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18/04/2013 08:42

Papers: No Carrick conflict

The Sun's Colin Trott writes...

No issues for Carrick
Michael Carrick insists Alex Ferguson has never told him to pull out of an England squad. The Manchester United boss’ role in Rio Ferdinand’s withdrawal from Roy Hodgson’s squad last month has come under scrutiny. It was claimed Fergie put pressure on the defender to pull out to save him for United’s title push. But Carrick said: “I have never had anything from the manager saying pull yourself out or anything in that manner because it’s not in his nature. We have got players who travel the world to play international football. If you have got the best players, or the better players, then international football is part of it. I don’t see a club v country row.” Carrick was largely overlooked by Fabio Capello during his stint as England boss. He added: “I’d have loved to have had more caps but what’s gone has gone. You can’t look back too much.”

All the papers reflect on United's 2-2 draw at West Ham, while the Daily Mail and Telegraph report that United have lost the top spot in the Forbes list of the most valuable teams, for the first time since 2004, to Real Madrid. Madrid are valued at £2.15billion with the Reds at £2.07billion.

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