Papers: Peace over Patrice
United end Evra feud
Manchester United have kissed and made up with the Football Association over the Patrice Evra affair. The Premier League champions were fuming after the FA published the full report of the French defender’s improper conduct hearing on their website. Evra was handed a four-match ban after clashing with Chelsea groundstaff in a bust-up following April’s clash between the clubs at Stamford Bridge. Boss Alex Ferguson claimed he was ‘stunned’ at the outcome - and United were even more unhappy after the FA’s publication of the official transcript showed assistant manager Mike Phelan and others in a bad light. It led to FA chairman Lord Triesman and United chief executive David Gill meeting in Tokyo during the FIFA Club World Cup. That has finally led to the two parties patching things up. - Carl Long, The Sun
Elsewhere United players are quoted on their aims for 2009. Paul Scholes'
plan is to finish the season with six winners' medals - "Scholes has 6 appeal: trophy-hungry legend Paul wants ‘em all" (Daily Star
Oliver Holt uses his column to praise Martin O'Neill following a successful first half to Aston Villa's season - and to link the former Celtic boss with the Old Trafford hotseat again. "It is being said that O'Neill's achievements make him the only candidate whenever it is decided that Fabio Capello has had enough time in charge (of England). That may be right. It's equally possible that if Sir Alex Ferguson quits suddenly at the end of this season or next, O'Neill will be his successor as the manager of Manchester United."What The Papers Say
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