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From the Back Pages: a roundup of recent Manchester United news

Will Patrice Evra and Rio Ferdinand be dropped at Everton as retribution for United's recent poor performances versus Manchester City and Liverpool?
Will Patrice Evra and Rio Ferdinand be dropped at Everton as retribution for United's recent poor performances versus Manchester City and Liverpool?

Here is roundup of recent reads on Manchester United:

* Is Sir Alex Ferguson set to drop some players for Everton as retribution for the derby nightmare? This piece suggests Darren Fletcher and Anderson will be dropped for Tom Cleverley and Michael Carrick this Saturday when Manchester United travel to Goodison Park. It is also hinted that other players could be dropped. {Mirror Football}

* This read further suggests that the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Patrice Evra, Jonny Evans, Anderson, Nani, Fletcher, and Ashley Young should be feeling vulnerable. It is suggested that these changes are usually not made en masse but the recent poor performances by United versus Manchester City and Liverpool FC may result in more drastic action. {Guardian}

* 1985 was a dark time for English football. Here is a read on the forgotten story of the English Super Cup. English clubs were banned from European competition and this Super Cup was an attempt at compensation -- both for footballing and financial reasons. {Guardian}

* From the club's official website is a look at United's Scandinavian stars. The likes of Peter Schmeichel, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Jesper Blomqvist, and others are discussed. {}

* Historically, cup competitions have provided solace to Untied after thrashings before. Perhaps Tuesday's night match versus Aldershot Town was the shot in the arm that United needed. {ESPN Soccernet}

* In case you missed it, here is TBB's tactical review of United's 3-0 away victory at Aldershot. Included are post-match quotes from Fergie, Michael Owen, and Ben Amos. {The Busby Babe}

* Ji-Sung Park feels that Everton will be a tough match on Saturday. But he also feels that Goodison Park could provide a remedy for United if a good performance occurs. {}

* This news occurred earlier in the week but in the case that you missed it, here is a write-up of Nemanja Vidic's retirement from international football. {ESPN Soccernet}

*Chris Smalling is willing to play in both the Olympics and Euro 2012 next summer, but his prioritiy currently is with United. The Reds' defender is likely to fight for first-choice selection at Euro 2012 at either center-back or right-back. It still seems unlikely that he would participate at both the Olympics in England and Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine. {Manchester Evening News}

* The reason of Wayne Rooney's three-match ban for England has been delayed by UEFA. As it stands now, Wazza is to be banned from all of England's group-stage ties next summer at Euro 2012. {M.E.N.}

* An interesting read on Fergie's best ever 25 signings for United. Recent signings such as Javier Hernandez (Chicharito), Nemanja Vidic, and Patrice Evra are discussed. Is there anybody not included that you feel should have been mentioned? {M.E.N.}

* Praise for youngster Michael Keane after making his senior side debut on Tuesday at Aldershot. Reserves manager Warren Joyce praises Keane and Larnell Cole for their consistency in training this season. {}

* Fergie says that Antonio Valencia is not quite 100% and that he needs more games. {}

Be sure to check in with us tomorrow for a recap of Fergie's pre-match press conference ahead of Saturday's tie at Everton. A full injury update will be provided as will any other team news.