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11/12/2008 10:33

Papers: Heroo and villain

Heroo and villain
Wayne Rooney showed the good, the bad and the downright ugly as United battled out an unsatisfactory draw. The good came with his seventh goal of the season - which at least rescued a draw from this match with the Danish minnows. The bad came in the form of some wayward shooting. The ugly saw him kick, stamp and even elbow the opposition. A stricter ref than Frenchman Laurent Duhamel would have seen him walk, as the England striker completely lost his cool. The worst he got was a talking-to. And if he acts like this later in the competition, it could have serious consequences for United as they need him more than any other player. Why does he do it, when he possesses such talent and skill?
Neil Custis, The Sun

Several papers suggest Wayne could be in hot water with the UEFA for one challenge in particular. The Guardian quotes the Aalborg player on the receiving end, Kasper Risgard: "I don't know what he was thinking but he jumped on my chest. I don't know why but I think he was a little bit frustrated."

Other stories in the papers include Sir Bobby Charlton presenting Cristiano Ronaldo with the Ballon d'Or before the Aalborg match and backing the Portuguese ace to "lead Europe for a decade" (Daily Express).

Previews of next Friday's Champions League draw compare United with possible last 16 opponents Real Madrid. Ex-Spurs boss Juande Ramos is now the 23rd (!) manager Real have had since Sir Alex Ferguson took charge at Old Trafford in 1986 (The Sun).

The other team the press would love United to play in Europe's last 16 is Internazionale, for obvious reasons. "Beware Jose" reads the Daily Mail.

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