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Monday 5 December 2016

Fergie calls off summer hunt for midfield recruit

Published 25/07/2011 | 05:00

Alex Ferguson confirmed Manchester United are not currently in the market for new summer signings and he is looking at the Old Trafford dressing-room to provide the answer to Paul Scholes' retirement.

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At various points in the summer, Samir Nasri, Luka Modric and Wesley Sneijder have all been linked with big-money moves to United.

However, Nasri and Modric appear bound for Manchester City and Chelsea should they leave Arsenal and Tottenham respectively, while any deal to sign Sneijder looks too expensive for Ferguson to sanction.

It means the United boss could end up going into the new campaign with the players already at his disposal, which would mean the likes of Anderson having to step up on previous efforts.

"We are always looking for good quality players," said Ferguson after Saturday night's 3-1 win over Chicago Fire at Soldier Field.

"We started the season with the players we have and I am satisfied with that. We are not looking at the moment but we are looking at combinations of central midfielders now at the club."

Trailing at the interval, United needed to complete a second-half comeback to secure their win which was inspired by a magnificent goal from Wayne Rooney.

The Red Devils tackle an MLS All-Stars team set to include David Beckham and Thierry Henry at Red Bull Arena on Wednesday before their Champions League final rematch with Barcelona in Washington next Saturday evening.

Irish Independent

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