Last updated : 20 January 2004 By editor
"I don't think Nicky will leave immediately - and he may not leave at all," said Ferguson.

"I had a good chat with the lad and understand his frustrations. It’s not an easy one considering the service he has given this club. He has been fairly regular in the team over the years but Phil Neville's form has been absolutely marvellous. It’s difficult to handle that part when one player has emerged as well as Phil has, and another has given you the service Nicky has given you. At the moment, it's difficult to say whether we have the cover for Roy Keane without Nicky. Eric Djemba-Djemba is not back until 24 February, and I have given Kleberson a little break back in Brazil for a week."