"The hosts' cause was not helped by the loss of Shaun Wright-Phillips to a hamstring injury after just 18 minutes."
"Wayne Bridge has completed his £10million move from Chelsea to
Manchester City after signing a four-and-a-half-year contract at
Sir Alex Ferguson believes the arrival of Zoran Tosic will end Wayne Rooney's days as a makeshift winger for Manchester United.Rooney
has frequently found himself shunted into a wide role as Ferguson has
sought to add more balance to his side. But the Scot has told Rooney to
operate in a more advanced role this term, a move that has brought more
consistency from the England star.
And Tosic's capture from Partizan Belgrade ensures United have
sufficient strength in depth on the wings to leave Rooney free to cause
more damage in central areas.
"There is no harm in having three or four wide players given the pace of our game," said Ferguson.
"We have tried Wayne Rooney there and we played Darren Fletcher wide right. But in terms of natural width Zoran is a natural."
Tosic is part of a double capture from Partizan Belgrade that
has also seen the arrival of Adem Ljajic in a deal that could
eventually cost £17million.
Ferguson confirmed it marks the beginning and the end of United's January transfer business.
While 17-year-old Ljajic will remain in Serbia for another 12
months to continue his development, Tosic has had his work permit
granted is already training with his new team-mates.
- Sir Alex Ferguson
- Wayne Rooney
- Wayne Bridge