Fergie hints at departures
By Lewis Rutledge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Sir Alex Ferguson admits Alan Smith and Giuseppe Rossi could leave Man Utd.Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted that Alan Smith and Giuseppe Rossi could leave Manchester United.
Smith made a number of useful contributions towards the end of last season after returning from injury, while Giuseppe Rossi has long been tipped as a star of the future.
However, competition for places up front is already fierce at Old Trafford and United are hoping to bring in Carlos Tevez before the transfer window closes.
Ferguson has yet to make a decision on Smith or Rossi and is looking to keep his options for as long as possible, but he accepts it could be difficult to keep both players.
"We have had offers for Giuseppe, which puts us in a bit of a situation, while the quandary with Alan surrounds his long-term future and getting regular games," Ferguson explained.
"There is no doubt Alan did fantastically well for us when he came back last season.
"He gave the team a spiritual lift and because he is such a fighter, he was an inspiration to us. But he is 26 now and he wants regular football.
"I have to look at Manchester United in terms of how do we improve to get better. And when someone like Tevez comes along, it makes it difficult for people like Alan and Giuseppe in particular.
"The most important thing is that they are our players and we can make decisions when we like."
Parma are eager to sign Rossi after he impressed on loan there last season, while Middlesbrough are reportedly leading the chase for Smith.