do you mean, attacking problems? Surely we've scored the most goals in the league so far? Adu could be a long-term investment just as Nani whom I don't fancy to be honest. Larsson, Solskjaer and Rossi will be good backups for Rooney and Saha so we don't need to sign a striker until the summer.
05/12/2006 14:06:00
yeah the summer is when we will get a major striker and adu will be for the future
05/12/2006 14:44:00
cant see ronaldo going either, inter are a smaller club then man u
green giant 12
05/12/2006 15:25:00
ronaldo to inter is obviously not true if he was to go anyway it would be spain
05/12/2006 21:14:00
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