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.

21/08/2007 08:24

Papers: No excuses

Owen: We're to blame


Owen Hargreaves admitted Manchester United cannot use the enforced absence of Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo as an excuse for their worst start to a Premier League season for 15 years. "They're key players and we would miss them at any time," said Hargreaves. "But we still should have won. We still had a great team out there [against Manchester City] and we were comfortable. It's a shame we only have two points from three matches because in those games we've dominated possession and could easily have won all three. We've played all this attractive football but not won games. We will get there. But we need to win games. That is the most important thing."
David McDonnell, Daily Mirror

Cristiano Ronaldo, who misses the Reds' next two games through suspension, is quoted in various papers as branding his red card at Portsmouth 'absurd and unjust'.

Several tabloids tip United to re-enter the transfer market for a striker before the August 31 deadline. Bolton's Nicolas Anelka is a popular prediction, while The Sun goes for Newcastle forward Obafemi Martins.

The Sun claims Tottenham manager Martin Jol may be forced out of White Hart Lane after telling the club to sell star striker and alleged United target Dimitar Berbatov. The Mirror claims the Dutchman may even be ousted before this weekend's trip to Old Trafford.

Round Up By Steve Bartram

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