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.

03/12/2009 09:26

Papers: Ronny fears Reds

Madrid star doesn't want to face former club

CRISTIANO RONALDO has admitted he wants to avoid Manchester United in the Champions League this season. The £80million Real Madrid superstar is not relishing the possibility of facing Alex Ferguson and his former team-mates who he still regards as friends. But the European giants could meet as early as the first knockout round in February depending on results in next week's final group games. Ronaldo, 24, said: "I don't want to play against Manchester. It will be a strange feeling if I play them. Mr Ferguson helped me a lot in my career. I keep the same relationship with him. He's a good friend of mine. I still have the same friends. I speak sometimes with Rooney, Vidic, Ferdinand, Nani, Evra, Anderson."
Neil Custis, The Sun

The same red-top is also in full transfer gossip mode. It believes German keeper Manuel Neuer of Schalke is a United target, and claims Nani is definitely on his way out of OT having not played for a month due to a lack of form.

The papers have changed their tune about United’s youngsters after their criticism before the win over Tottenham. Martin Blackburn, again in The Sun, says: “They made light work of Harry Redknapp's expensively assembled team.” He also quotes Darron Gibson as saying: "We showed we are capable of playing in the Premier League because overall we deserved the win. There are some big teams left in the competition - but I don't see why we can't go and win it again."

Many of the papers are focusing on United’s decision not to sign Serbian youngster Adem Ljajic. The Express reckons the Reds have missed out on “the new Kaka”, while the Daily Star suggests a lack of funds is behind the decision.

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