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.

22/05/2008 08:17

Papers: Down to fate

It was fate
Sir Alex Ferguson claimed the best is still to come after Manchester United clinched the Double in dramatic fashion. Ryan Giggs and Edwin van der Sar sealed United's sudden-death shootout joy in Moscow after a 1-1 draw with Chelsea in the Champions League final. And Ferguson insisted victory was down to fate - 50 years after the Munich air disaster decimated the club's Busby Babes. The United chief said: "I think this has the makings of being my best ever team. It’s fantastic. I think there is a sense of fate about this. I think we deserved to win."
Neil Custis, The Sun

There are countless column inches dedicated to United's dramatic victory.

Ryan Giggs hailed it the "best night of his life" after lifting the trophy with Rio Ferdinand, while Cristiano Ronaldo used the celebrations to tell United fans: I’m going nowhere. The Portuguese wizard insisted: “I am going to stay — there’s no way I’m leaving. I feel so happy. This is the happiest day of my life."

Shoot-out hero Edwin van der Sar erased 12 years of pain with his save from Nicolas Anelka. The Dutchman revealed that clinching the Double has quelled the agony of losing on penalties with Ajax in the 1996 final. "Twelve years ago I lost on penalties and we've won it now. It's unbelievable. We deserve it. It's fantastic."

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