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Jeremy Cross writes in the Daily Star...
We'll never find another Fergie
Sir Bobby Charlton has delivered a snub to Jose Mourinho by insisting no-one is good enough to replace Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United. Sir Bobby’s remark has dealt a blow to the Self-styled ‘Special One’, who is seen as most people’s favourite to succeed Fergie at Old Trafford. Fergie, 69, is recognised as the greatest boss in British football following his stunning haul of trophies during his 24-year stint in charge of the champions. Charlton is dreading the day the Scot retires and forces United to find a replacement. He said: “The record of 19 league titles goes down purely to Alex Ferguson. It would not have been possible without him that’s for sure. He is the epitome of everything that is good about Manchester United and the ethos of this club. He knows the game inside out. The reason everybody performs to their best is that he is in control, not just of his staff and the first team, but the whole of the club.”
In transfer news, many of today’s papers claim United will not sign Wesley Sneijder from Inter Milan, despite intense speculation linking the Reds with a move for the Dutch midfielder. The Guardian states United are unwilling to meet Sneijder’s wage demands, which are said to be too excessive.
Elsewhere, Roberto Martinez has tipped Tom Cleverley for a starting role at Old Trafford. The Wigan manager, who took the Reds midfielder on a season-long loan last term, was unrelenting in his praise for the Reds youngster in an interview with The Express: “With his technical ability, he could have been brought up in Holland or Spain.”