Papers: Ronny is best ever
Charlton: Ronaldo is United's best ever
Sir Bobby Charlton paid newly-crowned European Footballer of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo the ultimate compliment by hailing him as the best player in Manchester United's history. Ronaldo became the first United hero to lift the prestigious Ballon d'Or for 40 years after being confirmed as the overwhelming winner last night, and will receive the award at a gala ceremony in Paris on Sunday. The 23-year-old, who scored 42 goals last season as United won the Premier League and Champions League, can now take his rightful place alongside Old Trafford legends and fellow former winners Denis Law (1964), Charlton (1966) and George Best (1968). But Charlton said Ronaldo can lay claim to being the most gifted United player ever because he is quicker and stronger than Best, who has long been regarded as their brightest star. "It was paradise watching George play, just as it is now with Ronaldo," said Charlton. "The difference is that Ronaldo is stronger and faster."David McDonnell, Daily Mirror
claims in the Telegraph
that his second yellow card in the Manchester derby was down to a misunderstanding and sportsmanship. Micah Richards
, Ronaldo claims, had cried out in pain, prompting him to attempt to catch the ball so that the City defender might receive treatment.
also features quotes from Inside United's Ask Sir Alex
column in which the manager predicts a thrilling four-horse title race.