"He has got a similar profile to Eric in terms of age and maturity,” the United boss told yahoo.com
Meanwhile, Wales international and Aberdeen goalkeeper Jason Brown has lent his support to Rio Ferdinand in his recent criticism of UEFA over their decision to fine the Serbian FA €80,000 for racism from Serbian fans aimed at England U21 players earlier this year.
United striker Wayne Rooney has partaken in a UEFA youth project with youngsters at Swiss club Payerne, as punishment for his sending-off for England against Montenegro last autumn.
United defender Rafael has claims that his time at Old Trafford has matured him and he now considers himself a man.
According to the Daily Star, Ferguson is concerned about the availability of midfielder Michael Carrick who is understood to have been taken off against Sunderland last weekend with a hamstring injury, whilst there is good news with the imminent return of Shinji Kagawa to the first-team line up before the New Year.
In transfer news, Inter Milan contract rebel Wesley Sneijder who has been linked for a number of season with a move to Old Trafford has been sent home early and relieved from his duties at the San Siro, further fuelling speculation that he could leave the club in January.
This comes despite Ferguson’s adamant claims that he will ‘definitely not’ be making ANY signings in January.
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