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.

17/09/2008 08:27

Papers: Boss left bemused

Fergie: Terry let-off is ridiculous


Sir Alex Ferguson launched a furious attack on refs’ chief Keith Hackett after John Terry escaped a red-card ban. Chelsea had Terry’s dismissal for fouling Manchester City’s Jo overturned by the FA. The England centre-half will now not serve a three-match suspension — and is free to face title rivals Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. Sir Alex fumed: “I understand Hackett told ref Mark Halsey to rescind the card and he wouldn’t. So now he is refereeing in League Two this weekend. I do not understand how this has happened. If it had been a Manchester United player, Hackett would not have done this. This is going to have to happen all the time if a referee is considered to have made a mistake.” An independent FA panel — which did not include Hackett — upheld Chelsea’s claim of wrongful dismissal.
Neil Custis, The Sun

As reported on ManUtd.com on Tuesday, Sir Alex has told United fans it is time to forgive Cristiano Ronaldo for trying to quit the club. The Reds' boss says Ronaldo deserves another chance as he has been a model professional since returning to United and battling back from his ankle injury.

Villarreal midfielder Marcos Senna has revealed he came close to signing for United two seasons ago. "Things were very advanced with Manchester United," admitted the Spaniard, "but ultimately I came to an agreement with this club that suited me and so I stayed."

In other news, the Daily Mail report that United's shirt sponsor AIG has been taken over by the U.S. government. American authorities pieced together an emergency $85 billion rescue of AIG Inc to stave off a bankruptcy that officials decided would have a 'catastrophic' effect on global markets.

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