Neville Approaches Made

Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted he has received several approaches for Phil Neville.

Middlesbrough and Newcastle United were both linked with a move for the England international in Tuesday's press and West Brom manager Bryan Robson is believed to be an admirer of the versatile 28-year-old.

Wigan Athletic boss Paul Jewell could also view Neville as an ideal addition to bring some Premiership experience to his newly-promoted squad.

"There have been a few enquiries for Phil over the last two or three weeks," confirmed Ferguson. "But, so far, we have not accepted any of them."

Ferguson is bidding to convert Alan Smith into a midfield option and that would leave Neville, always handy back-up, surplus to requirements at Old Trafford.

Meanwhile, the United boss has backed Ruud van Nistelrooy after another disappointing show in front of goal from the Dutchman.

Van Nistelrooy toiled in the 3-0 win against Beijing Hyundai but the Scot has no worries about the former PSV Eindhoven star, who had started the pre-season positively.

"Ruud is not lacking in confidence," claimed Ferguson.

"I thought he did very well.

"He will score goals this season - I have no worries about that."

Source: Sky Sports
Date Published: 26 July 2005