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Fergie to call on Carrick to save the day
Michael Carrick is set to continue in central defence for United against Wolfsburg tomorrow. The England midfielder was pressed into action there as a sub at West Ham on Saturday. With United’s defensive crisis showing no sign of easing, boss Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed Carrick will have to start at the back in Germany. The United boss said: “The injuries in defence are becoming a bit of a headache to us. Carrick stepped in and did very, very well. He’s got the composure and the pace and it was a good performance in the second half. We used our experience."
George Scott, Daily Star
Wayne Rooney fell asleep during the World Cup draw on Friday, according to a number of newspapers. United were in London for the West Ham game, and the England striker dozed off in front of the TV. He had to be told later who his team will face in South Africa.
The Daily Mirror picks up on Mame Diouf training with United. They write: “The 21-year-old reportedly raised eyebrows at Carrington by demanding to break an unwritten rule banning tracksuit bottoms in training, by explaining that it was so cold in Norway he that he was allowed to wear two hats and two sets of tracksuit bottoms.”
In his Telegraph column, Alan Hansen discusses the impact of losing Giggs, Scholes and Neville to retirement, and ties it in with the emergence of Fergie's new fledglings. The ex-Liverpool captain writes: “The big test of the new crop will come against Manchester City in the Carling Cup semi-finals. If City put out their strongest team, then we will have a better idea as to how good the United youngsters really are.”