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Fergie hatching a Van plan
Alex Ferguson plans to offer Edwin van der Sar a role at Old Trafford if he does decide to hang up his gloves at the end of the season. Fergie will sit down with Manchester United's Dutch keeper after Christmas to discuss keeping him on. Van der Sar, 40, is set to quit after the current campaign but boss Fergie is keen to put his wealth of experience to good use. It is believed the stopper's wife Annemarie, who suffered a brain haemorrhage more than a year ago, would like to move back to Holland. United would prefer to hand Van der Sar a coaching role - but not affecting goalkeeping coach Eric Steele's position - although a key scouting and ambassadorial position is likelier.
Gabriel Obertan's interview with United Review has been picked up by the Manchester Evening News. The French winger said fellow countryman and former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry is his inspiration as he looks to establish himself at OT: “I watched Henry play for France and when he was here in England. I am trying to take something from his game. Like me, Henry started out he was a winger. I am trying to score more and be more efficient in front of goal.”
Elsewhere, Nani has singled out Arsenal as United’s main threat to reclaiming the Premier League title. The Reds winger is quoted in The Telegraph: “Arsenal are a bigger threat than Chelsea now. Chelsea have lost a few games and drawn some, their confidence looks a bit low. But Arsenal have been winning and being top of the league gives you great confidence.”