Sir Alex Ferguson praises Manchester United Brazilians
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has praised the attitude of club's Brazilian players, explaining that they have influenced his decision to look further into South America.
Over the past few years, the Red Devils have had a substantial Brazilian presence with twin defenders Fábio and Rafael da Silva, along with midfielder Anderson, leading the charge.
The club has also developed strong links with São Paulo based academy side Desportivo Brasil, a move that they hope will come to fruition in the coming seasons.
"Our scouting there has increased," Ferguson told the club's official Inside United magazine. "We've got an operative in Mexico, two in Brazil and four South American scouts now.
"Quite frankly, they do produce. You see Antonio Valencia - he's as tough as nails with great discipline about him. The South Americans love playing football, it's just in their blood.
"The three Brazilians - Anderson, Rafael and Fabio - love it and are first to training every morning. It's a breath of fresh air.
"Chicharito [Hernandez] has a fantastic attitude to playing and everything else. It's really good. So we've done very well in Central and South America in the last two or three years."
Besides those mentioned, Manchester United have recently turned to South America once more, signing highly rated Chilean forward Angelo Henriquez, as well as falling short in an attempt to secure the signature of Brazil forward Lucas Moura.