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Juve to tempt United with Berba bid
Juventus are ready to test Sir Alex Ferguson’s resolve over Dimitar Berbatov. Juve are eyeing up Berbatov, who is having an erratic season at Old Trafford. Since scoring seven goals in his first six games, United’s record £30.75million striker has not netted in his last nine games. Berbatov, 29, was so bad at Aston Villa 10 days ago that Fergie dropped him completely from his squad for Saturday’s win over Wigan. Although Ferguson is highly unlikely to consider selling Berbatov during the next transfer window, he may be prepared to listen to offers in the summer if he decides he has had the best out of the former Tottenham star.
David Anderson, Mirror
Birmingham City boss Alex McLeish says Sir Alex spurned the opportunity to manage Rangers, United’s opponents in the Champions League on Wednesday night, because “even then he had this big vision of going to England and managing Manchester United”.
Patrice Evra says United are hoping to make next month’s Matchday 6 meeting with Valencia a dead rubber by winning in Glasgow this week. “Our aim is to make sure that by the time we play Valencia next month we have already qualified. We have big games [in the league] coming up and want to be able to concentrate on them.”
The Times reports that ex-Red Nicky Butt is going to Hong Kong to try out playing with South China FC. Look out for more from Nicky, speaking exclusively to ManUtd.com, later today.
There’s also praise for United youngster Danny Welbeck after his two goals earned his loan club Sunderland a 2-2 draw against Everton on Monday night. Black Cats assistant boss Eric Black says: “He is an exceptionally good player. Hopefully we can hang on to him for as long as possible.”