Fergie interest in Oxlade-Chamberlain
Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted he rates Southampton flyer Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain very highly, although the Manchester United manager refused to confirm whether the club was in the running for his signature.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has attracted praise from several quarters, with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger stating his admirations for the 17-year-old.
United travel to St Mary's on Saturday for their fourth round FA Cup clash and Chamberlain's performance is likely to be monitored closely by Ferguson.
"Yes the boy's got potential of course and he's only young," he said. "Southampton have done very well over the years bringing young players through. He's another one, along with Gareth Bale and Theo Walcott.
"Before that they had the Wallace brothers and Alan Shearer. They have been good at that [producing players]. They have done a lot right."
Meanwhile, Nigel Adkins is positive Southampton will fend off interest in the star during the January transfer window.
"I expect him to still be here on Tuesday after the transfer window has closed," Adkins said of the 17-year-old. "He is one of several very good players we have here and there's always speculation about talented players. We are not looking to sell him."
Adkins had words of warning for the player and his advisors, as he said: "Some players move on to bigger clubs and their potential is not always allowed to flourish."