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Rooney: Let me play
Wayne Rooney has pleaded with Sir Alex Ferguson to play him against Rangers in the Champions League on Tuesday night. Rooney told his manager that he wanted his exile from the Manchester United first team to last only one game as Ferguson broke the news to him on Friday night that he would not be included in the squad for the trip to Everton the next day. It is understood that Rooney was surprised and disappointed to be told at Manchester's Lowry Hotel on Friday that he would not to be included. Just hours earlier, the 24-year-old England striker trained as normal at the club's Carrington training base. However, during the same conversation, Rooney told his manager that he was in no need of a break from first-team action as he deals with escalating problems in his private life and stressed that he wanted to be straight back in the team and start Tuesday's game.
Ian Ladyman, The Daily Mail.
Meanwhile in The Sun, Jonny Evans is tipping fellow countryman Steven Davis to cause the Reds problems ahead of Tuesday’s battle of Britain clash with Rangers in the Champions League. The United defender, 22, said. “Steve is technically and physically one of the best midfielders I have seen coming out of Northern Ireland.”
The Daily Mail also reports that United face stiff competition from Barcelona in the race to sign Panathinaikos playmaker Sotiris Ninis. The Reds have long tracked Ninis, with a future £8million move mooted for the player who can operate on either wing or behind a striker. Ninis is said to have his heart set on a move to Old Trafford, but Spanish sources are convinced that Barca can change his mind.