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Carrick earns United recall
Michael Carrick has looked at the big picture rather than worry about his Manchester United future despite Tom Cleverley’s stunning emergence. Cleverley’s ankle injury at Bolton on Saturday has given Michael Carrick the chance to re-establish himself as one of Sir Alex Ferguson’s first-choice midfielders starting against Benfica in Lisbon tomorrow. Ferguson is also set to give first starts to Darren Fletcher, Ryan Giggs, Dimitar Berbatov and Antonio Valencia. “It’s really disappointing for Tom after the way he has been playing,” said Carrick. “He has been great. All the young lads have come out flying and fair play to them. It hasn’t just been me who has had to wait. You have to be patient. Now that the Champions League has started again we will all be needed.”
Elsewhere, many of the papers have covered Kevin Davies' apology to Tom Cleverley. In The Times, Gordon Tynan writes: "Bolton striker Kevin Davies has confirmed he spoke to Tom Cleverley following the tackle that left the Manchester United midfielder with ankle ligament damage and says the 22-year-old was 'fine' about it." Davies is quoted as saying: "I got his number and put a call in. I actually texted him and he rang me back, he said he'd seen the tackle and didn't think it was that bad."