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Injuries make Treble harder than in 1999
Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted it will be far harder for Manchester United to land the treble this season than it was in 1999. United still have the chance to emulate their historic achievements of 12 seasons ago, even though they must overcome Chelsea in the Champions League, Manchester City in the FA Cup and stay top of the Premier League. But it is not Ferguson's opponents that bother him so much as the mounting injuries he is having to contend with. "It is going to be more difficult than it was in 1999," he said. "We didn't have the injuries we do now. There is a great desire to do it but we have so many injuries to defenders at present. We will never give in, though. No matter what happens, you always feel Manchester United will score in the last minute. We must have a chance but it is more difficult than it has ever been."
Simon Stone, The Independent
Elsewhere, The Guardian report Danny Welbeck made his senior debut for England last night in the 1-1 draw with Ghana. Welbeck, whose parents are both Ghanaian, was booed by the visiting fans for his apparent decision to forge a career with England (the country of his birth) instead of Ghana. As it was only a friendly, however, Welbeck is still eligible to play for the Black Cats.
The Mirror claim United are interested in Ajax defender Jan Vertonghen, while the Express say Sir Alex will monitor Javier Hernandez closely in the next few weeks to make sure the Mexican avoids burnout.