Fergie concedes defeat over signing

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has claimed that Samir Nasri will most likely leave Arsenal, but will not be joining the Premier League champions.

The ex-Marseille midfielder has been linked with a move all summer-long, as he has stated his desire to win silverware and is in the last year of his deal at the Emirates.

The Old Trafford club have had a £20 million bid rejected as the Gunners refuse to sell their prize asset to a rival, but the Scotsman has stated the France international may soon be on the move.

“I don’t think he is coming to United. That is all I can tell you. I think that he has agreed to go somewhere else,” the 69-year-old is quoted as saying in The Guardian.

Arsene Wenger has maintained that he will do all he can to keep the 24-year-old in north London, despite his expiring contract, which Fergie believes is a bold move.

“That is his decision. He is the manager. If he stands by that decision, it is a brave one. I don’t know if the [Arsenal] directors will enjoy that one, but it is possible. Maybe he will have to stay,” the Scot stated.

United have been in the market for a playmaker since the retirement of Paul Scholes, but the Govan born coach has admitted that it will be difficult to replace the 36-year-old.

“It is impossible to get another Paul Scholes. But if we get a player along similar lines in terms of the quality of his passing and vision, we would have to do something.

“The difficulty is, if you picked the best four midfield players in the world, Scholes would be there with Xavi and Andres Iniesta. Then you could take a pick from somewhere else. It is a loss. How do we overcome it? The next few weeks could help us in that respect. Someone could emerge out of the youth team and we carry on.

“We try to look ahead. We try to make sure there is an influx of young players coming in to replace the older players that are dying on their feet. For the last three years we were well aware of the need to replace Ryan Giggs. Fortunately, he is carrying on and performing the way he does.

“But Gary Neville left, Paul Scholes and Edwin van der Sar retired. We were well aware we would have to replace them at some point. The work in the last two or three years has been about that. Trying to make sure there is the quality in the squad to carry on the success,” he concluded.