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: Do or die

24/02/2009 09:01

Kill or be killed
Cristiano Ronaldo reckons it is time to ‘kill or be killed’ in the Champions League. And the Portuguese superstar predicts Manchester United will deal the fatal blow to Inter Milan when they clash in the San Siro tonight. Ronaldo said: “We have a more experienced team and are the reigning champions. It’s time to kill or be killed. Whoever loses will exit the competition - and we don’t want to lose. It will be a difficult game but I think Manchester United have a better team. They’re a team with very experienced players but we also have our aces and great players. It will be a good game, a well-contested game, and the better team will triumph. I have won the Champions League and want to repeat that very soon.” Ronaldo will expect to be targeted by the Serie A leaders in the second-round, first-leg battle. Yet manager Alex Ferguson insists the player will stand up to it. Ferguson said: “When we came here two years ago and played AC Milan in the semi-final, we saw the immaturity of the boy. But he is a different player now."
Neil Custis, The Sun

Ahead of an intriguing Champions League clash, the absorbing off-field sparring between Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho takes up plenty of column inches. The Sun's Steven Howard says the United manager edged the pre-match duel, claiming: 'the old bruiser put the young contender for the crown firmly in his place.'

The FA have confirmed that Ronaldo will not face any action for flicking a boot at Blackburn's David Dunn, as he received a 'ticking off' from referee Howard Webb.

Meanwhile, Tottenham defender Jonathan Woodgate is a doubt for Sunday's Carling Cup final, having suffered a head injury after scoring the winner in Spurs' 2-1 victory at Hull City on Monday evening.

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