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17/02/2010 09:24

Papers: Club or country?

Reds' defender faces selection predicament
Jonny Evans is facing a club versus country dilemma ahead of the Carling Cup Final. Northern Ireland boss Nigel Worthington is compiling his squad for the 3 March friendly against Albania in Tirana and the release of players by clubs could prove quite a stumbling block. Worthington this week will have talks with several players including Evans, normally a certain Northern Ireland starter. Worthington said: "He is involved in the Carling Cup Final with Aston Villa on the Sunday, 24 hours before our departure to Albania, and then has another club fixture scheduled on the following Saturday. "I know he is anxious to play for his country, is always filled with pride when that happens, but we will have to wait and see how things develop. He is dedicated to the national squad and is anxious not to miss a cap."
Don Ardmore, News of the World

Predictably, the Reds’ victory in Italy is the centre of attention in all the papers today. The Mirror’s David Anderson focuses on Wayne Rooney, who admitted the famous half-time hairdryer treatment from Sir Alex transformed United’s performance. Oliver Holt, also writing for the Mirror, commented on David Beckham’s performance against his old side – the verdict being that he was dangerous early on, but faded away in the second half, as United took control.

James Ducker was rather critical of the Reds' performance in The Times. He claims United’s midfield was “bamboozled” by Sir Alex’s decision to station Fletcher out on the left with Park through the middle. He claims: “United players simply did not know what their colleagues were supposed to be doing. It almost had a domino effect, Fletcher’s absence in the centre affecting Carrick and Scholes, with the defence, in turn, exposed by gaping holes in a midfield that was about as secure as an Icelandic bank.”

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