WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

The extracts on this page are taken from selected national newspapers. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Manchester United.

13/04/2009 09:06

Papers: Rio to return?

Rio set to be fit for Porto


Rio Ferdinand is on course to be fit for Manchester United's must-win Champions League tie with Porto. Ferdinand, who has missed United's last three games with a groin problem, is ready to reclaim his starting place for Wednesday's decisive return leg. He could have played in United's 2-1 win at Sunderland on Saturday, but it was decided not to take the risk to ensure he is fit for Wednesday. Ferdinand has been included in United's travelling party that leaves for Porto tomorrow and is ready to resume his successful central defensive partnership with Nemanja Vidic. A source close to Ferdinand rated the 30-year-old's chances as "80-20" to start on Wednesday and said the defender was willing to undergo pain-killing injections to play.
David McDonnell, Daily Mirror

Paul Scholes is adamant United can pull off a sensational Champions League triumph in Porto. No English side has ever won there in European competition, but Scholes says: “All we’ve got to do at Porto is win a football match. With the players we’ve got I’m sure we can do it.”

The Daily Mail claims Federico Macheda's stunning start to his United career is to be rewarded with a new £10,000-a-week contract this summer.

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