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Wes in pay cut, United on alert
Wesley Sneijder will slash his pay demand to make sure the Manchester United deal goes through. The worried Dutch star, 27, looked to have blown his chance of leaving Inter Milan by asking for £200,000 a week. Sneijder is now prepared to slash that demand by £60,000 a week. It would still make him the second highest paid star at United – behind Wayne Rooney on £250,000. United offered Sneijder a contract last month and Inter were happy to sell at £35million. But the Premier League champions could not agree on Sneijder’s pay. The attacking midfielder was sure they would come back with a new offer but that has not happened.
The Daily Star claims Darren Fletcher will make a shock first-team comeback against Arsenal at Old Trafford next week, after successfully completing 90 minutes of Reserve team action on Monday, ironically against the Gunners. The Scotland captain has been recovering from a virus that had forced him to miss the last few months of last season, as well as the Reds US summer tour.
Elsewhere, The Independent has praised United legend Gary Neville’s performance as a Sky Sports pundit on the opening weekend of the Barclays Premier League. The paper did observe, however, that the former Reds defender might look less uncomfortable in his more familiar right-back berth.