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United risk losing Brown
Manchester United will resist the temptation to sell Wes Brown before the January 31 transfer deadline, despite the growing danger of losing him on a free transfer at the end of the season. Brown has reached an impasse with the club, who have refused his demands for a contract extension worth £55,000 a week, but, despite firm interest from Everton, Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United, Sir Alex Ferguson, the manager, will not sell. “We did turn down an offer from Newcastle a couple of weeks ago,” David Gill, the United chief executive, said. “But it’s unlikely that a team would come in and offer something substantial for him when he is out of contract in the summer.”
Oliver Kay, The Times
The Guardian reports that the FA have decided not to hold a minute's silence before England's friendly against Switzerland on 6 February for the 50th anniversary of the Munich air disaster because of fears that some fans will not respect the occasion.
Michael Carrick wants United to remain top for the rest of the season (The Sun) while the Mirror quotes Reds legend Peter Schmeichel hailing Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic as United's best defensive partnership since Steve Bruce and Gary Pallister.