Sir Alex Ferguson has pledged his support to Manchester United's midfield by singing the praises of Nani, Darren Fletcher and Park Ji Sung.

The Red Devils boss has been on the hunt for some new midfield magic, in the form of Wesley Sneijder, ever since Paul Scholes retired at the end of 2010-11, but had some reassuring words to offer to his current middle men, and even offered Park a new contract, ahead of Manchester United's Barclays Premier League title defence.

Nani, 24, was pushed to the sidelines by Valencia last year, but the Old Trafford boss said that the Portuguese winger will have an important role to play next year.

"Nani did really well the whole of last season, but (Antonio) Valencia came back and his form was so good it was difficult to leave him out of the team," said Ferguson.

"Nani is a good player and his personality is improving. We will be challenging next season and will play a lot of games.

"He was unfortunate not to be picked for the Champions League final, but he is still young and he is maturing all the time."


Meanwhile Darren Fletcher, 27, had been out of action with a long running virus, but Fergie was keen to insist that he'll be rejoining the squad soon.

"Darren's recovering from this virus he's had for quite a few months," he explained to media assembled in Chicago, the third stop on United's tour of USA.

"Sometimes viruses do take time. He's been into Carrington for the last few days and he's doing a weight programme at the moment. Hopefully by the time we get back he'll be rejoining us."

Lastly, Park Ji Sung, 30, who has workerd hard in his 117 appearances for the club, has been offered a two year extension to his current contract, which could see the Korean stay at Old Trafford until 2014.

"He's been offered a new contract, yes. I'm sure he'll sign it. His career at United has been nothing but excellent. He's a tremendous professional. I'm sure he'll accept a new offer and tie himself to the club for the next two years."

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