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.

21/02/2013 08:55

Papers: A tribute to Gill

David McDonnell writes in The Mirror...

Fergie’s ultimate tribute to David Gill
It speaks volumes about how highly Sir Alex Ferguson rates David Gill that he referred to United’s outgoing chief executive as “my boss”. Ferguson is seen as the laird of Old Trafford, for his 26 years in charge and the power and control sustained success has brought him during that glittering spell. But Ferguson’s respect for Gill, and the role he has played in United’s success during his 10 years as chief executive, came with the ultimate tribute. “I’ve been at United for over 26 years and for 23 of those years my boss has been one of only two men – Martin Edwards, who brought me to the club – and David,” said Ferguson. “David has been a magnificent chief executive. Of course, we’ve had a million arguments, but I have always enjoyed them because I know that David has two great qualities: he is straight and he always puts Manchester United first. “No disagreement is ever personal with him. He always wants the best for United, whether it’s the players, the training ground or the staff.” Ferguson alluded to “a million arguments” with Gill in his tribute, but the reality is that the unlikely alliance between the working-class Glaswegian and the well-spoken chartered accountant proved hugely successful. Gill oversaw the acquisition of Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick, Nemanja Vidic and Robin van Persie during his time as CEO, with Ferguson considering him a key ally, confidante and friend.

Elsewhere, The Sun claims Robert Lewandowski could sign for the Reds this summer - despite claims the Borussia Dortmund striker is set for a switch to Bayern Munich. Reports in Germany suggested Bayern were most likely to land the 24-year-old, but his agent Cezary Kucharski has since revealed United are still in the hunt, saying: “Many clubs are interested in the player, in particular Manchester United.  Bayern Munich? I know something, but no further details.”

The same paper claims QPR's Loic Remy is set to miss Saturday’s clash with United at Loftus Road. The £8million January signing from Marseille has been nursing a groin injury and only returned to full training on Monday.

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