WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

The extracts on this page are taken from selected national newspapers. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Manchester United.

Papers: Mistaken identity

29/10/2009 08:48

Fergie reffing right
Alex Ferguson has had another problem with a ref - and this time he is definitely in the right! On Tuesday, the Manchester United chief admitted Chris Foy was correct to show Gary Neville a red card in the Carling Cup win at Barnsley. But it has also emerged the Merseyside official dropped a clanger in booking Brazilian full-back Fabio da Silva instead of his twin brother Rafael. The United duo were both involved in an 83rd-minute challenge on Barnsley's Jamal Campbell-Ryce. And Foy brandished the yellow card at Fabio, when it was his brother who committed the offence. United have now contacted the FA to point out the case of mistaken identity, saving Fabio - sent off in the third-round win over Wolves - from another caution.
Phil Thomas, The Sun

Continuing yesterday's rumours of a United swoop for Spanish international David Villa, today's tabloids confirm that the striker has sacked his agent for failing to secure him a big money move away from Valencia. According to The Daily Mirror: "Villa is now weighing up his own future without his once-trusted adviser."

The Mirror also claims that Watford will ask United to extend the loan deal of midfielder Tom Cleverley at Vicarage Road. The England youth star has been a revelation for the Hornets, bagging five goals in 12 appearances.

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