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.

22/07/2008 09:27

Papers: Wenger slams Real

Arsene Wenger backs Fergie in hammering Real on Ronaldo
Arsene Wenger has for once thrown his weight behind Sir Alex Ferguson by accusing Real Madrid of "destabilising" Cristiano Ronaldo. Wenger's spats with Fergie have become legendary in the Frenchman's 12 years as Gunners boss - their rows adding spice to Arsenal's battles with Manchester United for the title. But Wenger reckons his old adversary has every right to moan about the way Real have gone about trying to poach Portuguese wing wizard Ronaldo. "If you don't show respect to other clubs, I think that football is moving in the wrong way," said Wenger. "You cannot come out like president Ramon Calderon has done at Real Madrid with Manchester United, and tell them they cannot stop a player from leaving. You can destabilise any player in the world - that is irresponsible. The big clubs should have values and vision, and be setting an example to others. If we do not do that in football, then we do not understand our responsibilities."
Tom Collomosse, The Mirror

Most of the nationals cover Ferguson's assertion from Monday's press conference in Durban that Ronaldo would be making a mistake if he moved to the Bernabeu.

The Daily Mail claims Tottenham have submitted 'evidence' to the Premier League which supports their complaint over United's alleged pursuit of Dimitar Berbatov. Sir Alex has already dismissed quotes attributed to him last week regarding the Bulgarian striker.

The Sun carries an interview with John Terry in which the Chelsea captain admits he is still haunted by his penalty miss in May's Champions League final defeat to United.

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