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31/12/2012 09:52

Papers: Sir Alex turns 71

David McDonnell writes in The Mirror

Clarke pays tribute to Sir Fergie
West Brom boss Steve Clarke paid tribute to “grumpy Scot” Sir Alex Ferguson on the eve of his 71st birthday. Clarke, who began his playing career as a teenager under Fergie at St Mirren, said no manager would ever match the Manchester United boss in terms of longevity. “I don’t know if I’d last until 71,” said Clarke. “The way the game has gone, it’s more short-term now and it will be really difficult, if not impossible, to match his achievements. It will be much harder to build a dynasty and be in a job as long as he has been. I’ve met a few grumpy 70-year-olds and he is a typical grumpy Scot. He hasn’t lost his hunger or his desire. I worked with Sir Bobby Robson at a similar age and he was maybe not quite as aggressive but he was the same. He had that determination and will to win. It’s great to see.”

The same paper claims United will launch an £8million bid for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha this week, while The Sun speculates the Reds could resign Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid for £60million plus David De Gea and Nani next summer.

Meanwhile, the Daily Star and the Guardian report Sir Alex's assertion that Nani is going nowhere in January.

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