WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

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

Papers: Broken dreams

08/03/2010 09:33

Wes Brown’s World Cup fear


Wes Brown fears his World Cup dream is over after breaking a bone in his left foot and leaving England and Manchester United lurching into a defensive crisis. The defender went for scans yesterday amid concerns he has broken the fifth metatarsal and expects to find out on Monday whether he will be out for as long as three months. That would leave Brown with little or no game time prior to the World Cup and may even open the door for team-mate Gary Neville to make a remarkable return to the England squad. Neville, 35, replaced Brown at half-time on Saturday after the 30-year-old had been injured in a challenge with Wolves’ Matt Jarvis. Brown, who left Molineux with the foot immobilised in a protective boot, has been dogged by injuries. He broke a metatarsal just over 12 months ago and missed a chunk of this season with a hamstring problem.
Simon Jones, Daily Mail

There is good news elsewhere on the injury front, though. The Sun reports Wayne Rooney “will be fit for United’s Euro showdown with AC Milan”. The paper reports Rooney is suffering from an inflamed kneecap tendon but the injury is not serious enough to keep him off the pitch.

Should Rooney not play against Milan, United fans won’t have any fears if Sir Alex asks Dimitar Berbatov to lead the line. On his performance at Wolves, The Times said: “Berbatov’s touch and moments of vision, especially when he nutmegged Berra with a backheel on the right flank, were something to behold.”

And finally, in transfer speculation, The Daily Mail claim the Reds have agreed a deal that would see 18-year old Standard Liege defender Marnick Vermijl arrive at Old Trafford in the summer.

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