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  • Just for interest really, I don't think anybody has picked up on this, which I've copied from Sky Sports:

    Villarreal midfielder Marcos Senna claims Manchester United's sponsors denied him a move to the Premiership giants.

    The 30-year-old was expected to join the Old Trafford club earlier in the summer before the move stalled.

    The Spanish outfit slammed United for failing to conclude a deal quickly and Senna has now revealed the reasons why they went cold on him.

    Senna says Sir Alex Ferguson was handed orders from the club's new sponsors AIG to only buy English talent and therefore made their move for Bayern Munich's Owen Hargreaves instead.

    "It went very quiet, then Mr Ferguson's assistant Carlos Queiroz told my agent he was sorry but they had orders from above," Senna said in the News of the World.

    "Queiroz said the sponsor preferred English players and although they wanted me, they would have to wait.

    "But they never called me back."

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    • I think we can file this one in the bin marked rubbish. Leaving aside the fact that no football club, let alone utd would allow a sponsor to say who they can and cannot buy sponsors would be more interested in a player`s market profile rather than his nationality. Press reports say that one of the reasons why the Senna deal fell through was his excessive wage demands (£60,000 per week) but there`s no way he`s going to admit that.