Fergie hints at Swiss scouting

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Sir Alex Ferguson has hailed Swiss football's production line ahead of Manchester United's clash with FC Basel.

United take on the Swiss title holders at Old Trafford on Tuesday night as matchday two of the Champions League gets underway.

Basel currently sit top of Group C after the opening round of fixtures, while United are after their first win of the continental campaign following a draw with Benfica two weeks ago.

United will be without Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez for the encounter with Basel who, says Ferguson, are not to be underestimated.

Thorsten Fink's side have among their number exciting youngsters Xherdan Shaqiri and Valentin Stocker - both of whom have been linked with moves to the Barclays Premier League.

It is then, comments Ferguson, little wonder that many clubs have scouts monitoring the talent in Switerzland.


“For quite a few years now, Switzerland has been producing some good young players, like Philippe Senderos (Fulham’s former Arsenal defender) and they got to the final of the Under-21 Championships last year," said the United boss.

"A lot of clubs are now scouting in the country.

"Basel are one of the premier teams in Switzerland, obviously, and they have some good experience. They have been in Europe quite a few times so we'll respect that.”

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