Papers: Slovak for Sir Alex?
Slovakia star in the frame to replace Giggs and Scholes
Sir Alex Ferguson is aiming to lure Napoli midfielder Marek Hamsik to Manchester United next summer with the Old Trafford futures of four key players still to be decided. Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville and Edwin van der Sar have made a combined 2,210 senior appearances but all four are out of contract at the end of this season. While Giggs and Scholes are set to be offered one-year extensions in the new year, Neville, 34, faces an anxious wait. Ferguson expects Van der Sar, 39, to reveal his intentions next month after previously floating the idea of retirement at the end of the season. Slovakia international Hamsik, rated at £25million by Napoli, has been the subject of intensive scouting since the turn of the year and the 22 year-old has been credited as the driving force behind his country’s World Cup qualification.Mark Ogden, Daily Telegraph
The transfer rumour mill continues to spin with Ian Ladyman of the Daily Mail reporting that Nemanja Vidic wants to move away from Manchester, as he and his family are rumoured to be unhappy with life in England.
Oliver Kay of The Times, among others, reports on Alan Wiley’s decision not to sue Sir Alex Ferguson for defamation. Apparently the referee believes it would mark the beginning of the end of his career.
Elsewhere, the papers focus on Wes Brown’s delight at being back in action, and Sir Alex’s faith in young players ahead of tonight’s game against Besiktas.