Sir Alex Ferguson has repeatedly claimed that Ben Foster is good enough to be England’s number one and will be replacing Edwin Van der Sar when he retires. Problem is, he doesn’t back up these claims with actions, with Tomasz Kuszczak getting more and more game time at Foster’s expense.

Ferguson recently claimed that we were not looking at signing the impressive young keeper, Igor Akinfeev. But today reports have emerged linking United to Shalke’s 23-year-old keeper, Manuel Neuer, after his agent, Thomas Kroth, said we had shown an interest.

“We know Manchester United are interested in Neuer,” Kroth told Sport Bild. “Manuel would also like to play with a team that has a better international level.”

Agent bullshit? Or genuine story?