Rossi to stay at United
By Lewis Rutledge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Giuseppe Rossi will stay at Manchester United for the rest of the season.
Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that Giuseppe Rossi will stay at Manchester United for the rest of the season.
Rossi has just returned to Old Trafford from a four-month spell with Newcastle, but speculation had suggested he could be loaned out to Sunderland until the summer.
However, Ferguson has decided to keep Rossi to aid United's title push.
"I don't see why we should let anyone go who is going to be useful to us," Ferguson explained.
"The run-in could be full of all sorts of pitfalls. We want to be prepared for it and we want to be able to handle it all, so it is good to get Giuseppe back."
Rossi only made a few appearances for Newcastle but Ferguson believes he benefited from his time at St James' Park.
"He has great talent, which is why we let him go to Newcastle. And even though he did not have a lot of games, he still comes back to us with a bit more experience and a bit of quality," he said.
Rossi's return, together with the arrival of Henrik Larsson on loan, will boost United's string options, but Ferguson feels Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's return to form after three injury-plagued seasons has been crucial in the first half of the season.
"Ole is a 100 percent bonus for us this season," said Ferguson.
"You have to be concerned about anyone who has been out for that length of time, but he is such a determined lad and he has handled his rehabilitation with absolutely perfect consideration and care for himself.
"He has been really attentive to everything we have done with him. He is just a great professional."