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25/03/2008 09:31

Papers: Chelsea clash key

Crown Fergie At The Bridge
United head for Stamford Bridge on April 26 and, if they’ve won the four games before and then beat Chelsea, they can’t be caught. What would make that extra sweet for United fans is that they had to sit and suffer in West London two years ago as Chelsea won 3-0 to celebrate the title on a day that Wayne Rooney broke a metatarsal. United’s Patrice Evra described the remaining fixtures as “seven finals”. In fact, if United win the next five, which includes the visit of Arsenal on April 13, they simply can’t be overtaken. Manager Sir Alex Ferguson acknowledged: “I think Chelsea hold the key. We’ve still got to go to Stamford Bridge where they’ve got a formidable record.”
Bill Thornton, Daily Star

Elsewhere, the topic of respect is filling the column inches after Javier Mascherano's petulant display towards referee Steve Bennett at Old Trafford on Sunday. Mascherano, who was shown a second yellow card for dissent, could face an FA charge for his actions, according to The Independent. In The Sun, former Arsenal and England striker Ian Wright offers a four-point plan for bringing respect back to the game. He believes clubs should be deducted points if players are found guilty of dissent and says only captains should be allowed to speak to referees if there is a dispute.

In The Times, Tony Cascarino says the only way to stop Cristiano Ronaldo may be to man-mark him. Cascarino calls the Reds' winger a "genius" before saying it's "surely time to man-mark him, to get in his face, to shadow his every move".

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