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Sniffer tells Leeds ace Beckford to shoot down Man Utd

Leeds United legend Allan Clarke is convinced Jermaine Beckford can shock Manchester United in tomorrow's FA Cup blockbuster.

'Sniffer' bagged 110 goals in 273 games in nine golden years with Leeds after joining for a then British record fee of £165,000 from Leicester City in 1969.

Clarke last night geed up 19-goal striker Beckford by insisting: "What greater incentive could there be for any player than be hailed as the man who KO'd United in the Cup?

"I know enough about this game to spot a born goalscorer a mile off - and Jermaine definitely falls into that category.

"You can pay fortunes for great defenders and midfielders but, when a natural goal-grabber comes along, they will always fetch the biggest money.

"I know people make comparisons between Jermaine and me because of our records, but I don't see it. If anything, Jermaine reminds me of Andy Cole. Andy was never afraid to fluff a chance because he always believed he'd put away the next one. Jermaine is the same, he has that self-belief.

"That goes a long way towards making him a natural goalscorer and his stock will rise sky-high if he does the business against Fergie's boys - and I can see that happening."

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