Sir Alex Ferguson On Signings, Macheda And Cleverley

St Andrews Ground Birmingham City v Manchester United (1-1) Premier League 28/12/2010 Sir Alex Ferguson (Manchester United) Photo Roger Parker Fotosports International Photo via Newscom
Man United boss Sir Alex Ferguson unsurprisingly confirmed that there will be no major signings during the January transfer window.

Denmark keeper Anders Lindegaard will join United from Aalesund in January, he has spent December training with the Man United squad but can't sign until the window opens.

Sir Alex said: "We have no plans to bring anyone in when the window opens"

The gaffer went on to talk about Federico Macheda, who has been linked with a move away to clubs such as Roma, Bolton and his former club Lazio. Macheda's agent has said that he believes there are no less than four Serie A clubs looking to sign the 19-year old.

"Kiko is in the same position as the likes of Danny Welbeck and Mame Biram Diouf. We've got a clutch of young strikers at the club who need games. Kiko comes into that category.

"I've had a chat with him. I don’t want him to go but the way the squad is shaping up - Michael Owen is fit again, Chicharito is progressing well, Bebe will be a striker, and we can play Obertan there - Kiko needs games.

"Welbeck has shown that through consistent regular football he has progressed dramatically, and he must eventually get in the England squad. When I spoke to Kiko I explained the same could happen to him if he goes to another club for five or six months. He could come back a better player.”

Tom Cleverley is currently on a season-long loan at Wigan, it had been believed that Sir Alex would recall the player in January but nothing is sorted yet. Cleverley has made eight appearances for Wigan this season, scoring three goals.

Sir Alex continued: “He’s [Cleverley] done very well. But I’ve not discussed it further with Wigan who we have a great relationship with. I agreed with Roberto that we’d talk about it in January.

“We’re a bit light in wide positions – we’ve lost Ji-sung Park for the whole of January and we’ve not got Antonio Valencia back until hopefully the end of February. So I will talk with Roberto in January.”

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has only had praise for the youngster, he told TalkSport's Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: "We expect and hope Cleverley will stay with us for the whole season. He’s progressed well, and since day one you can see a clear improvement in every game.

"He's got a great attitude, which is down to his development at Man United. He’s very gifted technically and has an awareness that’s not normal in a player his age. He's been very important for us."

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