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14/03/2011 09:55

Papers: Nani shock

Nani set for shock return 
Manchester United are confident they will have Nani back for tomorrow's Champions League clash with Marseille. The 24-year-old Portuguese winger trained on Friday and again yesterday with the club's physios. Boss Alex Ferguson feared he would lose Nani for three games after a horror challenge by Jamie Carragher nine days ago left him with a gashed leg. But Nani can run now freely and, today, he will be tested in a more competitive environment with the rest of the players as doctors want to be sure there is no risk of stitches bursting in match action. Ferguson is desperate to have Nani fit for the return against the French champions. His 10 goals and 15 assists so far this season have made him the club's star performer.
Neil Custis, The Sun

Whether or not Nani returns on Tuesday, The Sun says Marseille's preparations have been hampered by a police investigation into striker Branda - although Didier Deschamps' side still warmed up for Old Trafford with a 2-0 win at Rennes on Friday.

The Daily Mail says United have earmarked David De Gea as the man to replace Edwin van der Sar at the end of the season, and are preparing a £15million deal for the 20-year-old Spaniard.

United's FA Cup semi-final pairing with Manchester City prompts huge coverage across Monday's papers. City's Micah Richards - scorer of the Blues' winner against Reading - admits: "We're looking to gain revenge for Wayne Rooney's overhead kick. It's going to be a great game and we'll all be looking forward to it." Edwin van der Sar, meanwhile, wants to bring down the curtain on his career with an FA Cup triumph: "An FA Cup winners medal would mean a lot despite what I have already won in my career," he says.

Sunday's dramatic FA Youth Cup victory at Anfield warrants a sizeable mention in several outlets, although the Reds' 3-2 victory is overshadowed by crowd unrest and the dismissal of two players from either side.

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