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.

21/01/2008 11:42

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 Mirror

The 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."

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