Only one topic has darkened Sir Alex Ferguson's mood in recent weeks and, even as the Manchester United manager basked in the warmth of an uplifting victory in the FA Community Shield, the issue of Gabriel Heinze raised its ugly head. Heinze is due to report to pre-season training today after spending the past five weeks agitating for a controversial move to Liverpool and it was a mark of
"You never know,"
Heinze, for his part, has indicated that he will be present, but his priority is less on building bridges than with reinforcing his desire to become the first senior United player to join
"Like a professional, I will go to work in
So, too, is the Premier League, which Heinze's representatives have asked to mediate while his solicitors ponder taking the matter to court. Their case is based on a letter from David Gill, the United chief executive, which authorised the player's agent, Roberto Rodriguez, to hawk him to other clubs at a price of £6.8 million.