WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

The extracts on this page are taken from selected national newspapers. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Manchester United.

Papers: Fletch for Europe

31/08/2012 08:28

Mark Ogden writes in The Telegraph...

Fletcher fit for return in Champions League
Darren Fletcher could secure a place in Manchester United’s 25-man Champions League squad after almost 10 months out of the game battling a debilitating bowel condition. Fletcher, who has not appeared for the first team since scoring in the European draw at home to Benfica last November, was placed on an extended break last December in an effort to improve his prospects of overcoming ulcerative colitis. United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has insisted that the 28 year-old will be afforded as much time as required to return to health and fitness, but Fletcher has made impressive progress since returning to training in recent weeks and is now challenging for a place in the Champions League squad, which must be submitted next Monday. Since making a surprise 30-minute appearance for United in a friendly against Aberdeen at Pittodrie earlier this month, Fletcher has gone on to twice complete 90 minutes for the club’s under-21 team against Stoke and Tottenham over the past fortnight.

Sir Alex spoke about Fletcher in Friday's press conference - see Today at OT.

The Express reports Fulham have agreed a £4million fee for Dimitar Berbatov. Cottagers boss Martin Jol, who signed Berba during his spell in charge at Tottenham, said: "There were a lot of clubs interested in Dimitar. I tried to do something months ago for Dimitar but it never came off. But, for him, now was the right moment."

Reds chief executive David Gill has dismissed suggestions Wayne Rooney could be sold as "absolute garbage". The striker is sidelined with the leg gash he suffered after coming off the bench against Fulham. And Gill is quoted in The Independent as saying: "He's definitely not for sale. I can categorically say there has been no discussion whatsoever."

There is coverage of the Champions League and Capital One Cup draws, with The Sun and others reporting Sir Alex’s reaction to the former.

More: Boss wishes Berbatov wellYoung out of Southampton clash

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