WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

The extracts on this page are taken from selected national newspapers. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Manchester United.

Papers: RvP out?

12/09/2012 08:22

The Sun reports...

Van Damned by injury scare
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson had an injury scare over Robin van Persie last night. The hotshot, who has four goals in three games for United, limped out of Holland’s 4-1 win over Hungary in Group D with a thigh injury. But Dutch manager Louis van Gaal confirmed the half-time substitution was precautionary.

The Guardian quotes Netherlands manager van Gaal explaining, “We took off Robin for precautionary measures. It doesn't seem to be too serious, but you never know. We didn't want to take any risks.”

Elsewhere, The Mirror claims Sir Alex will hand Alex Büttner his first-team debut against Wigan Athletic on Saturday, dropping long-term left back Patrice Evra to the bench. The tabloid says the Dutch import has impressed the manager since signing from Vitesse Arnhem, having played twice for the Under-21s, including last night's friendly at Stalybridge.

The papers are understandably filled with reaction to last night’s international matches, with some focusing on Tom Cleverley’s display during England’s 1-1 draw with Ukraine. Meanwhile, the Daily Express reports the recent meeting between Sir Alex and Pep Guardiola in New York, suggesting the pair discussed handing over the managerial reigns at Old Trafford next summer.

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