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05/12/2008 08:43

Papers: Leave Ince alone

Don't make Ince the next victim
Alex Ferguson insists Paul Ince must be given time to get things right at Blackburn. Fergie’s Manchester United piled more pressure on the Guv’nor by slamming in five to put Rovers out of the Carling Cup on Wednesday. Blackburn have now lost five of their last six matches in all competitions and face a crucial run of matches between now and the New Year. Tomorrow’s visit of leaders Liverpool is followed by games against teams around them in the Premier League table — Wigan, Stoke, Sunderland. They then host Manchester City on December 28. That run seems certain to decide Ince’s fate after just six months as manager at Ewood Park. But his former Old Trafford boss is sure he will get it right.
Ferguson said: “There is no longer a Jack Walker with lots of money. He has lost a couple of players but provided his club give him enough time, I’m sure he will be OK.
"Paul is a tough character, as I discovered when he was a player here. He always had something special about him. He has taken that into management and, though he clearly has problems, I think he will come through them.”
Martin Blackburn, The Sun

Column inches are dominated by Roy Keane's departure from Sunderland. But with the January transfer deadline fast looming, The Telegraph has re-opened its transfer rumours feature. It reports that Cristiano Ronaldo could be the subject of an audacious bid from Inter Milan to lure the Ballon d'Or winner to Italy. The same piece also says Manchester City and Real Madrid are continuing to monitor Carlos Tevez, and the Reds are heading the race to sign Wigan midfielder Antonio Valencia.


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