With his refusal to talk to the media and his side’s recent poor form, Alex Ferguson is for once feeling the pressure as Manchester United enter the final stages of an entertaining season of topsy-turvy results.
The recent losses to Chelsea and Liverpool have flung the title race, which at one stage looked to be all but sewn up by a dominant United, wide open.
Ferguson is aware of his team’s limitations and the lack of squad depth at Old Trafford is a concern for the feisty Scotsman. If United are to continue at the top of the English game they need more options, which is why Alex Ferguson is stepping up his interest in Sunderland’s midfield prospect, Jordan Henderson.
The skillful midfielder has become a first-choice for Steve Bruce and is rated very highly in the North-East, with his manager, in a somewhat blinkered claim, calling him, ‘the best young British footballer there is’.
At any rate, Henderson, 20, already has his first England cap under his belt (should that be on his head?), starting in the friendly against France in November last year. Rumours concerning the future of the dynamic midfielder first surfaced late last year, with Steve Bruce admitting at the time that it might be hard for Sunderland to hang on to the impressive talent,
“I sincerely hope we can keep him in the long term. We will try desperately. I am a realist. If one of the big giants come along we will be up against it. If ridiculous money is offered it will be difficult we will face that if it comes.”
As Steve Bruce suggests, it will take a very large bid for Sunderland to part with their youth product, who is contracted to the Wearside ouftit until 2015.
Ferguson has had mixed fortunes in the transfer market in recent years, with Hernandez and Chris Smalling doing well, and the likes of Gabriel Obertan and Bebe remaining unconvincing. The wily Scot is looking to bring in one of the country’s top young talents though with the signing of Henderson, but quality comes at a price and it is thought that Sunderland will hold out for at least £18million for their star midfielder.
Despite the recent announcement of a new 3 year contract for master of indifference, Michael Carrick, Fergie is keen to press on with the signing of Henderson, who would provide the youthful impetus that United’s midfield need, as the old chargers Giggs and Scholes lose their sparkle.
I think the signing of Henderson would provide Ferguson with an excellent young player with his whole career ahead of him and would inject the dynamism United are currently lacking in the centre of the park. Henderson has already shown maturity and the kind of exemplary attitude to his own progression that Manchester United’s legendary manager appreciates so highly, and could prove to be a superb addition to the Champions’ squad.
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