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: Rio and Wes return

22/04/2010 07:31

Rio and Wes back for United


Rio Ferdinand and Wes Brown have given Manchester United a double boost ahead of Saturday's huge clash with Tottenham by returning to full fitness. Ferdinand, who missed last weekend's 1-0 win over Manchester City with a groin problem, has resumed full training and is ready to start against Spurs. And Brown, who has not played since suffering a broken metatarsal against Wolves on March 6, has made a full recovery and is available for selection. United can go top of the table ahead of Chelsea with a lunchtime win at Old Trafford, with Chelsea not playing Stoke at Stamford Bridge until the following day.
Mirror, David McDonnell

Other newspapers suggest Wes Brown has only started light training and that he'll only begin full training next week.

The Daily Express says that Tottenham's in-form winger/full-back Gareth Bale is a £20m United target this summer.

Martin Keown tells the Daily Mail that ex-Red Ruud van Nistelrooy (who lines up for Hamburg in the Europa League semi-final against Fulham tonight) was "up there with the best strikers I played against but you couldn't trust him - he was always looking to test referees, which is why I ended up losing my rag with him." Naturally it warranted this reaction in 2003 after Arsenal earned a 0-0 draw at OT.

The Reds have topped Forbes' list of most valuable sports clubs in the world. They value United at £1.19billion, ahead of Real Madrid in second place.

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