Backing up that assertion, in 2006 Ferguson praised Dong's "speed and physicality." The next year came his first taste of Premier League and Champions League football.
How the City faithful will hope for more assists from all of them as they chase down league leaders Liverpool and their free flowing full back and king of assists, Alexander-Arnold.
Croatian forward Bojan Bogdanovich scored 26 points and Frenchman Rudy Gobert added 17 points and 19 rebounds as the Utah Jazz won 114-107 at Charlotte. Terry Rozier led the Hornets with 29 points.
The clubs immediately below them, Leicester City and champions Manchester City, clash at the Etihad Stadium.
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There is said to be a mood of deep disappointment in the palace following the announcement; senior members of the family are hurt as a result of the news.
"It was a tough loss tonight," said Vikings coach Mike Zimmer. "We didn't play well enough to win. Give Green Bay credit. They did some good things. That's what happens when you don't play as well as you can. We got to get back to work, get going again, regroup and refresh."
It will not exactly be unknown territory for Jose Mourinho when he takes his place in the technical area on Sunday for his Tottenham Hotspur side's eagerly awaited London derby at home to Chelsea.
Liverpool - whose senior squad are preparing for Saturday's Club World Cup final in Qatar - activated Minamino's release clause last week.
But things have changed this year as local developers put on a fight. According to app analytics and marketing firm AppsFlyer, Indian apps as a whole have recaptured their original standing.
Dong admits that his time at Old Trafford from 2004 to 2008 was a tale of injury, crippling shyness and ultimately unfulfilled potential.
Liverpool's players are cheered by their supporters during an open-topped bus parade through the city after winning the UEFA Champions League Final in Liverpool, Britain on June 2, 2019. Liverpool beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in Madrid to claim their sixth champion of the event on June 1. (Photo: Xinhua)
"I just did some simple make-up," he said, adding with self-deprecating humor, "If you say that I had plastic surgery, the way I am now is probably a plastic surgery failure."
It was an "embarrassing" performance by the seven-time European champions, said club manager Zvonimir Boban.