Alex: Rossi has Lineker touch
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Sir Alex Ferguson reckons Giuseppe Rossi reminds him of Gary Lineker.
Sir Alex Ferguson believes Giuseppe Rossi's goal in the 2-0 win against Hong Kong was reminiscent of Gary Lineker in his prime.
The Manchester United manager clearly believes Rossi is an out-and-out goalscorer and is enthusiastic about the potential of last season's top marksman in the reserves.
"It was a typical goalscorer's goal," he told MUTV. "It bounced off his belly, I think, but he was there to meet it.
"A lot of goalscorers in the game score goals like that; you think of Gary Lineker, that type of player. He's got great potential, the boy."
The other goalscorer, Dong Fangzhuo, drew praise from the manager as did Alan Smith and Edwin van der Sar.
"We've had him [Dong] for a couple of years now, he's been at Antwerp, as you know, but we hope he develops and progresses," stated Ferguson.
"The important thing will be if we can get him into the country with a work permit. You've seen today, as we've known for a while, he's a very useful player with good potential; he's strong with a good head on him and it was a well-taken goal.
"I thought Smith was superb today; he created great spirit within the team, kept encouraging players and cajoling them. In essence, it was a very good performance. I am going to do that [play him in midfield throughout the tour].
"Van der Sar made a good save. He did well and his encouragement and experience at the back is proving very important."
Ferguson was satisfied with the overall performance in Hong Kong's National Stadium.
"I think it was useful," he added. "We played some fantastic football in the first half, but it was like a replay of the cup final with the chances we missed.
"We had a lot of chances. We didn't play as good football in the second half but it was nice to win it.
"We'll change the team around a little bit as we can only use six substitutes in Beijing."