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Rio braced to bite the bullet
Rio Ferdinand is facing the axe from Alex Ferguson as fears grow at Old Trafford that the defender is past his best. Ferdinand, 30, was caught out for Fernando Torres' opener in Liverpool's 2-0 win over Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday. But this is not the first time the England centre-back has been found wanting this season. Now the club management are concerned that Ferdinand has lost two yards of pace and that he might never recover his best form. The change could come as soon as Saturday's home game to Blackburn as boss Ferguson is ready to give Jonny Evans an extended run in the side alongside Nemanja Vidic.
Neil Custis, The Sun
Villarreal goalkeeper Diego Lopez is a £15million target for United, according to The Sun.
Wes Brown warns that Tuesday night could be testing against Barnsley; "When you go to small grounds it's a completely different game. They get stuck in and it can throw you."
Barnsley boss Mark Robins believes he saved Sir Alex's job with his FA Cup third-round winner against Nottingham Forest in January 1990. But says the Reds boss has never thanked him.
The Daily Mail claims Sir Alex has pleaded guilty to the FA's improper conduct charge for comments made about referee Alan Wiley's fitness.
England boss Fabio Capello describes his dilemma of whether to select Michael Owen as ‘my torment’.
And finally... Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce, who brings his side to OT on Saturday, fears a swine flu outbreak at Stamford Bridge because he says the Premier League is "irresponsible" for allowing his team to play Chelsea at the weekend.