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.

29/04/2008 10:59

Papers: Boss hits back

Fergie: We're no chokers
Sir Alex Ferguson has hit back at his critics, claiming: "We are not cracking up." United have drawn three and lost one of their last four games. A poor performance in the Nou Camp has left them goalless going into the second leg of the Champions League semi-final with Barcelona at Old Trafford tonight. But when asked on the eve of the game if his team was beginning to run out of steam, the fiery Scot visibly bristled. Ferguson said: “We should actually be sitting here right now as champions of the Premier League but bad decisions have gone against us. Having said that, back in August, with 38 games to go, it was our aim to win the league. Now we have two games to go and the title is still in our own hands. It does not matter what went before, whether we should have been given 50 penalties or had 50 penalties given against us. The point is we have two games left to win the title and are in a semi-final of the Champions League. Disaster!"
Neil Custis, The Sun

Ahead of the Champions League semi-final second leg, Ryan Giggs has urged his United team-mates to seize the moment against Barca. "It is a European Cup semi-final at Old Trafford, that's why you become a footballer," he said. "These games don't come around too often, so you have to go and make the most of it and enjoy yourself."

Thierry Henry has insulted United fans by claiming they do not compare to Liverpool’s.

Barcelona have vowed to make Cristiano Ronaldo pay for his penalty miss. Barca boss Frank Rijkaard said: “If we go through they will talk here about the missed penalty. If we get to the final the pressure will be on Ronaldo.

In other news, Roque Santa Cruz has pledged his long-term future to Blackburn Rovers after being linked with a summer move to Old Trafford.

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