Papers: Holden bears no grudge
David McDonnell and Alan Nixon write in the Daily Mirror...
Bolton star Stuart Holden has cleared Manchester United’s Jonny Evans of blame over his knee injury – as he faces an agonising six months on the sidelines. The United States midfielder is devastated by the hammer blow that ends his hope of playing in the FA Cup semi-final, but worse still will see him miss the start of next season. Holden discovered the extent of the damage after the front of his knee was stitched up and checked for ligament problems. Sickeningly, the impact from Evans’s red-card lunge caused extra problems. However, Evans rang Holden to apologise about the incident and the American has accepted the gesture and is not pointing the finger at the Northern Ireland international. “I had a sincere phone call from Jonny Evans wishing me the best in my recovery," said Holden. "It definitely wasn’t intentional, just an unfortunate part of the game.”
In transfer news, The Daily Mail report United goalkeeping coach Eric Steele was in Germany on Saturday to watch Rene Adler and Manuel Neuer as Bayer Leverkusen hosted Schalke in the Bundesliga.
Meanwhile, in The Independent, James Lawton heaps praise on Sir Alex. He writes: "Ferguson should really be given his due. At the age of 69, and having won 33 trophies with St Mirren, Aberdeen and Manchester United, he alone remains in contention for the three major prizes available to an England-based manager... if he should happen to win either the Premier League or the Champions League it will undoubtedly be the greatest achievement of an extraordinary career."
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