Papers: Backing the bid
Sir Alex backs the bid
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has pledged his support for the England 2018 World Cup bid on the day of the FIFA inspectors visit to Old Trafford. Fergie, backing the campaign despite being a proud Scotsman who is often at odds with the English FA, will join his fellow football knight Sir Bobby Charlton and United chief executive David Gill in showing the FIFA team around the stadium. Ferguson said: "The facilities for players and fans are magnificent, from training grounds to stadiums, and the passion of the English people for the game would ensure that everybody would be made to feel welcome. It would be a memorable occasion and would inspire people all over the world." Chris Sale, The Guardian
The Sun also leads on this story, suggesting Sir Alex will "cast national rivalry aside to boost England's 2018 World Cup bid today".
In other news, several papers report on new signing Bebe's absence from the Reserves squad for Tuesday night's mini Manchester derby. The Daily Mail's Ian ladyman claims the forward's modest impact in training so far was the reason for his exclusion.