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Tosic blasts United
Zoran Tosic has blasted Manchester United, ­saying he wasn’t given a fair crack of the whip at Old Trafford. The Serbia international, who hopes to face Germany in his side’s second Group D game today, became the latest star to leave United after completing an £8m move to CSKA Moscow. Sir Alex Ferguson has been told to lower the club’s wage bill in light of their worrying debt problems – news which was exclusively revealed by Starsport in February. Tosic follows goalkeeper Ben Foster out of United, while fringe players Gabriel Obertan, Danny Welbeck, Tom Cleverley, Ritchie De Laet, Tom Heaton and Mame Biram Diouf are set to leave permanently or on loan. And Tosic, who made just five ­substitute appearances for United, has fired a parting shot at Fergie. The winger said: “I’m already 23 years old, but Manchester United did not give me a chance to prove myself. I’m an athlete, I have ambitions and I want to present them on the football field, not on a bench. How do I become a player by ­spending two years on the bench? They could have considered loaning me, but Manchester United wanted to sell – and sell they did.”
Sami Mokbel, Daily Star
Rio Ferdinand gets widespread coverage, with the Daily Mirror claiming that United have banned the defender from returning to South Africa to support England's World Cup campaign. The Sun, meanwhile, quotes Rio as saying: "We still have a great chance of winning the World Cup. No team can claim to be the outright favourites. There is no one who scares us."
Gary Neville tells The Times that Wayne Rooney is a 'raw and unique talent who can set the world alight', while the Daily Express covers United's agreement with Le Havre over Paul Pogba's transfer.