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23/12/2012 09:00, Report by Adam Marshall

Boss aware of Michu threat

Sir Alex Ferguson is aware of the threat Swansea's top scorer Michu provides at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday.

The Spaniard is at the top of the Barclays Premier League goalscorers table alongside Robin van Persie with 12 strikes. Despite an impressive record with Rayo Vallecano in La Liga, Sir Alex admits he has been surprised by the 26-year-old's impact.

"Michael Laudrup is cherry-picking [in the market] and the boy Michu was a first-class piece of business," stated Sir Alex. "Just £2million and I'd never really heard of him. I should have a word with my scouting department!"

Due to his fine start to life in England, the Reds will be prepared to handle Michu this weekend as he has recovered from a head injury sustained at Tottenham recently. "The fact he's done it early [played so well] gives us an opportunity to look at him better and assess [his qualities]," explained the manager.

"He can play up front but tends to drop into the middle of the pitch too, so it gives them the problem of do they play him off the front or bring Danny Graham back? We have to be aware of it anyway. He's shown good finishing and his goals against Arsenal were completely composed. He's gone through on the goalkeeper and didn't panic. He's got that bit of composure in his finishing but hopefully we can deal with it."

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