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02/12/2010 10:19

Papers: Old pals act

Jim Munro writes on The Sun's website…

Super Nani’s sporting chance
Nani says Manchester United could benefit from hiring a couple of his old team-mates from Sporting Lisbon. United's flying winger began his career in Portugal alongside the world's most expensive player Cristiano Ronaldo. And when asked who United should buy if they could choose any player in the world, Nani said: “I'd have some young players, Miguel Veloso and Yannick Djalo. They are very good players I knew from Sporting, my former team.” Striker Djalo's last-minute goal against Brondby in August helped Sporting qualify for the Europa League group stage with a 3-2 aggregate win. The 24-year-old made his international debut in September, with a six-minute appearance as a sub in Portugal's 4-4 draw with Cyprus. Veloso, also 24, taunted Everton from midfield in last season's Europa League, scoring in both legs of the 4-2 aggregate win against David Moyes's team in February's knockout stages.

The fallout from United’s Carling Cup exit rumbles on in today’s papers, though coverage of England’s bid to stage the 2018 World Cup continues to dominate column inches. The Mirror features a last-day plea from David Beckham on why English grounds including Old Trafford should host the tournament: “We live and breathe football in England and want to invite the rest of the world to join us for the most colourful and unique festival of football imaginable."

United legend and World Cup winner Sir Bobby Charlton has also backed the bid. He's quoted in The Independent: “I believe it was right to make the bid and reach out for something that would bring pleasure to so many people in this country.”

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