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Sol would jump at United chance
Sol Campbell says he would love a move to Old Trafford as the cash-strapped club look to bolster their defensive cover. SunSport revealed yesterday that Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson was considering a swoop for the free agent. And the 35-year-old former England defender would jump at the chance of joining the champions. Campbell said: "I have heard nothing officially but there have been suggestions and it would be a great move for me. I would love to play for Manchester United, but I am not counting any chickens. I shall just have to wait and see if a call comes through the right channels. I am training as usual at Arsenal, and would go to train at Manchester United if I was asked."
Neil Custis, The Sun
Sir Alex's thoughts on former United players in management make The Times. "Nobody here thought Mark Hughes would become a manager, never in a million years," says the boss, in a quote taken from the new issue of Inside United.
Bryan Robson would pick Wayne Rooney over Didier Drogba any day, according to quotes published in the Daily Express. “Ideally, I’d like both of them but if I had to pick one, it would be Wayne... for his work rate, mentality and toughness. He could set all kinds of records if he steers clear of injury.”
The national press have mixed views on Michael Owen’s potential England call-up. A few are touting him to be on the plane to South Africa, but Tony Cascarino in The Times thinks only an injury crisis would cause Capello to call up the United striker, while Graham Taylor in the Express thinks there are better options such as Jermain Defoe.