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Five-year deals are Wel clever
Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley are to be rewarded with double-your-money five-year deals at Manchester United. Old Trafford bosses were already preparing contract reviews, which would see their pay shoot to £40,000 a week, before Monday's heroics in the home win against Spurs. Striker Welbeck, who scored one and crafted another in the 3-0 win, has little under two years remaining on his existing terms. Both he and midfield ace Cleverley, who only signed a three-year extension last summer, are currently two of the lowest-paid in United's first-team squad. But SunSport understands that the Red Devils plan to sit down with the players' respective camps over the next few weeks to sanction the improved terms.
The same newspaper claims Sir Alex Ferguson has warned Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic "you have a fight on to win back your places." His quotes slightly soften the stance taken by the headline writer: "Rio and Nemanja are aware of the abilities of the young players. There is no question about that. When they are both fit, or one of them is, I will have a decision to make."
The Times reports courageous United legend Bryan Robson "is unlikely to make a return to full-time management after radiotherapy helped him beat throat cancer."
The papers also have reaction to the Under-21 call-ups for Phil Jones and Danny Welbeck, as covered on ManUtd.com yesterday. The Daily Express has a column from former England manager Graham Taylor in which he writes, "in Phil Jones and Chris Smalling, there are two Manchester United youngsters who could represent England’s future. And you could add Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck, whose careful nurturing bears testament to Sir Alex’s innate ability to bring talent through at just the right time."