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23/12/2008 09:38

Papers: Mr Motivator

Lose and You're History
Sir Alex Ferguson warned his stars they would blow their season if they failed to capture the World Club Cup. Manchester United’s boss gave one of his classic motivational speeches to ensure their 12,000-mile round trip to Japan was worth it. Rio Ferdinand was captain on Sunday as United beat South American champions Liga de Quito 1-0 with a Wayne Rooney goal. And he revealed: “The manager’s team talk before the game hit the nail on the head. In fact, he hit a lot of things on the head that were needed for us to get into gear. We spoke before the game about how, if we lost, it could have a big effect on us for the rest of the season. Sometimes you need to be told the basics and reminded about what got us to where we were last year and the year before. Great players need reminding - and we have a few of them in our squad. This could be a defining point in our season.”
Neil Custis, The Sun

Following the uproar caused by the FA's decision to ban Patrice Evra for four matches, FA Chairman Lord Triesman insists there is no anti-United agenda, saying: “I have no sense from anybody inside Soho Square that anybody has it in for Manchester United."

The Daily Mail reveals that United have given Tottenham written permission to field on-loan striker Fraizer Campbell in their FA Cup campaign - although he remains ineligible for Spurs' Carling Cup run.

In transfer news, United and Chelsea are set to battle it out for £20million-rated Belgian midfielder Axel Witsel, according to the Daily Telegraph.

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