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.

Papers: Boss blasts Real

19/12/2008 10:26

Ferguson blasts Real Madrid
Sir Alex Ferguson has slammed Real Madrid's latest attempt to lure Cristiano Ronaldo, branding the Spanish club a "mob" with no morals. Real director Pedro Traporte claims a deal had been agreed with Manchester United to sign European Footballer of the Year Ronaldo for a world-record fee next summer. But Fergie blasted: "Do you think I would get into a contract with that mob? No chance. I wouldn't sell them a virus. There's absolutely no agreement at all between the clubs." Speaking after United secured their place in Sunday's FIFA Club World Cup Final, Fergie launched a withering attack on Real's unashamed tactics in trying to land winger Ronaldo. He admitted: "We've just got to ignore them. We've got a difficult programme of matches coming up and we just need to play our game and ignore them." Fergie said Real's claim was a blatant attempt to divert attention from La Liga where they languish in sixth place, 12 points adrift of leaders Barcelona.
David McDonnell, The Mirror

Many of the papers carry similar stories after Ferguson addressed the press after United’s 5-3 win against Gamba Osaka on Thursday.

Elsewhere, The Sun carry the manager’s quotes about the FA’s decision to publish their investigation into events at Stamford Bridge in April that led to Patrice Evra’s ban. “We’re disappointed with what they’ve done and I don’t think it’s very clever,” he said.

In transfer news, The Mirror claim French side Le Havre want to sign Angolan striker Manucho on loan.

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