Alex Ferguson dismissed claims that Manchester United signed a teenage player after paying large sums of money to his parents.

United was accused by the president of French club Le Havre, Jean-Pierre Louvel, of having poached 16-year-old midfielder Paul Pogba by offering euro200,000 and a house to his parents.

“I can assure you that Manchester United have behaved absolutely correctly in all their dealings with young players and their parents,” Ferguson said. “There has never been a case, ever, that we have paid parents. It would be crazy to even contemplate. This was levelled at us by some frustrated director at the French club and he’s now going to have to retract.”

The dispute comes after Chelsea was banned from making any transfers until 2011 as punishment for persuading French teenager Gael Kakuta to break his contract with French side Lens. But without any foundation, without any knowledge of the situation whatsoever.

Ferguson also said Rio Ferdinand could be fit for United’s match at Tottenham on Saturday, while John O’Shea could miss the match because of a calf injury sustained while on international duty with Ireland.

“Rio has been in training this week and has a got a chance for Saturday,” Ferguson said. “O’Shea has not trained. He came back with a calf injury from Ireland’s game in Cyprus and is doubtful for Saturday so we will see what he’s like.”

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