FERGIE TO REST VERON
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The former Lazio midfielder may sit out certain domestic fixtures as Ferguson rotates his squad again in order to maintain the sort of freshness that could ensure the Scot enjoys a glorious send-off as Old Trafford boss.
"I will have a team for the Champions League and the big fixtures in The Premiership, like Arsenal, Liverpool and Leeds and, at other times, I will change things around," said Ferguson.
"One thing I do know is that Juan Veron and Ruud van Nistelrooy will certainly be key players for us in Europe and, from time to time, Veron will need to take a breather.
"Maybe I'll also change the formation at certain times for some our Premiership games. I plan to experiment a little before the season starts.
"I want to see how we'd operate with three in the middle of the park or with Veron or Scholes moved forward into an attacking role.
"At times we will look like a different United but that should not alter what we are as a team or how effective we are.
"With Veron and Roy Keane in the middle for us we will be awesome, I'm sure.
"We've been through all the names over the years - Ronaldo, Rivaldo, Figo, Zidane. I've no regrets about missing out on those players but what we've done in this close season will work wonders for everyone connected with the club.
"I can't wait to see Veron wearing a red shirt at Old Trafford."
Ferguson has secured a £60,000-a-week wage for his final season in charge, ensuring he now earns more money than the top stars in the side, after the manager's accountant Alan Baines confirmed the fresh pay deal.
"We've clinched a deal for this coming season that gives Sir Alex a bigger salary than any first team stars such as Keane, Giggs, Beckham or even the new signing Veron," stated Baines.
Meanwhile, United continue to be linked with a move for Wigan Athletic's unsettled keeper Roy Carroll.
The highly-rated Northern Ireland international has been targeted to become Fabien Barthez's understudy next term.