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17/10/2012 08:20

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James Robson writes in the Manchester Evening News...

Ferguson and Mancini suffer as England are washed out
Sir Alex Ferguson and Roberto Mancini have been left sweating after farcical scenes in Warsaw forced England’s World Cup qualifier with Poland to be postponed until this afternoon. A waterlogged pitch meant last night’s game could not go ahead – meaning Roy Hodgson’s players had to delay returning to their clubs ahead of this weekend’s Premier League fixtures. And nobody will feel the impact of that more than Ferguson and Mancini, who between them will have six players starting in Poland’s national stadium today. Both United and City have 3pm kick-offs on Saturday against Stoke and West Brom respectively. But they now look set to have to wait until Friday before Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, Danny Welbeck, Joe Hart, Joleon Lescott and James Milner can take part in the preparations for those games. As well as the disruption to both clubs’ plans this weekend, Ferguson and Mancini will also be left hoping their players suffer no adverse effects from playing on a pitch that was swamped by heavy rainfall.

In the same paper, renowned journalist Stuart Mathieson ponders whether Ole Gunnar Solskjaer might be in line to replace Sir Alex Ferguson as United manager. Solskjaer, currently manager of Molde, recently turned down the Bolton and Blackburn vacancies, but has also expressed his desire to manage in England. “When that present deal with Molde expires in 2014 it could well be perfect timing as far as United are concerned,” writes Mathieson.

Elsewhere, today’s papers are of course filled with reaction to Tuesday’s internationals, after England’s clash with Poland was postponed for floodingRobin van Persie scored for Holland and Shinji Kagawa lost 4-0 to Brazil.

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