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18/05/2012 09:15

Papers: Reds can compete

Anthony Kastrinakis writes in The Sun...

City can outbid us every time
Manchester United chief executive David Gill has admitted noisy neighbours City will always outmuscle his club when it comes to luring top stars. But Gill warned a player will always choose United ahead of City if they want history, romance and playing in front of a huge crowd. City and United are set to slug it out for Lille’s £35million attacking midfielder Eden Hazard this summer and Gill said: "It depends a bit on the player and his advisers and agent. If that player says ‘It will just come down to a money thing’ then they may out-muscle us. But that’s their choice, we still pay very good salaries. But a player coming to Manchester United has the benefit of our history, heritage and playing in front of 76,000 every week."

Most of the newspapers report that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the new favourite to take over at Aston Villa after the Molde manager held talks with owner Randy Lerner.

A lot of press coverage also goes to Michael Owen after he was not offered a new contract at Old Trafford. The striker's assertion to Sky Sports that he wants to stay in the Barclays Premier League has hit the headlines while Neil Warnock, the Leeds manager, is quoted as saying the former Real Madrid striker "wasted a season" at United.

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