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Micah to move across town?
Manchester United are ready to move for Micah Richards if rivals Man City lose patience with the defender. Richards, 21, has only started eight Premier League games this term, and the City hierarchy have become increasingly concerned by the defender’s erratic performances. City staff also have worries over the attitude of the former England starlet. Richards, who penned a five-and-a-half year contract in February 2008, has clashed with Hughes in the past. And if City decide to offload the defender, then United are ready to bid for him. Sir Alex Ferguson is a huge admirer of Richards and tried to sign him when he first broke on the scene. Ferguson is considering his options at right-back with growing concerns about Gary Neville’s fitness and Rafael da Silva’s ability. Ferguson believes his man-management could control Richards and United are hoping to do business if City will sell to them. - James Nursey, Daily Mirror
Kettering player-manager Lee Harper is desperate to face United in the FA Cup again according to the Daily Star's Graham Hill. The goalkeeper-come-boss saved a Diego Forlan penalty in the Reds' 3-0 victory over Northampton, in the fourth round in 2003/04.
Jeremy Wilson of The Telegraph describes Ryan Giggs as “unique” as he touts him for the 2009 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award. The same article quotes Wayne Rooney on his "privilege" to play alongside the Welsh wizard.
“Hey, leave those kids alone!” is the Pink Floyd-esque cry from Sir Alex in a number of newspapers. United’s youngsters are set to be given another chance in tomorrow’s Carling Cup tie with Spurs, despite receiving media criticism following last week's defeat to Besiktas. You can read what the boss had to say about the critics in Football News.