Papers: Injuries sour win
Ferguson on edge as Neville and O’Shea hurt
Sir Alex Ferguson accused "casual" Manchester United of almost throwing away the opportunity to reclaim pole position in the title race after seeing the champions laboured to victory against Portsmouth at Old Trafford. Michael Carrick's 82nd-minute goal confirmed victory for United following Wayne Rooney's ninth-minute opener. However, Ferguson suffered a double setback when he revealed Gary Neville and John O'Shea will be out for "weeks" after both limped off. Neville was forced off with a foot injury and his replacement O'Shea hobbled out after half-time after taking a heavy blow to his ankle. Ferguson said: "They are both out for weeks. They were both bad tackles but the referee did didn't do anything about them."Mark Ogden, The Telegraph
There’s widespread coverage of United’s 2-0 win in all the papers, while speculation is also rife about Carlos Tevez’s future. The Guardian
quote the Argentina international as saying: "I need a regular place in the team to offer my best level and if that cannot happen at United I believe it will be my last year [at the club]."
There’s more praise for Paul Scholes today as he made his 600th United appearance against Portsmouth. The Metro
say Scholes, who set up Michael Carrick’s goal, was the Reds’ “inspiration” in last night's 2-0 win.
Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror claim United could sign Brazilian teenager Dodo in the summer. He’s currently at Corinthians and the Mirror describes him as “strong in the air and talented on the ball”.