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Young’s mission to relight his fire
Ashley Young’s progress from the knee injury sustained against Fulham to his probable availability for selection against Stoke City has largely gone uncharted. Wayne Rooney’s gashed leg commanded columns of newspapers, web pages and TV airtime and was granted an almost daily bulletin. Nemanja Vidic’s cartilage operation was major news for United and nationwide. Reds fans are ticking off the days to when the Serbian defender can be available to Sir Alex Ferguson again. Yet Young’s road to recovery has been very much an anonymous and unrecorded path. United fans have not exactly been demanding news of the 27-year-old winger and the topic has rarely surfaced at Fergie’s press conferences. It is something of a mystery for a player who started off like a train at Old Trafford following his £18m move from Aston Villa last summer. It all adds up to a major test for Young. Shaking off the knee injury that has cost him the last eight United matches might have been the easiest part of his rehab.
The Sun says Kiko Macheda is set to quit United in the New Year. The tabloid features quotes from the striker’s agent Giovanni Bia, who says: “He wants to play and if he cannot do so by January then we’ll try to find an alternative solution.”
Elsewhere, The Guardian reports how Rio Ferdinand convinced Cristiano Ronaldo to hand his Portugal shirt, worn on his 100th international appearance, to ex-Red Oliver Norwood after Northern Ireland earned a creditable 1-1 draw in Porto on Tuesday.
Of course, today’s papers are also filled with England reaction after Wayne Rooney scored against Poland in Warsaw on Wednesday afternoon.