Sir Alex Ferguson

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has hailed the attitude of Latin American footballers and hinted he will look to acquire more players from the region in the future.

Despite early flops such as Kleberson and £28m signing Juan Sebastian Veron, Ferguson has continued signing players from Central and South America and found success as the likes of Antonio Valencia, Javier Hernandez, Anderson and Rafael da Silva have all contributed heavily to the Red Devils' dominance in the last few seasons.

"Our scouting there has increased. We've got an operative in Mexico, two in Brazil and four South American scouts now. We've done very well in Central and South America in the last two or three years," ESPN quoted the Scot as saying.

Chilean teenager Angelo Henriquez sealed a move to Old Trafford earlier this summer and Ferguson says the desire of players from these countries is the secret to their success.

"Quite frankly, they do produce. The South Americans love playing football, it's just in their blood. The three Brazilians - Anderson, Rafael and Fabio - love it and are first to training every morning. It's a breath of fresh air. Antonio Valencia is as tough as nails with great discipline about him. Chicharito has a fantastic attitude to playing and everything else. It's really good," Ferguson added.

Phil Jones Out for Two Months

United defender Phil Jones is set to be out of action for up to eight weeks after undergoing knee surgery. The 20 year old suffered the knee injury in training last week and has not featured for the Red Devils so far this season, after hurting his back during pre-season.

Phil Jones

"Phil Jones has had surgery on a knee meniscus tear sustained in training that will require six to eight weeks' rehabilitation," the Daily Mail quoted a United spokesman.

The former Blackburn Rovers star will now miss up to six Premier League games, including United's trips to Liverpool on 23 September and Chelsea on 28 October. He will also miss the first three Champions League group games.