Sir Alex Ferguson dismisses Wesley Sneijder stories

Ferguson dismisses Sneijder stories
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Sir Alex Ferguson rubbishes reports linking Manchester United with a move for Wesley Sneijder while praising Tom Cleverley.

Sir Alex Ferguson has once again dismissed rumours that Wesley Sneijder is close to joining Manchester United.

Recent reports have suggested that United had handed the Dutch international an ultimatum regarding a move to Old Trafford, something the manager has strongly denied.

"Absolute nonsense," said Ferguson. "I have never discussed him. There is nothing new."

Meanwhile, the 69-year-old boss has heaped praise upon Tom Cleverley after the midfielder's performance in the friendly victory over Barcelona.

"[Central midfield] is an area we have to find a solution for," revealed Ferguson.

"That is why we played Tom Cleverley today. Physically he is not the strongest but he is wiry and has a great idea of the game.

"He is a good footballer and was our best player today. His discipline was terrific. He is a quick passer of the ball and has good eyes.

"It was a big night for him. He is a big, strong possibility for us to start the season."

Cleverley, 21, spent the whole of last season on loan at Wigan Athletic.

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