Papers: Pogatetz apologises
Pogatetz sorry over tackle
Emanuel Pogatetz will apologise to Rodrigo Possebon for his horror challenge on the teenager. Possebon, 19, was chasing a ball in Manchester United’s Carling Cup clash with Middlesbrough on Tuesday. But Pog went through him with both feet, sending the Brazilian flying. Possebon had blood running from his leg and had to be given oxygen on the pitch. Boro defender Pogatetz insisted: “I have to say that I went for the tackle because I thought I could win the ball - I now accept, however, that I misjudged the challenge. Immediately after the incident I did not think it was a red-card offence because I did win the ball. But now that I have had the chance to see the tackle on TV, I know the ref was right to send me off. I am going to speak to Rodrigo by telephone and I will apologise for hurting him. I hope he will make a quick recovery.” Neil Custis, The Sun
In timely fashion, given the Blues' Carling Cup exit to Brighton, Sir Alex warns Manchester City that money cannot buy success. As the Boss puts it: “You can buy 11 individuals - you can buy 11 Robinhos - but it wouldn’t be a team would it?"
Meanwhile, The Sun speculates that United solicitor Maurice Watkins will be hired by West Ham United as they seek to overturn a big-money penalty for their part in the 2007 Carlos Tevez affair.