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Sir Alex admits blip
Sir Alex Ferguson acknowledged that Rio Ferdinand has "hit a little blip" but emphatically dismissed suggestions that the England centre-half's game may be in terminal decline. "There's no discernible depreciation in Rio's qualities, none for me at all," said Ferguson after revealing that Ferdinand would miss tomorrow night's Champions League game at home to CSKA Moscow with a calf injury which may also sideline him for Sunday's game against Chelsea. "In my time here we've always had the situation where one of the star players hits a little blip," Ferguson added. "Rio is going to get criticism but that's part and parcel of being a Manchester United player… he will come out of it, there is no doubt at all about that." - Louise Taylor, The Guardian
Elsewhere, the press tread familiar territory around Michael Owen. Not for the first time since joining United, the daily papers carry stories surrounding the striker’s assertion that he “doesn’t go to bed thinking of England”. Instead, he says, he’s just concerned about playing well for the Reds.
Wayne Rooney is also all over the papers today, although more often than not on the front page than at the back. He and wife Coleen celebrated the birth of baby boy Kai yesterday at Liverpool Women’s Hospital. Most papers claim he’ll miss tonight’s match against CSKA Moscow at Old Trafford.