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30/04/2009 08:45

Papers: Sheasy's reward

Ferguson: O'Shea's in for the final
John O'Shea will receive the perfect birthday present today - the promise of a Champions League final place. Boss Alex Ferguson revealed the versatile Irishman is a near-certainty to start in Rome if his Manchester United side keep their lead over Arsenal in this semi-final. O’Shea, 28 today, got the only goal in the 18th minute of last night’s first leg at Old Trafford. And after staying on the bench throughout last season’s triumph over Chelsea in Moscow, he has the perfect incentive to make sure United reach a second successive final. Fergie said: “John is one of the great professionals of our time. The boy never complains and is happy to play anywhere. He has not always been the No 1 choice. But he produces 30 performances a season which we’re grateful for. He plays left-back, right-back, centre-back and midfield. He is so versatile. This season he has not missed many games because of the injuries we have had. And if you ask me now if we get to the final will he be in the team, I would say yes.”
Neil Custis, The Sun

The tabloids all concede that Arsenal are fortunate to still be in the tie after enduring a 1-0 mauling at Old Trafford. "Arsene Wenger has surely never enjoyed the sort of good fortune he and his side experienced at Old Trafford," writes The Sun's Steven Howard.

Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo hailed Ryan Giggs after the 35-year-old reached 800 United appearances against Arsenal. "It's an unbelievable achievement," says Ronny. "I hope to be like him one day."

One player whose Reds career may be curtailed this summer is that of Tom Heaton, according to The Daily Mirror. "It's hard at United with such top players in my way," says the goalkeeper, who has spent the season on loan at Cardiff.

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