United won't panic buy
By Patrick Goss
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
United look to have now sold two of their most well-known players, in David Bechham and now Veron, but Kenyon insists that new arrival Eric Djemba-Djemba and impending new-face Kleberson can fill the gaps.
Veron is finalising his move to Chelsea, with talks ongoing on Wednesday night, and he is expected to complete his move before the end of the week.
"It was a footballing decision," Kenyon told the Manchester Evening News.
"We got an offer and the price was eventually acceptable.
"It is all part and parcel of restructuring the team and ultimately balancing what we think we need for next season.
"In light of other players we have got we felt we should take the offer from Chelsea and do other things with the team.
"We've got Kleberson coming, subject to work permit, who'll fill that role.
"The sentiment here is that it is a just decision with the football side and the value being right.
"There is no suggestion that there is any other rationale."
Sir Alex Ferguson insisted that selling Veron removed one potential problem - having too many midfielders.
"It's always difficult to let good players go," the Red Devils manager told MUtv.
"When the first opportunity concerning Juan Sebastian Veron and Chelsea came up, I initiated the interest in Klebersen because I felt Klebersen was one for the future and in the long term was good for Manchester United.
"The initial response from Chelsea was that they didn't come back and we carried on with the Klebersen deal.
"The situation was we had a choice of central midfield players and then when another offer came in for Seba we decided to take it.
"I think there would have been problems ahead with the players in midfield."