February 22, 2011

United and City battle for Jack Rodwell

Manchester United and Manchester City are set to go head-to-head in a battle to land Everton’s England Under-21 midfielder Jack Rodwell.

Sir Alex Ferguson sees Rodwell, who’ll be 20 next month, as a perfect addition to his stock of young players and he has been identified as someone who could take on part of the responsibility of replacing Paul Scholes.

The veteran Reds star has yet to decide whether to stay on at Old Trafford for a further 12 months like Ryan Giggs has just done or retire like his other Class of ‘92 buddy Gary Neville. Whether it is this summer or next, Fergie is keen to find a player who could tick the boxes as Scholes’ successor.

Rodwell is more of a defensive engine room player, who also has the potential to play centre back, but he has also proved he has an attacking side to his game, scoring against United last season in a 3-1 win at Goodison Park and is also two-footed.

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