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.

10/04/2008 11:34

Papers: Ryan's rave review

Ryan silences his critics
"Ryan Giggs began the week faced with a storm of criticism. Callers to Manchester United's own TV station were blaming him for the draw at Middlesbrough. Giggs played through the middle in the second half on Sunday and struggled at the Riverside. Even Alex Ferguson screamed at him for failing to latch on to a through ball from Park Ji-sung. For some time people have questioned whether the 34-year-old's shelf-life is up at Old Trafford. Last night he reminded the Reds faithful just what he is still all about before he was replaced by Wayne Rooney on 73 minutes. Giggs may have lost a yard of pace but there will be few 30-somethings still as quick as him with the ball at his feet. And that ball still sticks to his majestic left foot."
Neil Custis, The Sun

The papers are full of reaction to United's Champions League defeat of Roma. The Sun reports on Gary Neville's "delight at finally ending his injury hell" and of Sir Alex Ferguson's excitement about the prospect of taking on 2006 European champions Barcelona in the semi-final. "Barcelona are a wonderful club but we want to go there and show them how special this team is."

Elsewhere, the Daily Mirror's Oliver Holt assesses the Reds' chances of winning the tournament, concluding that "this United side is undisputedly a team on the rise" and deciding that "they have a better chance than they did nine years ago." 

Round Up By Richard Abbott

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