Friday, September 04, 2009

Fergie pins hopes on Obertan

Sir Alex has revealed he expects big things from Gabriel Obertan when the youngster returns from injury in the near future.
The 20-year-old arrived at Old Trafford in the summer from Bordeaux for a fee of around £3million and despite many people believing ‘he was one for the future’ Fergie obviously thinks otherwise.
The France Under-21 winger is currently sidelined with a back problem but the United chief believes Obertan will be back in action within six weeks and ready to make an impact on their Premier League odds.
“Gabriel has had a spine problem, but I think he’ll be back in about a month to six weeks’ time,” Ferguson told Inside United magazine.
“We’re taking our time with him because we want him back and at 100 per cent. He’s very quick, he can play both sides or through the middle and he brings a real versatility to us.
“At 16 he was one of the outstanding young talents in Europe, and he’s said to us that over this last year and a half he’s been playing with this back injury and no-one thought about getting a scan. We expect big things from him. He’s a nice boy, speaks good English and should have no problem settling in.”
Obertan ended last season on loan to Lorient, where he scored one goal in 15 appearances and made only six starts.
However, he was named the most valuable player at the Toulon youth tournament earlier in the year and scored against Stuart Pearce’s England Under-21s football team.

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