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Tuesday Kickoff: Man Utd eyes Hazard, Everton to face Liverpool and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

When Paul Scholes ultimately decides to hang up his cleats, Manchester United will need to replace their masterful midfielder with someone capable of filling his role.

That someone could be Eden Hazard.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson spent this past Saturday watching Lille suffer a 2-1 loss to Lyon, and he was reportedly scouting the Belgian international ahead of this summer's transfer window. Ferguson is expected to sign a midfielder to his team this summer after failing to acquire one last offseason.

Tottenham, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City are all also reportedly keen on acquiring the 21-year-old Hazard.

Here are more stories from Tuesday morning:

EVERTON AND LIVERPOOL SET TO SQUARE OFF IN MERSEYSIDE DERBY

Everton manager David Moyes will be celebrating his 10th anniversary as a manager on Tuesday, and he hopes to do so with a win in the Merseyside Derby. Everton will visit Liverpool looking to add to the Reds' woes while also trying to keep their five-match unbeaten run in league play alive. The match should be a good one as Tim Howard will take on the likes of Luis Suarez and Craig Bellamy.

TEVEZ SET TO TRAIN WITH MAN CITY'S FIRST TEAM

Carlos Tevez's time training with Manchester City's reserves appears all but over.

Having practiced with the reserves the last few days, Tevez is expected to begin training with the club's first team in an effort to improve his fitness ahead of his potential return. In fact, the Argentine striker could make his debut as soon as March 21 when Manchester City takes on Chelsea.

The last time Tevez played in an official match for Manchester City was on Sept. 21, 2011 in a Carling Cup win over Birmingham City.

ADRIANO AND CORINTHIANS AGREE TO PART WAYS

After spending one year with Corinthians, Adriano is headed for the club's exit door. The former Brazilian international and Corinthians mutually agreed to terminate his contract, ending a deal that was supposed to see him stick around until June 2013. This is just the latest bit of bad news for Adriano, who has had drinking, depression and weight problems in recent years.

FULHAM LOSE GRYGERA FOR SEASON

Fulham defender Zdenek Grygera will miss the remainder of the Premiership campaign after undergoing two surgeries to repair his damaged ACL. Grygera sustained the knocked in a Premiership match versus Tottenham in November. He was originally expected to be out six months, but is still three-and-a-half months away from returning to the field. In his first season with Fulham, the Czech played in five league games. 

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Think Hazard would be a good replacement for Scholes? Happy that Tevez is on the brinking of returning to first-team soccer with Man City? Worried Adriano's career might be over?

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Comments

  1. Maybe Sir Alex will employ an all winger lineup of Young, Valencia, Nani and Hazard. The lack of finding suitable replacements for the central mid is a bit perplexing. Carrick, Fletcher and Anderson are either not good enough or injured often.

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  2. Ha, I’ve wondered (and commented) about this before. Every other ad for me makes sense based on history, except for the random ethnicity dating sites. I get all kinds depending on the day: thai, brazilian, mexican, russian, etc etc etc.

    And I too never visit or google dating sites. I’m at work for F’s sake!

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  3. Too bad about Adriano. So much potential…yet such a waste of talent.

    How about Freddy Adu to replace Scholes at Man United?

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  4. That exactly what I was thinking. Plus I think all this talk of replacing Scholes is silly. Cleaverly is clearly the pick and he’s just about fit so seeing what he can do during the the final streach should be fun.

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