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.

25/04/2008 09:25

Papers: Vidic set to return

Vidic ready for Bridge

United received a welcome boost last night with the news that Nemanja Vidic is expected to be fit to face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge tomorrow lunchtime as the club prepare for the first of two matches in four days that will define their season. Vidic missed United’s goalless draw in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final against Barcelona at the Nou Camp on Wednesday after being admitted to hospital with a stomach infection, but the club are confident that he will be available to play in the potential title decider against Chelsea in the Barclays Premier League and the return leg against the Catalan giants at Old Trafford on Tuesday.
James Ducker, The Times

Ahead of the game, Sir Alex Ferguson has warned Chelsea that United are determined to win the title tomorrow and prove they are back as English football's No.1 team. However, Chelsea defender Ricardo Carvalho has different ideas. He's compared the Premier League title race to the Tour de France - and claims the wheels are about to come off United's season. Carvalho is convinced Chelsea can blow the championship wide open by beating the Reds at Stamford Bridge.

In other news, Nani reveals admits he had to pick Cristiano Ronaldo up off the floor following his Champions League penalty blunder. “I had to comfort Cristiano in the changing room after the game as he was very down after missing the penalty," revealed the winger.

Meanwhile, Barcelona president Joan Laporta has told United: We’re going to turn the Theatre of Dreams into your worst nightmare. Laporta taunted Sir Alex men by claiming the Catalan giants have more quality, talent and class.

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