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Monday, June 16, 2008

Ole gears up for new role

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will face his first match as manager of United's Reserves in a pre-season friendly at Burscough on July 12.

The former first team striker will team up with Warren Joyce to steer the Reds' second string next season.

Three preparatory matches have been arranged to get Solskjaer's young side ready for the Lancashire Senior Cup final against Liverpool on July 30.

After the Reds take on Burscough at Victoria Park, they travel to Altrincham's Moss Lane on July 19 and face Oxford United a week later at the Kassam Stadium.

All three matches are Saturday, 3pm kick-offs, and precede the Reds' cup final date with Liverpool at the County Ground in Leyland.

Victory over the Merseysiders will give United a cup Double for the 2007/08 campaign, having clinched the Manchester Senior Cup last month at Old Trafford.

Heat on for No 1 jersey

He may be yet to kick - or catch - a ball in anger at Cardiff City, but Tom Heaton is already thinking ahead to life as United's first choice goalkeeper.

The 22-year-old England youth international has joined the Bluebirds on loan for the entire 2008/09 campaign, and he sees the move as a stepping stone towards a bright future at Old Trafford.

"It would mean everything to become Manchester United’s number one,” Heaton told the official Cardiff website. "As soon as I first signed and started to play for United at under-12 level that was the goal I set out to achieve.

"Nothing has changed since then. My move to Cardiff City is another step towards that target – and it is in the back of my mind all the time."

Heaton had several offers from clubs wanting to take him on loan but, after a season in which Cardiff reached the FA Cup final and had been well placed for the Championship playoffs, he opted to head for south Wales.

"All things considered it was decided that Cardiff City offered the best opportunity for me," said Heaton. "They have huge ambition to challenge for promotion next season and they play good football.

"They are two of the main reasons I was keen to sign for Cardiff. First and foremost my aim is to be number one. I need to be playing. I talked to the manager (Dave Jones) and chairman (Peter Ridsdale) and there is no doubt the whole club is geared towards promotion and I am certainly no different."

Reds back in for Berbatov

Sir Alex Ferguson will go all out to sign Dimitar Berbatov when the United boss returns from holiday. Fergie is ready to go back to Tottenham with a £25million bid — the same amount he offered in a doomed attempt to capture the Bulgarian striker last summer. That cash is still available to Fergie, who has been on a break in France. United have also banked another £32m for winning the Champions League. Around £20m has been earmarked for making Carlos Tevez’s transfer permanent. Spurs are ready to sell Berbatov, 27, after bringing in Croatia’s Luka Modric and Mexican Giovani Dos Santos. And agent Emil Dantchev insists Berbatov must be playing in the Champions League.
Neil Custis, The Sun