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15/05/2008 08:48

Papers: Final mind games?

United title was a reffin’ fix
Avram Grant faces a disrepute charge after claiming ref Steve Bennett helped Manchester United win the Premier League. Bennett oversaw United’s 2-0 title clincher at Wigan on Sunday but Chelsea boss Grant said: “In England there are very good referees but some you can influence.” Ref Bennett failed to award Wigan a penalty for a Rio Ferdinand handball but later gave United a spot-kick from which they scored. He also did not send off United midfielder Paul Scholes for a second foul on Wilson Palacios. Grant raged: “I believe in the tradition of the fair English game. I will not say anything against it. But what happened is what I expected. “Paul Scholes should have been shown a red card and Wigan awarded a penalty.” Asked if he is glad an English ref will not oversee the Champions League final, Grant said: “I can say it like this – yes.”
Shaun Custis, The Sun

Michael Owen is being linked with a move to Old Trafford in the News Of The World, with the paper claiming “informal contact has been made” with Newcastle United. It’s thought the England international would cost the Reds approximately £7million.

Meanwhile, The Daily Express claim United defender Jonny Evans, who spent the second half of the 2007/08 season on loan at Sunderland, is keen to make the move permanent. It’s suggested £5million will be required to take him to the Stadium of Light.

In other news, Sir Bobby Charlton is quoted in The Mirror as saying the current squad shouldn’t feel pressured to win the Champions League final for the memory of those who died in the Munich air disaster, 50 years ago. Read the full story in our News And Features section.

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