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Keane On Ferguson

Coventry City striker Robbie Keane today refused to be drawn into a war of words with Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson.

Ferguson said in the summer that he would only pay around 500,000 for the 19-year-old who cost Coventry 6 million from Wolves last week.

Keane made a mockery of that valuation by slamming two goals on his debut for the Sky Blues and tomorrow has the chance to make the Old Trafford boss re-evaluate his judgement.

But if Keane had revenge on his mind today, he wasn’t letting it show as he prepared for his second Highfield Road outing in four days.

He said:

"I have tried not to read the papers in the last year or so because of the speculation over my future. I respect Alex Ferguson for what he has achieved down the years and don’t want to comment on this business.

"It is every young player’s ambition to play against the likes of Manchester United and I am no different."

Manager Gordon Strachan looks set to recall Steve Froggatt. The former Wolves and Villa winger, who played alongside Keane at Molineux, linked up well with his former team mate in the win over Derby County.

He is likely to replace the suspended David Burrows, who misses the game after his sending off against Leicester.

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There are still tickets available for City’s clash with treble winners United at Highfield Road.

The tickets are being sold as a part of a two-match package along with seats for the game against Watford on 31 October.

The ticket office was busy after Saturday’s 2-0 win over Derby Country and the club are hopeful of a full house to see the clash of the Keanes

Coventry’s Robbie and United’s Roy both netted twice at the weekend to earn victories.

Ticket office manager Jamie Roberts said:

"The result on Saturday was good news for everyone and that was reflected in the ticket office after the game.

"We are hopeful of selling out but would advise anyone interested in coming to the game to buy their tickets sooner rather than later. We are expected to be busy today and tomorrow."

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Staying Up by Rick Gekoski

CWN / Sport / Football / Coventry City FC / 24 Aug 99

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