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O'shea latest Red to get new deal
Sir Alex Ferguson has stepped up his plan to get Manchester United stars to commit to Old Trafford by offering John O'Shea a £16.5million contract. The United boss followed Wayne Rooney's deal by getting Patrice Evra to agree to a big contract as revealed exclusively in yesterday's SunSport. Now defender O'Shea is being tied down. His £80,000-a-week, four-year deal is modest compared with Rooney's £250,000 and it trails Evra's £100,000. But O'Shea, 29, will have no complaints. This third contract deal also lets United fans know the club will do all it can to fight off any raids from Manchester City. Old Trafford chief executive David Gill said: "We have a policy that wages should be 50 per cent or less of turnover. We believe we can do that and still retain and attract the stars we need. That's a sensible model. Clubs have other models. Each to their own.” Ferguson moved as O'Shea had just one year left of his contract. As well as Rooney, Evra and O'Shea, Anderson will also be getting a new deal.
Pat Sheehan, The Sun
Elsewhere, David Beckham believes Wayne Rooney made the right decision to stay at United and has described Sir Alex Ferguson as “the best manager in football.” The United legend, currently with LA Galaxy, told the Daily Star: “For me he was a father figure. When he brought me to the club he gave me the chance to play for a team that I adored and dreamt of playing for.”
The Daily Star also report sales of Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez replica United shirts have soared following the Mexican’s match-winning heroics against Stoke and Wolves. The striker, known affectionately as 'little pea' has gained cult hero status among fans after scoring three times in his last two appearances.