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26/08/2010 09:59

Papers: Owen to Anfield

Owen to play in Carragher's testimonial
Michael Owen is to pull on the colours of Liverpool for the first time since leaving the club six years ago after agreeing to brave a potential backlash from Manchester United's supporters by playing for his old team in Jamie Carragher's testimonial match. Owen, reviled by some Liverpool fans after crossing one of the game's oldest divides, is said to be uncertain of the reaction he will get from the Anfield crowd but does not have great expectations considering the abuse when he returned last season for the first time since joining their rivals at Old Trafford. The former England striker has given his word to Carragher, however, that he will play in the match at Anfield on Saturday week, swapping the red of United for that of the team where he began his career. Sir Alex Ferguson, the United manager, has given him permission to play for 45 minutes and Owen will be in attack for a Liverpool XI taking on an Everton XI.
Daniel Taylor, The Guardian

The Daily Mail features an interview with England captain Rio Ferdinand who tells “hypocrites” to lay off under-fire manager Fabio Capello.

Various papers have build-up to tonight's Champions League draw (starts 17:00, follow it live on ManUtd.com) and yesterday's visit to Old Trafford by FIFA's 2018 World Cup inspection committee. United's Wayne Rooney was on hand to meet the officials and back England's bid to host the finals. ("See Roo in 2018", The Sun).

The Sun also quotes Rooney on his wish to see Paul Scholes back in the England squad. "I'd like to see him playing. He's fantastic, one of the best players in the country. But it's his decision and Fabio Capello's whether he wants to try to pick him. It's down to them."

Round Up By Nathan Thomas


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