Manchester United manager chasing Lyon striker and winger

Although you often have to take what you read in The Sun with a pinch of salt, the red-top rag have revealed that Sir Alex Ferguson is chasing two of Lyon’s highly-rated players – they even have quotes to back it up, bless them. Manchester United face the French champions in the Champions League next week, although Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has revealed that he’s spoken to the Scot regarding Hatem Ben Arfa and Karim Benzema.

Aulas said: “I spoke to Sir Alex. I told him that Benzema and Ben Arfa will not leave in the next two years. We want to build our future on them.

“If he wants to exchange Cristiano Ronaldo for Ben Arfa we could talk about it but they would have to also give us a bit of money.”

Funny guy hey! I wonder if Fergie enjoyed reading that quip this morning. After United’s defeat at Manchester City, it’s clear that the old guard of Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs can no longer have the same impact in major matches as they might have done a decade ago. Will Sir Alex get his men in the summer or have to look elsewhere?

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