Rio Ferdinand thanks former United coach for signing Champions League opponent

Kostas Mitroglou will no longer be playing against Manchester United in the Champions League after signing for Fulham.

We brought you the news this morning that Greek media were certain that Kostas Mitroglou would be signing for Fulham today - with the interest from West Ham said to be falling on deaf ears.

The Greek international striker has previously been linked with the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund - but Fulham boss Rene Meulensteen has got his man for a fee in the region of £12 million.

The news is going to be greeted with pleasure at The Cottage - as he certainly seems like more of a rumbustious and rough and ready striker than Dimitar Berbatov, one more built for the Premier League survival battle.

Berbatov is in Monaco - so the goals will now have to come from Mitroglou, who has scored 17 goals in 19 games for the Greek powerhouse this season.

Three of those goals have come in the Champions League - and in his career at the club he has chalked up an impressive record in European competition of 12 goals in 36 appearances - so he is no slouch when it comes to football on the continent.

Interestingly enough, his move now means he will not be charged with bagging goals against a Premier League team in the Champions League.

Mitroglou would have faced up against Manchester United in February and March - and would have been hoping to cause a shock for David Moyes.

So it seems a man who once worked under his predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson has done them a favour. Meulensteen was at United in a coaching capacity between 2001-2006 and 2007-2013 and one of his former players has thanked him from taking away their greatest threat….


However Rio, don’t get too comfortable.

Mitroglou might, if he is fit, show what he is worth at Old Trafford on the 9th February.

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