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Ferdinand out of Carling Cup final
Rio Ferdinand has been ruled out of Sunday's Carling Cup final between Manchester United and Aston Villa and seems unlikely to be fit to captain England against Egypt at Wembley next week. The Red Devils defender had been expected to play in Tuesday night's 3-0 win over West Ham after a recent suspension. However, Sir Alex Ferguson claimed the 31-year-old felt a problem in his troublesome back on Tuesday morning which now means another spell on the sidelines."He tweaked his back in training and he won't be ready for Sunday," said Ferguson."It is unfortunate for him that he's going to miss a couple of games." - Daily Express
The Mirror suggests Sir Alex may be tempted to swoop for Valencia striker David Villa. The United boss was linked with the Spanish international last summer but was apparently put off by the £46million price tag. However, the Mirror claims "Dimitar Berbatov's indifferent form has left the door open for a top-flight striker to join for next season."
Many papers have highlighted the performance of Wayne Rooney following his two goals in United’s 3-0 win over West Ham. The Sun quoted Sir Alex as saying, "If he (Wayne) continues to improve at the current rate he will be a complete player, ready to join the distinguished band of United legends.” Meanwhile the same paper also looked at Gianfranco Zola’s comments that Rooney has the ‘Midas touch’ and is the favourite to win this season's Golden Boot award for the top Barclays Premier League goal scorer.