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George Grant writes in the Daily Mail...
United close in on Rangers keeper
Manchester United have stepped up their interest in Allan McGregor after chief scout Martin Ferguson watched the Rangers No1 in action in Valencia this week. The Premiership giants have been scouring Europe for two goalkeepers, with Aalesunds’ Anders Lindegaard, Atletico Madrid’s David de Gea, Bayer Leverkusen’s Rene Adler and Manuel Neuer of Schalke all coming under scrutiny. However, there has now been contact between Old Trafford and Ibrox following the 28-year-old’s superb performances for both club and country this season, most memorably in the Euro 2012 qualifier against Spain, which Ferguson also attended. With Rangers yesterday finalising a new deal to keep Ibrox understudy Neil Alexander until 2013, the path is clear for McGregor to head south should they receive an irresistible offer, albeit they would prefer to extend his contract beyond the three years that currently remain on it.
On a day dominated by last night's third straight defeat for Manchester City, United stories are fairly sparse apart from The Sun running Nemanja Vidic's post-match praise for Chris Smalling. "Chris did very well in Turkey this week and he's proved the boss was right to give him his chance,” said the United skipper. Read more in our Football News story from Tuesday night.
The Sun also quotes Chelsea's Salomon Kalou on the title race. “The goal is to be even further ahead in the Premier League by Christmas,” says Kalou. “The next month or so is a very important time of the season in relation to the title. If we can still be at least five points ahead of Manchester United by Christmas, it will be a good step towards the title.”