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.

22/12/2009 09:33

Papers: Open season

Nev: Race is still on
Gary Neville says recent results prove that the Premier League title race will be one of the most open for years. The Manchester United skipper said: “I’ve been saying all along that it’s not a two-horse race – it can change so quickly. We’ve dropped points, Chelsea have dropped points, and it can close up at the top very quickly.” United crashed to their fifth defeat – boss Sir Alex Ferguson always reckons that is the limit if a team is to take the title – at Fulham on Saturday. And leaders Chelsea failed to cash in by only drawing with West Ham on Sunday.
Bill Thornton, Daily Star

The Mirror believes Cristiano Ronaldo is pining for Manchester despite being happy at his new club Real Madrid. The Portuguese is quoted as saying: “What people think about me is their opinion but I really miss Manchester a little bit as I played there for six years and I left a few friends there. So I miss the club a little bit but I'm focused now at Real Madrid and I'm really, really happy there.”

The papers are unusually quiet on the United front. Many report on Sir Alex’s quotes that the club will not sign players in January, while others are still full of opinion on the Reds' defeat to Fulham on Saturday.

For example, Derek McGovern writes in The Mirror: "Their makeshift back four succeeded in doing what no other defence has ever done - it made Bobby Zamora look a worldbeater."

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