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.

Papers: A clean sweep

16/02/2009 08:00

The Invincibles
Manchester United were hailed as English football's modern invincibles after crushing Derby County 4-1 at Pride Park to cruise into the last eight of the FA Cup. Even without some of their biggest names Sir Alex Ferguson’s Barclays Premier League champions blew away Nigel Clough’s team with goals from squad men Nani, Darron Gibson and Danny Welbeck as well as Cristiano Ronaldo. United visit Swansea or Fulham in the quarter-final after last night’s draw kept them and other Cup favourites Arsenal, Chelsea and Everton apart. Everton had earlier beaten Aston Villa 3-1. After United’s win, Derby boss Clough was asked if Ferguson’s side could win an unprecedented five trophies this season and said: "It’s possible. If anybody can, they can. We’ve played them three times in cup competitions this season and that was the best performance they’ve put on against us. If they had played Arsenal, Chelsea or Liverpool today, then they'd have put four past them as well."
Ian Ladyman, Daily Mail

Ryan Giggs is singled out in the majority of Monday morning's match reports after his role in the Pride Park stroll. "Giggs in particular was truly majestic," says The Daily Mirror. "At 35, with a barrow-load of trophies already, it could be argued the former Wales skipper is playing more consistently well than at any stage of his career."

Meanwhile, The Sun's 'Hand of Gob' story around a picture of Cristiano Ronaldo apparently spitting at Robbie Savage during Sunday's match is undone by the first quote, in which Savage says: "Nothing happened. I've got absolutely no problem with him."

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