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Scholes makes City return bid
Paul Scholes could make a sensational return in the Manchester derby. The midfield ace has surprised everyone with his fast recovery from the knee ligament injury he picked up last month. Yesterday, he was on the training ground and is expected to resume full training in 10 days, leaving him with a week to prepare for the away clash with City on November 30. A United insider said: “Paul was spraying 40 yard passes around as if he had never been away. You would not believe he suffered an injury just six weeks ago. He could play in the derby — it’s just a question of what the boss wants to do.”
Staff writer, The Sun
Cristiano Ronaldo has three-and-a-half years to run on his five-year deal, but the Guardian claims that his "representatives expect to open talks on a new contract despite United's reluctance to extend his £120,000-a-week deal".
Standard Liege's highly-rated 19-year-old winger Axel Witsel is keen on a move to United, The Sun claims: “I found out recently about United’s interest but I don’t know much. We'll have a meeting with the board at the end of the season."
Diego Maradona has told Carlos Tevez to stay positive, despite not being Sir Alex's first-choice striker at the moment. New Argentina boss Maradona met Tevez at Carrington. He tells The Sun: “Tevez is worried about not being in United’s first-choice team. But he was in good shape and I told him the best way to show his ability is to win the arm-wrestle against the other players."
The Mirror, however, reports that Real Madrid want to sign Tevez in January as a replacement for injured front man Ruud van Nistelrooy.
Two Reds are among 20 young English "players to watch"; 18-year-old midfielder Danny Drinkwater and 17-year-old striker Danny Welbeck make the Guardian list.