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Young move paves way for Berbatov departure
Sir Alex Ferguson is ready to pave the way for Dimitar Berbatov’s departure from Manchester United by completing a £15million move for Aston Villa’s Ashley Young this week. Berbatov’s Old Trafford future now appears increasingly bleak following his omission from the 18-man squad named for the Champions League final defeat against Barcelona on Saturday, but Ferguson had already resolved to listen to offers for the 30-year-old before opting to name Michael Owen as a substitute ahead of the Bulgarian forward. With Berbatov’s future in doubt, Ferguson will also hold talks this week with Owen and Paul Scholes, both now out of contract, in order to resolve their situation at the club. Having failed to tempt England forward Young from Aston Villa in January, Ferguson now expects to sign the 25 year-old this week after seeing off Liverpool’s attempts to lure the winger to Anfield.
Monday's newspapers also carry more reaction to Saturday's Champions League final. For example, Shaun Custis writes in The Sun, "As long as Man of the Match [Lionel] Messi is wearing the Barca shirt, the best United can ever hope for is to be Europe's bridesmaids... Fergie will be in his 80s when Messi hangs up his boots and that means a hell of a lot of frustration lies ahead."
The Sun also quotes Sir Alex's son Darren Ferguson after his Peterborough side won promotion to the Championship by beating Huddersfield at Old Trafford. "This is so special for me and I'm pleased I did it because of dad's result against Barcelona," said Ferguson junior.