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08/01/2009 08:28

Papers: Boss keeps faith

I'll Stick With The Kids
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson berated his players and admitted they could have been on the end of a semi-final embarrassment against Derby. He said: "We were lucky it was only one-nil. That's a real positive for us. Actually, it's a fantastic result, considering the game. We could have lost by four. We didn't play well at all. We were concerned about their dead-balls and crossing. Normally we are OK with that sort of thing but we looked panicked at the back." However, Derby's players did receive a minor boost as Ferguson confirmed within minutes of the final whistle that he will continue to give his younger players further first-team experience in the competition. "We will persevere with them," he added. "They were our better players."
Neil Moxey, Daily Mail

The tabloids largely focus on Nigel Clough's instant impact at Pride Park, as the Derby manager-in-waiting watched his Kris Commons score a famous winner for the Rams. "Clough has the Commons touch," is the Daily Express' headline.

Following Sir Alex Ferguson's assertion in Inside United that table-topping Liverpool will be nervous during the second half of the season, Rafael Benitez has quickly countered: “I still believe we can improve and will have more options for the second half of the season."

In transfer news, The Daily Telegraph says the Reds are facing competition to sign 19-year-old French midfielder Sofiane Feghouli from Grenoble, with Internazionale, Juventus and Atletico Madrid all interested.

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