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Thursday, November 1, 2007

Gary Neville starts comeback as Arsenal loom

Gary Neville is expected to be in Manchester United's squad for their Premier League summit meeting with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, if he emerges unscathed from a seven-month injury lay-off in an outing for United's reserves tonight.
United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has arranged for Neville to play in the Manchester Senior Cup tie against Stockport County at Northwich Victoria's Victoria Stadium, less than 48 hours before the clash with Arsene Wenger's unbeaten Premier League leaders.
Neville, 32, has been sidelined with ankle and calf injuries since limping out of the 4-1 Old Trafford victory against Bolton Wanderers on March 17.
The England defender was due to return to action in a reserve game against Liverpool three weeks ago, but a lack of match fitness prompted Ferguson to abandon that initial comeback plan.
Mark Ogden, The Telegraph

Messi awestruck by Tevez form

Barcelona prodigy Lionel Messi has been highly impressed by the form of compatriot Carlos Tevez since his summer move to United.

Tevez has four United goals to his name, but it has been his scintillating strike partnership with Wayne Rooney that has really captured the attention of the football world.

“Carlos is making a big difference for Manchester United this season," said Messi. “His partnership with Rooney is already something special and I think it will only get better.

“Although they play and move similarly to one another on the pitch, they are going to help Manchester United a lot. They will scare defenders everywhere.

“Those who play the game well understand each other immediately. Good players always manage to play well together."

With Tevez and United in such top form already this season, Messi sees the Reds as genuine contenders for this season's Champions League title - along with Barca.

“Barcelona and United are both great teams," he said. "And they are real candidates for the Champions League.” Read more...