WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

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24/01/2013 08:50

Papers: Young sidelined

Sami Mokbel writes in the Daily Mail...

United land Zaha as Young is sidelined
Manchester United have clinched a £15million deal for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha... as it emerged Ashley Young will miss their Champions League double-header against Real Madrid with a knee problem. Young limped off in the 2-1 win over Liverpool on January 13 after a collision with Daniel Agger and Sportsmail understands the winger has damaged his left medial ligament so will miss at least another four weeks.  United manager Sir Alex Ferguson hoped to include Young in his squad to face Tottenham last weekend but the winger was ruled out after medical tests. Young's club and England team-mate Wayne Rooney also gave United cause for some concern when he pulled up during training in the Middle East on Wednesday. Rooney recently missed three weeks with a knee problem and only returned to action in the FA Cup replay victory over West Ham a week ago. On Wednesday he was seen grimacing and holding his left thigh and it remains to be seen if the striker is in contention for this weekend's FA Cup fourth round clash with Fulham at Old Trafford.

Neil Custis of The Sun claims United are ready to make a £10million summer bid for Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama after Sir Alex was spotted watching the 21-year-old Kenyan during Celtic’s 4-0 win over Dundee on Tuesday. However, Celtic chief Neil Lennon reportedly wants to keep a player he bought from Belgian side Beerschot in 2011 for £900,000.

Elsewhere, Gary Neville has been accused of being biased towards the Reds in his role a Sky pundit – by controversial broadcaster Richard Keys. Speaking on his Talksport radio show, Keys also claimed the United legend cannot combine his television duties with his other role as an England coach.

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