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Sir Alex plays down Mesut Ozil link

Sir Alex Ferguson has played down suggestions that he is looking to sign Germany World Cup star Mesut Ozil for Manchester United.

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United have been linked with a move for the playmaker and speculation only grew when Ferguson was spotted watching Fulham's friendly against Ozil's Werder Bremen on Saturday.

But speaking after United defeated Chelsea 3-1 in the Community Shield at Wembley, Ferguson insisted he was merely scouting Fulham ahead of the Premier League meeting between the two clubs on August 22.

"I think he's interested a lot of teams but at this moment in time I trust the ones I've got," Ferguson told Sky Sports.

"I think people recognise the confidence we have in the younger players coming through at the club, and we'll definitely stick by that.

"We got to have a good look at Fulham. We've got them two weeks yesterday and under a new manager you always want to see what they're going to change."

Ferguson was pleased with United's performance at Wembley as goals from Antonio Valencia, Javier Hernandez and Dimitar Berbatov secured a promising 3-1 victory over Chelsea, who won the domestic Double last season under Carlo Ancelotti.

"It was a decent display and I'm very happy players such as Wayne Rooney, Michael Owen and Park Ji-sung are nearer match fitness," Ferguson said. "Some of the football was very good at times. I think we deserved to win it."

On Hernandez's goal, which saw the new signing kick the ball into his own face and in, Ferguson joked: "He'll not try it again - it was a quite peculiar goal. But he's quick to get in the box - he's a really good finisher. He's got a bubbly character and speaks good English. He's settled in very well."

Ferguson was also glowing in his praise of Paul Scholes, who produced a wonderful performance in midfield to signal that he is still capable of playing a vital role for United.

"This time last season, he's saying to himself, 'This is my last season' - and a lot of people thought that,'' Ferguson said. "It came across my mind also, simply because he's had a lot of injuries in his career. He keeps coming back; it's not easy to do that.

"It's a phenomenon that he goes out there, becomes man of the match, approaching his 36th birthday. He's just an incredible footballer."


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