Man Utd boss Ferguson maintains watching brief for Wigan's McCarthy

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is monitoring James McCarthy's form at Wigan Athletic this season.

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is monitoring James McCarthy's form at Wigan Athletic this season.

Ferguson is a big fan of the youngster and sees him as the type of box-to-box midfielder his squad is lacking.

McCarthy has also been linked with a £10 million move to Chelsea, though Ferguson's friendship with Wigan chairman Dave Whelan could swing any deal in his favour.

Ferguson isn't expected to make a serious move for McCarthy until next summer, though his plans could be brought forward if he can find a buyer for Anderson.

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