Papers: Rio's new deal
Reds to offer Rio £31m pay deal
Rio Ferdinand has agreed a new five-year deal with United that will make him the club's highest-paid player alongside Cristiano Ronaldo on £120,000-a week. Ferdinand and United have agreed in principle the terms of the package worth £31.2million, which will keep the England defender at Old Trafford for the rest of his top-flight career. Talks have been ongoing between United and Ferdinand's representatives for several weeks, and an official announcement from both parties is expected later this week. Ferdinand had one more year left on his existing deal and United moved swiftly to tie him down to a new contract.David McDonnell, Daily Mirror
Wigan boss Steve Bruce
revealed he had been spurred on by a call from his former boss whose United side could now win the title at Stamford Bridge on April 26 thanks to Wigan's 1-1 draw at Chelsea. "Sir Alex has phoned me twice before this game and twice before Arsenal. I have had a few calls from friends in Manchester too."Sir Alex
believes United are closing in on another title thanks to their form against their Big Four rivals. The current champions have taken 13 points from a possible 15 in their matches against fellow contenders Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool. "I said results between the top four would be the key this season and that’s been proved right," he said.