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.

22/01/2008 12:10

Papers: City fans concerned

City plea to scrap silence for Munich


Manchester United have been urged not to hold a minute's silence at the Munich memorial match at Old Trafford - by fans from visiting rivals Manchester City. City fear a minority of their followers are intent on ruining proposed tributes at the Manchester derby to mark the 50th anniversary of the Munich air disaster, which claimed the lives of 23 people. Such is the concern a planned tribute could be marred that the official City Supporters' Club have written to United and urged them instead to have a minute's applause.
David McDonnell, Daily Mirror

United have since issued a response to this story.

Other tabloid tales include reaction to United's friendly defeat in Saudi Arabia ("Sheikh-en, not stirred" - Mirror), transfer rumours linking Phil Bardsley with Sunderland (The Sun) and ex-Reds midfielder David Beckham with Newcastle (Mirror), Ronaldo buying a Mercedes for his mum (The Sun) and Owen Hargreaves apparently writing off Liverpool's title hopes (The Sun) even before they dropped points against Aston Villa on Monday night.

The Sun also reports that United are helping Havant and Waterlooville to prepare for their FA Cup tie against Liverpool. The non-league team will train at The Cliff, the Reds' former training ground, now home to the club's Football In The Community programme.

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