Boss’ King expectations
Sir Alex Ferguson expects Joshua King to have a “good career” after the Norwegian scored his first goal at international level in Cyprus this week.
The lightning-quick forward has impressed for his country and at Under-21 level this term and has been praised for his efforts in training and determination to hone his talents.
“Joshua King has done very well,” enthused the boss. “We get mixed fortunes when players go on loan – Federico Macheda had a nightmare twice when he went to Sampdoria and then QPR with a change of manager just as he arrived. And then, with Josh, he didn’t play much at Mönchengladbach last year and came back to us.
“He did really well in pre-season and has been working really hard. He’s shown he has good ability. He won the penalty for Norway and scored the third goal and that’s bound to have given him a boost. He’s very quick with a great physique and he should have a good career.”
King is one of a number of striking options open to Sir Alex, which helps explain why Michael Owen was released and allowed to join Saturday’s opponents Stoke City.
“Michael is a fantastic player,” stated the manager. “With us having the opportunity to sign Robin van Persie at the time and Chicharito and Danny Welbeck improving and developing as players, plus Wayne Rooney of course, and then young strikers like Macheda, Will Keane, King and Bebe it was difficult to hold on to Michael.
“Also for Michael’s own benefit in terms of playing more regularly. He’s a brilliant professional and a top man and I was disappointed to let him go.”
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