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No desperate situation for Man Utd: Ferguson

Manchester United is yet to make a single purchase, but Ferguson claims there is no need to break into sweat.
None | By Agence France-Presse, London
UPDATED ON JUL 27, 2006 03:25 PM IST

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson claimed there was no desperate situation at the club though they have yet to make a single purchase this season.

Ferguson, who has flown up to Glasgow with an extremely young squad for Wednesday's friendly with Celtic, insists he is not panicking over a lack of new signings.

United have yet to make a single purchase this summer, with Atletico Madrid forward Fernando Torres ruling out a move to England on Wednesday.

Tottenham midfielder Michael Carrick continues to be linked with United but Ferguson is unwilling to pay the 17 million pounds (24.9 million euros) Spurs are believed to want for the England midfield player.

"We are working on certain things," said Ferguson. "Of course, people are trying to make out we are in a desperate situation. That is far from the case. If I was to start the season with the players I have now, all fully fit, I would not be disappointed."

And wantaway striker Ruud van Nistelrooy has yet to complete a deal with either Real Madrid or Bayern Munich.

The Holland forward is desperate to leave Manchester United following his bust-up with Ferguson at the end of last season.

Van Nistelrooy has already handed in a written transfer request and had hoped to have sealed a move away from Old Trafford by now.

Instead, with United holding out for a 15 million-pound transfer fee, the 30-year-old was forced to return to training on Monday.

And, while the odds are still on van Nistelrooy leaving before the new season gets under way against Fulham on August 20, Ferguson was impressed by the Dutchman's hunger in training.

"At this moment in time Ruud is still a Manchester United player," said the United boss. "Without question, he did very well in training yesterday. He showed a good attitude, which is good."

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