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31/12/2010 12:16

Papers: Baggies fear Roo

The Sun's Graham Hill writes...

Roo a wounded animal
Steven Reid admits he could be marking a "dangerous animal" when he comes face to face with Wayne Rooney tomorrow lunchtime. The Irish star, 29, is set to be called into a West Brom defence hit by injury and suspension against unbeaten Manchester United at The Hawthorns. Reid could slot in at right-back and Rooney may play out left again as he did against Birmingham. And he said: "Maybe Rooney's not hit the heights he did last season but he's a dangerous animal. It's only a matter of time that he scores from open play - he's still one of the best players in the world."

The Daily Star says United's hopes of landing Atletico Madrid's David de Gea as Edwin van der Sar's long-term successor have hit a stumbling block after the young Spanish goalkeeper pledged his future to the La Liga side.

Ex-Reds assistant boss Brian Kidd, now at local rivals Manchester City, is quoted in various newspapers as saying the title "is Manchester United's to lose".

Sir Alex, however, thinks it'll be the tighest Premier League title race yet. "I think the title is there for everyone to win or lose it."

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