Ferguson rules out Akinfeev swoop

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has insisted he will not be making a bid for CSKA Moscow goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev.

The 23-year-old Russian international continues to be linked with a move to Old Trafford as a replacement for Edwin van der Sar, who may hang up his boots at the end of the season.

Akinfeev did his chances of sealing a switch to the Premier League champions no harm at all in the side's 3-3 Champions League draw on Tuesday night, pulling off a string of saves to deny the Red Devils, only to see Antonio Valencia's deflected injury-time effort fly past him and deny CSKA an upset.

But although United supremo Ferguson was quick to praise Akinfeev's heroics after the match, he revealed he is not in the market for a new shot-stopper, with both Ben Foster and Tomasz Kuszczak able deputies to Van der Sar.

"It is only rumour. We are not showing any interest in him," he said.

“We are happy with our goalkeeping situation at the moment and wouldn't be looking for another one.

“We wouldn’t be interested, but I have to say he is a fantastic goalkeeper.

“He is athletic, with a powerful build, and his distribution his good.

“He really saved CSKA from a big defeat against us. He made one very good save in the first half and four I think in the second half. He was outstanding.”

Akinfeev is just one of many goalkeepers to be linked with a move to United in recent weeks, with Schalke stopper Manuel Neuer, Sporting glove-man Rui Patricio, Lazio custodian Fernando Muslera, Bayer Leverkusen 'keeper Rene Adler and Juventus stalwart Gianluigi Buffon all reportedly on Sir Alex's shortlist.