Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has been quick to pay tribute to German stopper Ron-Robert Zieler.

The 22-year-old made his international debut in the 3-3 draw against Ukraine last week, earning a place in Joachim Löw's side after some fine form at Hannover 96.

It was Ferguson who helped the stopper make the move back to Germany after his release from Manchester United in 2010, and it's news that delighted the Scot following Zieler's injury problems at Old Trafford.

"That’s fantastic. I must send him a message," said the Red Devils chief on hearing the news.

"He got an injury here in the reserves and was out for about eight months. Unfortunately, when he came back, Ben Amos had jumped ahead of him in the pecking order. I'm really pleased to hear this news, though. I'm glad he's doing well.

“We helped Ron-Robert orchestrate his move to Hannover. We had a scout over there at the time and I gave him a call. He then came across, spoke to Ron and got the Hannover coach across to Manchester to watch him train.

"They were happy to take him and we were delighted to organise that move for him. He's since come on leaps and bounds and is obviously doing fantastically. He always worked hard and he's a very nice lad."

Manchester United have since added other goalkeepers to their ranks, with Anders Lindegaard and David de Gea now challenging for first team honours at the club.

And, whilst Zieler's time at Manchester United didn't go how he would have hoped, things have worked for the best for the talented Germand.

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