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22/02/2010 09:52

Papers: Wonderkid watched

United lead race to land wonderkid
Manchester United are at the head of the queue for QPR wonder boy Raheem Sterling - and desperate to beat all of their big-money rivals. United's youth chief Brian McClair was a VIP guest at Sterling's under-18 game at the weekend as he made a final check on the kid who has been the talk of Rangers for a couple of months. Attacking midfielder Sterling, still just 15, was pencilled in for a record-breaking first-team game when Jim Magilton was in charge - and has also dazzled for England's young sides. Now McClair is targetting the whizz kid for an immediate move, beating off Manchester City, Arsenal and Fulham who all want him. Sterling was born in Jamaica, but raised in London. He looks the best prospect for his age and United are keen to land a player who could be a household name for years to come. United and City are battling bitterly for top young talent just now and are also in a tug-of-war for Nigerian midfielder Azeez Ramon who was named the best in his position at the recent FIFA under-17 world cup.
Alan Nixon, Daily Mirror

Sir Alex Ferguson has branded Wayne Rooney 'world class' in recent weeks, but has also told his star striker exactly where he needs to hone his game. "Where I hope he improves more is with his predatory instinct in the penalty box," says the United manager. "He's still got to get to the levels of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Andy Cole and Ruud van Nistelrooy. If he got to that level he would be the best in the world."

AC Milan manager Leonardo has offered to quit after the Rossoneri's Champions League defeat to United, according to The Daily Mail. "If the President wants, I will step aside," says the Brazilian. "All I need is the word."

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