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Witsel on United radar
Sir Alex Ferguson was scheduled to watch Axel Witsel play for Benfica against Chelsea in the Champions League quarter-final, first-leg last night. The Manchester United manager has been tracking the Belgium midfielder, 23, who is value at in excess of £20million and signed a five-year contract when he moved from Standard Liege in July. He received death threats after he broke Marcin Wasilewski's leg by stamping on the Pole's ankle during the match between Anderlecht and Liege in 2009.
Meanwhile, The Sun carry quotes from Michael Owen, who's ruled out playing into his late 30s like Ryan Giggs. He does, however, insist he still has a couple of years left at the top. "My body feels as though it can play and my mind wants to and I think I still have another two or three years left. Some players are struggling to get out of bed and complain about their knees or Achilles. I never get pains like that. It is probably strange to hear that because people know I am injured. But joint-wise, I feel great."
Rio Ferdinand appears in a lot of the papers, including The Mirror, where he's revealed he was taken off against Fulham as a mere precaution. "I came off with a stiff back, just as a precaution," he said. "But it's fine. There are no problems."
Rio also revealed United "know what it takes" to win matches at this time of the season. "We’ve got comfort in the knowledge that we can create chances and remain calm."