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Man Utd boss Ferguson: We have close relationship with Sporting Lisbon

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed they have a very close relationship with tonight's Champions League opponents Sporting Lisbon.

He said: "As most people know, we have had a marvellous relationship with Sporting Lisbon for many years now. I think they have a fantastic youth programme and it's one I admire.

"Our coaches have been over to see their Academy and vice versa... we bought Cristiano Ronaldo some years ago and this year we bought Nani. Those two players are a great indication of how successful they are at youth level."

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