Defender Ryan Shawcross has revealed Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is keeping tabs on him while he plays on-loan at Stoke City.

Shawcross, who is off contract in June, told The Sentinel: "Yes, he's been in touch by texting me a couple of times.

"He texted me after the first two league games against Cardiff and Charlton just to say well done and keep it up.

"It's definitely a boost to know he's watching out for me like that, but at the moment I'm just concerned with what happens to Stoke. Then we will see what happens at Christmas."