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.

23/09/2008 07:55

Papers: Ronny set to start

Ronaldo set to start
Sir Alex Ferguson will chuck Cristiano Ronaldo in with the Carling Cup kids tonight for his first start of the season. Ronaldo made his long a waited comeback from the bench in Manchester United's last two games - against Villarreal and Chelsea - after undergoing the summer ankle surgery which forced him to miss the start of the new campaign. United's star performer would not normally feature in the Carling Cup. The competition is last on Fergie's list of priorities, the one he uses to give fringe players and emerging youngsters a rare taste of first-team action. But Fergie, mindful that Ronaldo needs valuable time in competitive games to get back to full fitness, is ready to start with him in tonight's third-round tie against Middlesbrough at Old Trafford.
David McDonnell, Daily Mirror

The Guardian has uncovered a team-building document that Arsene Wenger gives to his players before matches. Team play is also the theme as the paper's Kevin McCarra writes that Sir Alex Ferguson still has to find the right balance to his United side.

The Daily Express picks up on MUTV's quotes from Wayne Rooney that appeared on ManUtd.com on Sunday. Wazza thinks the Reds can go on a run of form now.

Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate says there is now pressure on his side to do well against the might and strength-in-depth of United's squad. "There will be players Sir Alex will want to give a game to and he’ll want to beat us so we have to be prepared," says Southgate.

John Obi Mikel tells the Daily Mail he made the right move joining Chelsea instead of United. (Yawn)

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