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.

Papers: Reds chase Witsel

12/11/2008 09:24

United join race to sign Witsel


Manchester United have joined the chase for Axel Witsel after Sir Alex Ferguson sent one of his top scouts to watch the teenage midfielder in UEFA Cup action last week. The United manager has been alerted to growing interest in Witsel and may now join the bidding for him after studying a report on another impressive performance in Standard Liege's 1-0 win over Sevilla last Thursday.
Sportsmail can reveal that United and Inter Milan were both represented at the game but that Bolton's hopes of landing the 19-year old for £6million have been dashed after they were told it would take at least twice as much to prise him away.
John Edwards, Daily Mail

Most of the daily newspapers praise Carlos Tevez for his match-winning performance against QPR, while the Daily Telegraph gives Danny Welbeck a mention for coming off the bench to win United's spot-kick.

The Sun describes Owen Hargreaves' double knee operation as "career-saving", following the midfielder's visit to renowned specialist Dr Richard Steadman.

West Brom are closing in on a move to sign United's Angolan forward Manucho on loan in January, according to the Daily Mail.

And finally... Mirror columnist Oliver Holt believes Sir Alex should be BBC Sports Personality of the Year. Holt writes: "The BBC, I imagine, would regard the prospect with undiluted horror. Worse than reuniting Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross for a Christmas special. Well, I'm sorry, but I still think Sir Alex Ferguson should win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award for 2008."

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