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Nev: Boss can stay for another five season
Gary Neville reckons Sir Alex Ferguson has the hunger and desire to carry on in charge of Manchester United for another five years. Former United skipper Neville, who retired last season, paid tribute to Fergie ahead of his former manager’s 25th anniversary in charge at Old Trafford this weekend. And, far from slowing down, Neville said he could see the Scot - who turns 70 on New Year’s Eve - continuing until he has racked up 30 years at the club. “He has now done 25 years in the job and is still here, why should he leave?” said Neville. “He feels as determined as ever and it’s a continual challenge to be at United. “I know that from being a player. I know that from being a fan. That will keep him young. There was a period when people were talking about him retiring, but that has gone away. He knows the club, he knows how to make it successful. We have been developing a new side with a lot of young players coming into the squad and hopefully we can continue to bear the fruits of that. It wouldn’t surprise me if he was to go on for even five more years.”
The Mirror claims Wayne Rooney is "ready to be the next Paul Scholes," after his run-out in midfield against Otelul Galati.
Meanwhile, the Daily Star report that Danny Welbeck and Phil Jones have been left out of Stuart Pearce’s England Under-21 squad for the European Championship double-header against Iceland and Belgium, which suggests the pair will be named in Fabio Capello’s full squad for the friendlies against Spain and Switzerland.
The paper also features quotes from former Red Kieran Richardson says Sunderland are ready to gatecrash Sir Alex's anniversary celebrations this weekend. “Going back is a big event for me. We’ve been to Old Trafford before and taken something from the game and that’s what we’ll be aiming to do again," he said.