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.

23/04/2008 07:45

Papers: Time to deliver

Let's make history
The presence of the likes of Brian Kidd, Denis Irwin and Pat Crerand as guests on the official Manchester United flight to Spain on Tuesday was enough to stir memories of the club's greatest moments. Whatever the modern crop of players achieve, they will do well to top the European Cup successes of 1968 and 1999. In the past, however, lurks danger — at least in the mind of the ever-pragmatic Ferguson. To the United manager, former glories are there to learn from, not romanticise. And so Ferguson will send his players out to face Barcelona with a simple message. He said: "I don't know what the players talk about, but they know all about 1999. They have all seen it. It is on the MUTV re-runs all the time. What happened back then is not lost on anybody. But it is almost 10 years ago now. What is more important is how they can shape their own history."
Ian Ladyman, Daily Mail

The Mail also report that Nemanja Vidic missed training on Tuesday evening after being taken to hospital with a stomach complaint.

Meanwhile, Wayne Rooney says he's desperate to help United reach the Champions League final and be part of the best-ever United team. “When you play you are always looking at former teams and you look at how good they were," he said. "You want to be better than them and become part of United’s history. I hope we can become the best-ever United team.”

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