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Fed-up Fergie keeps tabs on Shawcross
Manchester United have reignited their interest in former defender Ryan Shawcross. United’s chief scout Jim Lawlor checked on the Stoke skipper in the 2-2 draw at Wigan on Saturday. Manager Sir Alex Ferguson is considering bolstering his defensive options after seeing his second-string backline torn apart by West Ham in the Carling Cup last week. And Shawcross is in the frame for a return to the club he quit in 2007 to join Stoke. Ferguson was reluctant to let the 23-year-old move and inserted a clause in the deal which allows the Reds to match any rival bid if Shawcross is sold. Liverpool are among the clubs who are also believed to be keen on him. The defender may hesitate about heading back to Old Trafford, having pushed himself to the fringes of the England squad with regular first-team football at Stoke.
Also in the Mail, Martin Samuel suggests under-soil heating should be a pre-condition for all promoted clubs joining the Premier League, after United’s trip to Blackpool was abandoned on Saturday. Writing in his column, Samuel said: “No Premier League match should be lost due to the absence of under-soil heating. Blackpool versus Manchester United is a vivid moment of romantic escapism and season-ticket holders will have been looking forward to it for months.”
Elsewhere, MirrorFootball.co.uk claims Owen Hargreaves will leave United at the end of the season when his current contract expires. The midfielder has made just 39 appearances for the Reds since signing in 2007.