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.

27/01/2009 08:38

Papers: Making history

History looms for Edwin van der Sar
The Manchester United goalkeeper has not been beaten for a club-record 942 minutes since Samir Nasri slotted the ball past him at the Emirates on Nov 26, and will overhaul Petr Cech's record, set with Chelsea during the 2004-05 season, to secure the Premier League's longest run without conceding should he stop the likes of Roman Bednar and Craig Beattie. Such has been Van der Sar's form, even in the twilight of his career, it is no surprise that he was the man singled out by Schmeichel, the barometer by which all Old Trafford goalkeepers are judged, as his successor when he left the club in 1999. Schmeichel said: "When I left Old Trafford, it was Edwin that I said the manager should sign. I said it then and I said it every time I spoke to Sir Alex afterwards."
Rory Smith, The Telegraph

Meanwhile, The Sun claim United’s defence could receive a further boost by the early return of Wes Brown and Rio Ferdinand. The paper does concede, however, that the more likely return date will be this Saturday’s clash against Everton.

The Daily Star says Sir Alex has told his players to turn “a good run into a great run” as the Reds look to register a ninth win in 11 league games against West Bromwich Albion tonight.

Much of Cristiano Ronaldo’s pre-Spurs ITV interview is being reported in The Mirror today. When asked if any player is worth £100million, Ronny answered: “Special players are maybe worth that. I agree with that. When you are good, when you are a special player, you are more expensive than the other ones. That's normal.”

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