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Dhaka Tribune

United legend Irwin looks forward to Bangladesh’s football future

Update : 21 Aug 2013, 08:01 PM

Manchester United legend Denis Irwin was in Dhaka yesterday to inaugurate the 2nd season of Airtel Rising Stars yet his visit lacked the hype of that by Bryan Robson and Dwight Yorke’s last year.During his very short visit which ends today, Irwin gave less than 10 minutes to the media where he spoke about his time with Sir Alex Ferguson, new coach David Moyes, want-away striker Wayne Rooney, potential United’s targets and Airtel Rising stars.

The most asked questions by United fans was if Rooney would stay. “I hope so. David Moyes says that he is staying and he is certainly doesn’t want to sell him to his biggest rivals. He has been injured in pre-season and came on against Swansea this weekend. I hope to see Rooney playing for Manchester United for long time,”

Playing under Ferguson from 1990-2002, Irwin admitted that Sir Alex is the best ever manager he has ever met. “He (Fergie) is a fantastic manager. 26 and half years he won plenty of trophies. I played for him 12 years, certainly my best time as footballer, I utterly enjoyed that. Pleasure to work under him,”

The 47-year-old also talked about Fergie’s successor David Moyes.“He had a fantastic job at Everton where he managed it for 11 years. He’s got off to a good start by beating Swansea. He already won his first trophy of community shield winning over Wigan. I hope he will continue well,”

Last year in his column for Sunday World, Irwin was among the first pundits to reveal United's interest in Robin van Persie last year, and claimed the club are desperate to bring Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas to Old Trafford this summer. While Fabregas’ fell flat a while ago and a recent bid for Everton duo Fellaini and Baines rejected, Irwin said they are ready to welcome any addition.

“He (Moyes) always looks to improve the team and the squad. It’s well documented that we had a couple of bids, Fabregas turned down. It’s pretty hard to get top players to move at this stage. Any player that comes in will be welcome addition because it’s a long hard season at Manchester United,”

Meanwhile, Irwin termed ‘Airtel rising stars’ project as “Fantastic effort”. “We have been highly enthusiastic after the success of the previous Airtel Rising Stars program in Bangladesh and we had the pleasure of working closely with a number of extremely talented players. With an ever growing fan base of Manchester United in Bangladesh, we are hopeful to see equally talented, if not more, individuals this year too,”

“Hopefully one day, you get a player from Bangladesh (in the English premier league). Because it is truly a global league where so many different nationality players from all over the world play,”

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