Fergie questions Carroll advice

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Sir Alex Ferguson believes goalkeeper Roy Carroll is being ill-advised by his management team.

The former Wigan Athletic shot-stopper is out of contract at the end of the season, and is stalling on putting pen-to-paper on a new deal at Old Trafford.

Ferguson is keen for Carroll to commit his future to the Premiership giants, but will not be held to ransom by the Northern Ireland international.

United have been linked with moves for Fulham's Edwin van der Sar and Middlesbrough's Mark Schwarzer, who are both out of contract next summer.

"It is one of those situations that is hard to understand," Ferguson told the Manchester Evening News.

"Players get advice from people but whether it is the best advice, I don't know.

"But the thing is if he walks through that door there are not many Manchester Uniteds waiting, that's for sure."

Meanwhile, The Red Devils have suffered a blow with the news that Brazilian midfielder Kleberson will be out of action for a month.

The former Atletico Paranaense ace collected an ankle injury in United's 1-0 Carling Cup win over rivals Arsenal on Wednesday.

While the injury is not as serious as initially feared, after being stretchered off, he will need to rest for between three to four weeks.