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08/12/2009 09:32

Papers: Young Gill handed chance

Come on, my son!
The worst injury crisis in modern Manchester United history has forced Sir Alex Ferguson to include the son of chief executive David Gill in his squad for Tuesday night's Champions League match against Wolfsburg. United arrived in Saxony on Monday without 15 first-team players and with only one regularly selected defender in Patrice Evra. With three defenders – Jonny Evans, Rio Ferdinand and John O’Shea – expected to be out until the New Year, Ferguson’s defensive reserves are in tatters. It has meant a sudden call-up for 19-year-old Oliver Gill, the son of Ferguson’s boss and a central defender who only signed pro terms in the summer. He spent much of the spring choosing between an academic career or a stab at professional football.
Ian Ladyman, Daily Mail

Gill’s call-up and the Reds’ defensive woes dominate headlines across all the papers, with The Guardian noting that the manager had "at least retained his sense of humour". Asked if he was concerned that Patrice Evra would be his only recognised defender, he said: "Well, it's worth trying going with one defender. Manchester United are always first at doing something, so we'll try that one tomorrow. It's easy to organise one person."

Meanwhile, The Telegraph claim Sir Alex will relish the chance to get a close-up view of Wolfsburg striker (and rumoured transfer target) Edin Dzeko. The Bosnian continues to be linked with a move to Old Trafford.

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