AGENT: UNITED BACK ON ENKE TRAIL
By Philip Seery. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
THE agent of Robert Enke, Jorg Neblung, has claimed that the Benfica goalkeeper could be set for a transfer to stumbling Premiership Champions Manchester United.
The German custodian, 24, is out-of-contract in the summer and is keen to join a big European club with The Red Devils now seemingly fitting the bill.
United have been linked with Enke before but the talented keeper was put off by the prospect of playing second fiddle to Barthez but the Frenchman's displays this season may mean that would no longer be the case.
"Robert wouldn't got there in the past as he didn't want to be second choice, but United are still keen and it is no secret they have problems right now," Neblung told the Express.
Those 'problems' surround French World Cup winner Fabien Barthez who has come under fire for a series of costly howlers in The Premiership and Champions League.
With the inexperienced Roy Carroll as Barthez's understudy there is little competition for the ex-Monaco star to contend with at present and coach Sir Alex Ferguson may move for former Borussia Monchengladbach shot-stopper Enke to solve his goalkeeping dilemma.
Meanwhile, Ferguson has confirmed that the knee injury to Wes Brown will not sideline him for the season, as first feared.
"He'll have an examination on Thursday although it's not as serious as first thought," said the Scottish supremo.
"It is his medial ligaments and I think he will be out for six weeks to two months."
The injury problems of The Red Devils have been compounded with the news that Gary Neville picked up a groin injury in Wednesday's 3-0 Champions League win over Boavista and Laurent Blanc suffering a broken nose.