Europe South Asia Asia Pacific Americas Middle East Africa BBC Homepage World Service Education
BBC Homepagelow graphics version | feedback | help
BBC News Online
 You are in: In Depth: 99: World Club Championship
Front Page 
World 
UK 
UK Politics 
Business 
Sci/Tech 
Health 
Education 
Sport 
Entertainment 
Talking Point 
In Depth 
AudioVideo 
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.

World Club Championship
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."

Search BBC News Online

Advanced search options
Launch console
BBC RADIO NEWS
BBC ONE TV NEWS
WORLD NEWS SUMMARY
PROGRAMMES GUIDE
World Club Championship Contents


See also:
11 Jan 00 |  World Club Championship
Vasco move in on final
11 Jan 00 |  World Club Championship
Corinthians creep into final
10 Jan 00 |  World Club Championship
Surreal win for eight-man Real
09 Jan 00 |  World Club Championship
World Club Championship tables
05 Jan 00 |  World Club Championship
World Club Championship results
11 Jan 00 |  World Club Championship
Man Utd: Take us seriously
09 Jan 00 |  Manchester United
No regrets for Ferguson
08 Jan 00 |  Manchester United
Man Utd's world title bid demolished
09 Jan 00 |  Football
Necaxa stay on track

Internet links:

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites
Links to other World Club Championship stories are at the foot of the page.


Links to more World Club Championship stories