Old Trafford side look to trim squad.
While United are to step up efforts to secure transfers or loans for fringe players such as Dimitar Berbatov, Federico Macheda and Bebe between now and the Aug 31 deadline, senior figures at Old Trafford have insisted that the club “will not entertain” attempts to prise Nani or Hernández from Ferguson’s squad.
Well this is news that will greatly please Dimitar Berbatov more than it will Bebe and Federico Macheda, but one wonders what offers Sir Alex Ferguson is willing to accept for the trio.
The Bulgarian international is sure to have a number of prospective suitors keen to snap up the services of a 31 year old who is keen to prove he still has a lot to offer having spent the last year stuck on the bench, despite scoring regularly when called upon.
Ferguson appears to be unwilling to sell the former Tottenham man ‘on the cheap’ but one wonders how much the Old Trafford boss would be looking for given that Berbatov will be out of contract in a year and can then leave for nothing.
It’s harder to see where offers for unproven attackers Bebe and Federico Macheda will come from.
Portuguese youngster Bebe is in danger of becoming best known for being the man Ferguson spent £7.4m on despite never having seen the player in action in person. The 22 year old spent last season on loan at Besiktas but a cruciate ligament injury saw him out of action for six months and he has since returned to the Premier League club but doesn’t appear to have much of a future having never proven himself.
Federico Macheda on the other hand showed great potential when he first broke on the scene, scoring an injury time winner on his debut against Aston Villa. However the Italian has not hit those heights again and loan spells at Sampdoria and QPR have failed to see the youngster recapture his spark.
Ferguson will have no real need for the trio given he has a first team attacking quartet of Wayne Rooney, Robin Van Persie, Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck to call upon.
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