Moyes 'set to axe' old guard: The Daily Mail reports that United manager David Moyes is seriously considering the future of the club’s most influential and loyal servants. Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra, Ryan Giggs and Michael Carrick, along with Fabio, will see their deals expire at the end of this season. The paper claims that all six are facing uncertain times at Old Trafford, with Ferdinand, 35 in a fortnight, the player who "should be the most twitchy".
Paper Round's view: It's a fair assumption to make that five of those six could well be gone by the end of the season. Only Carrick, and Giggs to some extent, are performing consistently well, and Giggs can't go on forever (can he?). The others are surely nearing the end of their Old Trafford careers, although Moyes must do far better in the transfer market next summer if he is to allow them to leave with any kind of confidence.
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Hart set for chop: Most papers report that Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart is set to be axed following his latest costly blunder against Chelsea. City boss Manuel Pellegrini has finally run out of patience with the gaffe-prone England number one, with the Daily Mirror claiming that Costel Pantilimon, who will play in tomorrow’s Capital One Cup fourth round tie at Newcastle, has been told he will keep his place if he impresses at St James’ Park.
Paper Round's view: There's a fine line between keeping faith in an off-colour keeper in the hope their confidence will be boosted and they regain form, and dropping them because they have become a liability and simply no more risks can be taken. What happens to the dropped keeper when he's on the bench? He needs game time to get back to where he once was but, as is the case with Hart, his errors have become too regular to ignore. In a way, Pellegrini will let fate decide the best course: Pantilimon was always going to play in the League Cup and it's now up to him to force Hart onto the bench. What could be interesting is if the stand-in keeper has a nightmare up in Newcastle.
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Agger considering Liverpool exit: Liverpool defender Dan Agger will think about leaving Anfield in January if he can't regain his place in the Liverpool starting XI, the Daily Telegraph reports. The paper claims that Barcelona and Arsenal "could offer the Denmark international a potential escape route" once the transfer window re-opens.
Paper Round's view: Agger seems to have missed the boat with Brendan Rodgers and as long as Martin Skrtel continues to perform to his current high standards alongside Kolo Touré and Mamadou Sakho in a three-man defence, the Dane's chances of getting back into the side appear bleak. He can impress as much as he wants in training, but until one of the other three slip up, he won't get a look-in. A move to Arsenal could be a great move for him though.
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Monaco interested in Kompany: Wealthy Ligue 1 club Monaco are weighing up making a January move for Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany, reports the Daily Express. The article claims that Monaco's owner Dmitry Rybolovlev is looking to shore up his defence, but would have to spend big to capture the Belgian.
Paper Round's view: Kompany is a rock at the heart of City's defence, so presumably Manuel Pellegrini would be loath to offload him. And it's hard to understand why he would quit City for Monaco - the usual argument of money doesn't wash when talking about a City player.
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