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.

31/12/2009 08:35

Papers: Red reunion

Becks: I almost cried at prospect of OT return
David Beckham said he almost shed tears when he heard that Milan, whom he is joining on loan next month, had been drawn to play Manchester United in the last 16 of the Champions League. "When I first heard about the tie I think I almost cried because it is such a special place for me," he said. Beckham will return to Old Trafford in March when Milan face United in the last 16 of the Champions League. He was adamant there would be no conflict of interest on the pitch: "I would like to progress further in the competition and, of course, when you come up against a club that you support and a club you have spent so many great years at and where you have still got so many friends at the club, those things are always difficult, but it's a nice problem to have. I've not returned to Old Trafford as a player in seven years. I miss it every day; I miss being a Manchester United player, I miss the club, I miss the fans and friends at the club. So it is always going to have a special place in my heart."
Staff reporter, The Guardian

All the papers hail United's 5-0 trouncing of Wigan with special praise reserved for goalscorers Wayne Rooney and former Latics winger Antonio Valencia.

Sir Alex, who is 68 today, said afterwards that he can now enjoy a very happy birthday after seeing his men cut Chelsea's lead at the top of the table to just two points: "It was an excellent performance and I'm very, very pleased."

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