Papers: Letter to Liege
Steven Defour receives 'get well' message from Sir Alex
Standard Liege captain Steven Defour has raised the prospect of a move to Manchester United by revealing he received a 'get well soon' message from Sir Alex Ferguson. The 21 year-old is sidelined with a broken foot, but his emergence in Belgium has already caught the eye of a number of leading clubs, with Everton unsuccessful in a £9million move for the midfielder. Defour is expected to be out of action until January, prompting the letter from Ferguson which was published in the Belgian media on Thursday. Ferguson wrote: "Dear Steven, I have just heard about your injury and, in the name of Manchester United, I would like to wish you a full and speedy recovery. I am sure at the moment you must be feeling awful and that you'll have all kinds of questions. Steven, these are natural worries but I have to tell you that modern medicine and treatments are incredible, you have to have confidence in them. I'm going to follow your progress closely and I will remain in contact with your club to have news of your recovery." United on Thursday night confirmed the authenticity of the letter and that it was sent by Ferguson through official channels.Mark Ogden, The Telegraph
There's little else United-related in the papers today, although The Sun
claim Gary Neville is eyeing an eco-friendly testimonial, "lit up by wind".