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12/08/2009 07:21

Papers: Forward thinking

Fletch states case for attack
Darren Fletcher has insisted that Manchester United will remain faithful to their attacking traditions, despite Sir Alex Ferguson's admission that the team must reinvent itself following the sale of Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid. United, who begin their defence of the Premier League title at home to Birmingham on Sunday, have adopted a 4-4-2 formation throughout pre-season after largely relying on a 4-3-3 set-up last term. Pre-season performances have lacked the cavalier displays that were often typified by Ronaldo, but Fletcher - set to captain Scotland in their World Cup qualifier against Norway on Wednesday - claims that United will continue to be attack-minded even without the talents of Ronaldo. He said: "We've always been tight as a team and we have a great defensive record to back that up. Maybe we have been a little bit too expansive in the past, though. But the Manchester United ethos is all about attacking football. That's what the fans expect and we will continue to honour those principles. You can't be wide open all the time, though. You have to be disciplined and I think you will see a much more rigid 4-4-2 formation this season, with the ability to go 4-3-3 when needed."
Mark Ogden, Daily Telegraph

In other news, the Manchester Evening News say United are looking to step up their pursuit of another senior goalkeeper with Schalke's Manuel Neuer on the radar following an injury to Ben Foster. German sources indicate the Reds have been monitoring the highly-rated 23-year-old stopper for some time.

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