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23/05/2013 07:51

Papers: Tributes to Brian

David Anderson writes in The Mirror...

Former England and United star dies aged 60
Lou Macari has led the tributes to former Manchester United defender Brian Greenhoff, who died today. Macari played alongside Greenhoff when Tommy Docherty’s United upset Liverpool to win the FA Cup in 1977. Macari remembers his old pal as a classy centre-half, but, above all, as someone who loved playing for United. He said: “Any fan who followed United during Brian’s time will remember him as an honest, hard-working player. He enjoyed highlights like the Cup win in 1977, but the biggest thrill and highlight Brian ever had was representing United. He loved United and he loved playing for them. If you look at any pictures from Wembley in ’77, you’ll see there right in the thick of it, Brian. He was unlike the typical British centre-halves who followed, and him and Martin Buchan weren’t huge in size. But both of them could read the game, both were quick and both were fine footballers. He was quite quiet, Brian, but beneath that quiet exterior there was a quick wit.”

The same paper says Roy Hodgson plans to play Phil Jones at centre-half during England’s forthcoming friendlies with Brazil and Republic of Ireland. The Reds defender has previously played in midfield and at full-back, but Three Lions boss Hodgson now wants to try the 21-year-old in the middle: “I am under the impression - and I haven’t worked enough with him to be able to say definitively that this is what I think - that he is a centre-half. He came to United as a centre-half and I think that’s where he’d want to play.”

Elsewhere, the Daily Mail suggests United might be interesting in signing Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen.

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