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17/09/2009 06:33

Papers: Play on, Scholesy

Scholes can keep on rolling
Alex Ferguson has backed Paul Scholes to keep playing for Manchester United for two more seasons - at least. Scholes popped up with the winner in Istanbul as United kicked off their Champions League campaign with a 1-0 win over Besiktas. The veteran midfielder, 34, has a contract for this season but boss Ferguson thinks he can continue through the next campaign. Ferguson said: "I don't think this is his last season, not the way that he plays. He is a football man. He isn't going to drop through the leagues. I have read that stuff about him playing for Oldham in his last year. No chance! He will miss more games than he plays but if I get 25 games out of him I will be delighted."
Staff reporter, The Sun

Scholes isn't the only player who will be missing Sunday's derby through suspension, according to all the tabloids. Manchester City have accepted the FA's violent conduct charge against striker Emmanuel Adebayor, who is now likely to land an immediate three match ban.

Patrice Evra is desperate for Carlos Tevez to feature at Old Trafford, and has been indulging in plenty of pre-match banter with his former United colleague. The Frenchman says: "I said to him, 'If the fans boo you, I will boo as well!'

Meanwhile, in transfer news, The Daily Mirror carries quotes from reputed Reds target David Silva. The Valencia winger says: "It's an honour for any player that a club of the prestige of Manchester United should follow them and that in itself is enormous praise.”

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