Papers: Jewell praises Ron
Ronaldo and Foster to the rescue
A single-goal win over a team desperate not to become the worst in the history of the Barclays Premier League is, on the face of it, nothing to brag about. Yet in the context of this season's title race, Cristiano Ronaldo's goal 14 minutes from the end of a very testing encounter could turn out to be as crucial as any he has scored during past eight months. “He’s brilliant, Ronaldo, isn’t he?” [Derby County boss] Paul Jewell said to a nodding audience. “You can’t man-mark him because he starts off up front, drifts wide, comes into the hole. He’s six-foot-two, brave as a lion, strong as an ox and quick as lightning. If he was good looking you’d say he has everything.”Neil Moxley, Daily Mail
Reports from Saturday’s match dominate the column inches, with Ben Foster’s heroics earning much of the limelight. The Reds stopper made two brilliant saves in the space of 60 seconds to deny Derby County at Pride Park.
Elsewhere, Wednesday’s visitors to Old Trafford, Bolton, will face United without first-choice goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen
. The Sun
report Jaaskelainen, 32, was “crocked in the warm-up before the UEFA Cup tie with Sporting Lisbon” 11 days ago and is set to miss the rest of the season. Oman ‘keeper Ali Al Habsi is expected to start in his place.