Papers: Boss denies gesture
Fergie denies gesture
Sir Alex Ferguson last night denied deliberately making an abusive gesture towards Reading fans during Manchester United's 2-0 weekend win. The United boss faces trial by television after allegedly goading Reading supporters in his over-zealous celebrations that followed Cristiano Ronaldo's decisive stoppage-time goal at the Stadium. Fergie had been involved in a touchline bust-up with Reading assistant boss Wally Downes after the fourth official decided on four additional minutes, with United clinging to a one-goal advantage. But last night, after United touched down in Riyah for today's testimonial for former Saudia Arabia international Sami Al-Jaber, Fergie protested his innocence and denied he had done anything to purposefully antagonise the Reading fans. "All I was doing was expressing my relief at winning what was one of our hardest games of the season," he said.David McDonnell, Daily MirrorThe Sun
compares Cristiano Ronaldo
to George Best
after the winger ran the length of the pitch to score his 23rd goal of the season. Best’s record of 32 goals in a season is now well within Ronaldo’s reach.
Reading captain Graeme Murty
was left fuming after his prized Ronaldo
shirt was pinched from the dressing room after the Reds' 2-0 on Saturday. Murty already has a list of suspects amongst the Royals' staff and jokingly warned "legs would be broken" when he discovers the culprit.
In other news, United insist they are not guilty of greed after touching down in Saudi Arabia
to play an exhibition match which will earn them around £1million. "We get lots of opportunities to play overseas," explained Chief Executive David Gill
. "I always discuss them with Alex and if it didn't work out with the football side, we wouldn't do it."