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Wednesday media watch [11.12.13 PM]: Herd tipped to shine

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Wednesday media watch [11.12.13 PM]: Herd tipped to shine

*The extracts on this page are taken from various newspapers and media outlets. They do not necessarily reflect the views of Aston Villa.

Express and Star: Villa comeback kid Chris Herd was today backed to plug the gap left by the crocked Ron Vlaar. Team-mate Ciaran Clark believes Herd will aid Villa's efforts after almost a year on the sidelines.

ClubCall: Ashley Young has warned old club Aston Villa that Manchester United are out to end their winning run in the Midlands on Sunday. The winger, who left Villa for United in 2011, believes his side's Champions League victory over Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday will give the team confidence heading into Sunday's big clash.

ESPN: Alexander Buttner said he is ready and able to replace Patrice Evra against Aston Villa on Sunday if Manchester United's first-choice left-back is not fit. France international Evra, 32, did not train on Monday and missed United's 1-0 Champions League win over Shakhtar Donetsk, although he is not expected to be a long-term absentee.

ClubCall: Ciaran Clark has welcomed Chris Herd's return to fitness - even if it means his place in defence comes under greater threat. Herd made his first appearance for Aston Villa in more than 11 months in Sunday's defeat at Fulham when he came in at the back for skipper Ron Vlaar, who missed out with a calf problem.

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BBC Sport: Wesley Sneijder's late winner in snowy Istanbul sent Galatasaray into the Champions League last 16 and knocked their visitors Juventus out as they completed Tuesday's abandoned tie.

BBC Sport: Manager David Moyes says Manchester United are among the favourites for the Champions League but need to improve.

Sky Sports: Leighton Baines has given Everton supporters a boost by suggesting he may return from injury sooner than expected.

*The extracts on this page are taken from various newspapers and media outlets. They do not necessarily reflect the views of Aston Villa.

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By @AVFCOfficial 11th December 2013