Sir Alex sets United scouts mission impossible
Sir Alex Ferguson has set his scouts mission impossible – to find replacements for three Manchester United legends.
The United boss has made the search for the men to try and fit into the shoes of Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Gary Neville his No1 transfer policy.
The surviving trio from the Class of ‘92 remain on one-year deals at Old Trafford and are being considered for new contracts.
A question mark hangs over the future of injury-stricken right back Neville, who’ll be 36 in February, and his retirement is expected this summer.
Giggs, 37, and 36-year-old Scholes are set to stay on and accept new 12-month deals before the end of the season.
But finding successors for the trio, who have amassed over 2000 appearances between them, is paramount as United scour the globe for new recruits.
Tottenham’s Gareth Bale is in the frame to replace fellow Welshman Giggs.
The 21-year-old left midfielder was heavily linked with the Reds before making the move to White Hart Lane in 2007. This season he has come to prominence, especially in the Champions League, and although Spurs chairman Daniel Levy insists his hottest property is not for sale, it could rest on whether Tottenham stay in the top four this season.
Inter Milan’s dynamic playmaker Wesley Sneijder would be an ideal successor to Scholes and the Reds would be in the box seat with things at the San Siro uncertain following Rafa Benitez’s departure.
The Reds are also watching Olympiakos right-back Vassilis Torosidis with a view to finding Neville’s replacement.