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: Advantage Arsenal

11/02/2008 09:12

United hand title advantage to Arsenal


Manchester United handed the title advantage to Arsenal as Sven Goran Eriksson celebrated Manchester City's "perfect" day. With Chelsea and Liverpool sharing a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge, the smiles all belonged to Eriksson and Arsene Wenger, whose Arsenal side can stretch their lead to five points against Blackburn tonight. Eriksson laid a wreath in the centre circle before the City fans joined in an impeccably observed minute's silence to remember the 23 victims of the Munich air disaster 50 years ago. And then the Swede oversaw City's first win at Old Trafford since 1974.
David McDonnell, The Mirror

Most of the papers praised the capacity crowd's behaviour during the minute's silence, with The Times noting the City fans earned applause from Sir Alex Ferguson for their role in the tributes. "The only interruption," the paper noted, "came from outside the ground, where six fireworks were let off."

Meanwhile, The Guardian report Sir Alex "did not linger at Old Trafford in the wake of a defeat which will have dented his pride". Ferguson left the ground almost immediately, to catch a flight to South Africa in order to promote United's summer tour.

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