The extracts on this page are taken from selected national newspapers. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Manchester United.
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.