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From The Times

October 9, 2007

Sir Alex Ferguson aims to retain strong supporting cast

Oliver Kay

Manchester United are preparing to offer new contracts to at least six senior
players as Sir Alex Ferguson, the manager, seeks to retain a strong supporting
cast around the big names who form the nucleus of his team.

United have already held preliminary discussions over new deals to extend the
careers of Edwin van der Sar, the goalkeeper, who is undecided about his future,
and Ryan Giggs for another year, but they are also discussing new deals for Wes
Brown, Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra, John O'Shea and Ben Foster, the 24-year-old
goalkeeper, who has yet to make his debut for the club.

In the cases of Evra and Vidic, the new contracts are designed to reward them for
the progress they have made since joining the club in January 2006, with their
basic wage due to climb to approximately £55,000 a week. Negotiations with
Vidic may be accelerated by the head injury that will keep him out of Serbia's
European Championship qualifying matches against Armenia and Azerbaijan, but
talks with Federico Pastorello, Evra's agent, are another priority as he was
offered only a 3½year contract when he joined United from AS Monaco.

Brown is another top priority with less than eight months remaining on his
contract, although both Ferguson and David Gill, the chief executive, are
confident that he will sign a new deal. A similar thought process applies to Van
der Sar and Giggs, whose contracts also expire at the end of this season.

Van der Sar, who will be 37 this month, is expected to stay with United if he
decides to continue playing next season, while Giggs, who will be 34 next month,
is firmly expected to accept any opportunity to stay at Old Trafford.

Ferguson is also preoccupied with the task of farming out some of United's
younger players following the club's elimination from the Carling Cup.

Lee Martin, the winger, joined Plymouth Argyle on a three-month loan last week
and Darron Gibson, the Ireland midfield player, is expected to join
Wolverhampton Wanderers on a similar basis.

It is not yet clear whether Dong Fangzhuo, the China forward, will be among the
loanees as the club ponder ways to advance his education.
 

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carlyluvsunited said:
It is not yet clear whether Dong Fangzhuo, the China forward, will be among the
loanees as the club ponder ways to advance his education.
I have been very disappointed by Dong.

At the start of the season Fergie backed him to make an impact on the 1st team but he hasn't even played well for the reserves. Frazier Campbell has played better and even Febian Brandy (a wing attacker promoted from the youth team to the reserves) has had more of an impact.

Dong cost us £3.5m and although he had a good goal scoring record at Royal Antwerp I am beginning to get the distinct impression that China's 4th/5th choice striker is not good enough for United.

I never like writing young players off because they are still developing and there have been many cases of late bloomers in football who go on to be very successful but I have not seen anything from Dong to suggest he is going to be one of the those cases.
 

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I have been very disappointed by Dong.

At the start of the season Fergie backed him to make an impact on the 1st team but he hasn't even played well for the reserves. Frazier Campbell has played better and even Febian Brandy (a wing attacker promoted from the youth team to the reserves) has had more of an impact.

Dong cost us £3.5m and although he had a good goal scoring record at Royal Antwerp I am beginning to get the distinct impression that China's 4th/5th choice striker is not good enough for United.

I never like writing young players off because they are still developing and there have been many cases of late bloomers in football who go on to be very successful but I have not seen anything from Dong to suggest he is going to be one of the those cases.
At least 'Dong' lives up to his name though yes ?
 

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i remember seeing an interview with dong's former coach after we had just signed him and he said no way was dong good enough for united. i thought it was just sour grapes or fergie had seen something that these guys hadn't.

lol how wrong was i?
 
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