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03/04/2013 09:06

Papers: One more shot

Richard Tanner of the Daily Express writes...

Rio's cup is full of regrets
Manchester United’s 1-0 defeat by Chelsea in the quarter-final replay on Monday was the 17th season in a row that veteran Ferdinand has experienced disappointment in the world’s oldest cup competition. And with time running out on his career, Ferdinand, 34, must feel he is destined to hang up his boots without winning the cup. He may have one last shot next season if, as seems likely, he signs the one-year contract set to be offered by United. But the way his luck has gone in the cup, Ferdinand will be fearing the worst. The only time one of his three clubs has won the competition – in 2004 when United beat Millwall – he was serving an eight-month suspension from the Football Association for missing a drugs test. Ferdinand may be heading for a sixth Premier League title, but he is not alone at United when it comes to FA Cup disappointment. Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Darren Fletcher – all survivors from the 2004 final – are the only players with winner’s medals.

The Times claims United will withdraw Old Trafford as a venue for the 2015 Rugby World Cup to avoid damage to the pitch. The Rugby Union tournament takes place between 18 September and 31 October amid a busy schedule of autumn fixtures in the domestic football calendar.

The Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph carry stories linking Paris Saint-Germain with an audacious summer move to sign Wayne Rooney. Both papers tout a fee of £20million. However, the Mirror reports on comments made by PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, saying: "He [Rooney] is a great player, he is one of the best strikers in the world. I think everyone would like to have him but if you want to talk about the fact, we didn't approach him."

Also in the Mirror, columnist Martin Lipton ponders whether a 20th league title for United could be Sir Alex Ferguson's last. “The burning desire remains undiminished, but Fergie has once again demonstrated his mastery over all comers,” Lipton writes.

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