Striker plays down Blackpool move talk

Manchester United's Mame Biram Diouf
Manchester United's Mame Biram Diouf
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SENEGAL striker Mame Biram Diouf says he wants to stay at Manchester United - and has scotched talk of a move to Blackpool.

Diouf scored for United in the seven-goal hammering of Seattle Sounders on their tour of the United States and then spoke about his future.

There had been some suggestion before United’s tour that Diouf would not be involved due to interest from Blackpool.

However, the Senegal youngster, who was recommended to United by legendary striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, insists his only focus has been on the Red Devils.

Diouf said: “I never heard anything about that (Blackpool move)

“I am here. People are just saying things. I have to know before anyone else. It is not a big deal.”

With seven strikers at his disposal, Ferguson has some big decisions to make, although Diouf has enough confidence to believe he can be one of the chosen few.

He said: “I am confident I can play at Manchester United. Why not? You always have to think positively. You always have to do your best.

“I spent last season at Blackburn, which was a good experience for me.

“It helped me play some games in the Premier League. Now I am ready.

“The competition is really hard and I know I will have to take my chances.

“We will see what is going to happen but I want to stay.

“I have to show the manager why that should happen.”