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Wednesday, 12 January, 2000, 09:37 GMT
Fergie 'happy' with Brazil display

Quinton Fortune: "Great feet, good balance"

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has said his side would relish the opportunity to play in the next World Club Championship, despite a disappointing performance in Brazil.

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He said he was "quite happy" with United's performance in their final group match against Australians South Melbourne, which Manchester won 2-0.

"We could maybe have done better, but the place is empty and we're not used to playing in front of no people," said Ferguson, referring to the tiny crowd that turned out for the match at the Maracana Stadium in Rio.

Sir Alex Ferguson in Brazil Sir Alex Ferguson: "We're not used to playing in front of no people"
"We'll be in the next one and depending on the venue, if it's done at the right time of year and with the proper preparation it could be something special."

Ferguson reserved special praise for young striker Quinton Fortune, who scored both of Manchester United's goals against South Melbourne.

Describing the South African's performance as "excellent, superb", the United manager said: "He got off to a bad start with an ankle injury when he first arrived.

Brazilian fans back Beckham David Beckham's England place is safe
"But he has great feet, good balance, he's a good crosser of the ball and as we saw tonight he can get a goal, so I'm very pleased for Quinton."

Meanwhile, England manager Kevin Keegan reassured midfielder David Beckham that his sending off in the tournament will not affect his place in the team for Euro 2000.

"When David comes into the England environment he's a model professional, he's a winner - there's no doubt about that - and it's stating the obvious to say that he's a tremendous talent," he said.

"His performances for England, certainly in my time in charge, have been excellent but I think there is still room for improvement there for Manchester United and England."

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