Manchester United are planning a summer move for midfielder Juan Fernando Quintero, according to the Mail. The Premier League champions scouted the player in January, when he was at the South America U20 Championships. Quintero led Colombia to the title and scored five goals en route.
The Scot is likely to be targeting Quintero as long-term replacement for Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs, both of whom are nearly 40-years-old and unlikely to be first team players at Old Trafford for much longer. In addition, Ferguson may also lose Anderson and Nani, despite his comments to the contrary. And the continued illness plaguing Darren Fletcher leaves only Michael Carrick and Tom Cleverley as central midfield options.
Quintero is presently on loan to Serie A side Pescara but his parent club, Atlético Nacional, have reportedly also fielded interest Italian giants Inter Milan and Juventus.
Ferguson on Chelsea Defeat
Meanwhile, Ferguson believes his players were too complacent in Sunday's game against Chelsea. United were beaten 1-0 at home after a late and deflected strike from Juan Mata. The win for Rafael Benitez's side keeps them in third in the league and in pole position to qualify for the Champions League next term.
"There was no edge but I think Chelsea were the better team. Training was fine this week and there was a nice edge to it, but today it was missing. [Being champions] has a lot to do with it," he explained to the club's Web site.
"It's been a long season for the players and their final really big effort was last week against Arsenal. Chelsea's goal was a bit lucky as it deflected off Phil Jones, but it was late in the game... not a lot we could do about it," the 71-year-old added.
David Luiz - Rafael Red Card
Finally, the United boss also spoke out on the incident involving the Blues' Brazilian defender David Luiz and his compatriot, Rafael. Luiz appeared to have elbowed Rafael, who retaliated and was shown the red card his action.
"The referee was bought by the fact Luiz rolled about. He actually elbowed Rafael twice but you know what happens when a player retaliates: he's always punished more," Ferguson concluded.