Date: 13th June 2007 at 10:56am
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Alan Smith wants to stay at Manchester United but only if he’s told he’s needed.

The fiery Yorkshireman is linked with moves to Tottenham, West Ham, Villa and Sunderland but first of all he wants assurances from Old Trafford.

‘If they are going to sell me, I’d like to know. But I won’t find out unless I get to speak to the manager,’ Smith told The Sun.

‘If you’re no longer wanted, then you have to consider your options.’

That’s fair and square so far. However, Smith wishes to get something he’s never good enough to get: a regular first-team place.

‘I want to be out there from the start,’ he stated but he can’t possibly imagine he’d have a starting berth next season? I always thought of Smith as someone who is ready to wait for his chance and who knows that he’s not good enough for a regular place in the starting line-up.

His next line does ease my concerns about his attitude, though.

‘If the manager tells me he wants me, I’m there for him. If he says he doesn’t, it’s time to move on.’

Good. With Saha’s injury, I say that keep Smith as a backup. Bring back Rossi and buy another striker and we’ll be fine. Fergie, with hands on his heart, can tell Smith he needs him.

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