Fergie still has Mikel hopes
By Adam Marshall. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Sir Alex Ferguson still believes John Obi Mikel can become a Manchester United player.
The Lyn Oslo star has been the subject of a furious tug-of-war between Chelsea and The Red Devils after United announced his signing last year, only for the midfielder to insist he wanted to join the champions instead.
Mikel again reiterated his desire to head for Stamford Bridge whilst shining for Nigeria in the African Cup of Nations but Ferguson is refusing to back down as he views the teenager as the perfect answer to his midfield problems.
"To be honest, we haven't heard a thing from Fifa," he complained to Sky Sports News.
"It's worrying us. Fifa said they would rely on the court decision and the court decision was in our favour.
"We've been back to Fifa and we've heard nothing.
"He's a marvellous player, a really fantastic player.
"I hope so," he said when asked if Mikel could still wear a red shirt rather than a blue one. "I think we have the right, without question.
"I think if you were to sit that boy down, away from all the pressure he's under, all the supposed threats he's had.
"You ask him who he wants to play for - it will be Manchester United.
"I really do believe that."