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06/02/2013 09:22

Papers: Roy's Real vow

Charlie Wyett writes in The Sun...

Roy: I’ll look after United
Roy Hodgson is on a mission to help Manchester United win the Champions League. The England boss has promised not to overuse strikers Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck against Brazil tonight as United face Real Madrid next week. He said: “It’s pretty obvious Alex Ferguson would like me to go easy on his players. I’ve not spoken to Alex but I don’t need to. I was a club manager myself. This is a friendly, a very important one. We want to win it, play well and keep progressing — but I don’t want to do that at the expense of players missing important Champions League games and then managers being reluctant to release their players.” Hodgson is also likely to go easy on Tom Cleverley and Chris Smalling, Fergie’s other players in the squad for the sell-out Wembley clash. But he will field a strong side, with Rooney and Welbeck set to start.

In the Daily Star, Asmir Begovic admits he expects to be sold in the summer – but insists he has not already agreed to join United. The Stoke City goalkeeper has said: “I read in the papers that I said no to City and yes to United. But the truth is, I haven’t decided on anything. I didn’t say yes or no to anybody. I haven’t signed anything – no contract, no pre-contract.”

Elsewhere, Robin van Persie has spoken to the Dutch media about life at United, saying “I go into work every day whistling as from the first day they’ve made me feel welcome.” The Reds striker also discusses the forthcoming clash with Real Madrid and working under coach Rene Meulensteen. You can read more in Today at Old Trafford.

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