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05/01/2010 08:24

Papers: Blues want revenge

You're g-Owen to pay
Shay Given wants revenge for his Old Trafford heartache. The Manchester City keeper was left stunned by Michael Owen's strike deep into 'Fergie-time' in a seven-goal thriller in September. Now Given reckons City have a score to settle when they face arch-rivals United in the Carling Cup semi-final first leg at Eastlands tomorrow. He said: "I have to admit it took me a long while to get over it. We played so well that day and for them to get such a late, late goal - it was very difficult for everyone to swallow. So we'd like to get our own back for that. It's going to be a special game for everyone on Wednesday. We know the fans are really excited about it but so are the players. When you get to this stage you've got to go on and win the thing."
Martin Blackburn, The Sun

The Sun reckons Sir Alex is ready to drop seven of his players who featured in the FA Cup defeat to Leeds for Wednesday's Carling Cup semi-final. The paper lists Dimitar Berbatov, Gary Neville, Anderson, Gabriel Obertan, Danny Welbeck, Darron Gibson and Fabio as the players who will miss out.

In other news, The Sun says United must bide their time in the pursuit of Hulk. Sir Alex reportedly fancies Porto's Brazilian striker, real name Givanildo Vieira de Souza, who will cost around £20m. Yet Hulk, 23, wants stability in Portugal ahead of the World Cup.

Meanwhile, The Times believes the tension between Nemanja Vidic and Sir Alex has heightened after the defender’s last-minute withdrawal from the team on Sunday. The paper claims there was already discord between player and club over his contractual demands, and it also reckons the Serbia centre-half is using the stand-off to engineer a move to Real Madrid.

The Daily Mail says Reds assistant manager Mike Phelan is on the shortlist of candidates to replace Owen Coyle at Burnley.

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