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14/01/2009 08:40

Papers: Master mind

Sir Alex Is The Master Mind
Steve Bruce insists no one beats Alex Ferguson at mind games. Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez sparked a war of words with Fergie when he launched a stinging attack on the Manchester United chief last Friday. But Bruce, who played under Ferguson at United, says his old gaffer will always win any psychological battle. The Wigan manager declared: “How do you take him on? You don’t. I think that is the motto. He is fantastic at what he does and there will never be another. I can’t pay him compliments high enough. How he has managed at that level for so long and what he has done is quite remarkable. He still has the hunger for the fight and that is there for everyone to see. You are born with that. A lot of people have tried to take him on. But people forget he always has a very good team up his sleeve to back him up. The results tell you that. He is convinced he has the best players.”
Matt Parker, The Sun

Ahead of Bruce's return to Old Trafford with Wigan tonight, Sir Alex insists the Reds need to maintain the standards set in Sunday's win over Chelsea. “We need to win this and again at Bolton on Saturday to go top - that has to be the aim," says the United manager.

Freshly-crowned FIFA World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo is similarly set on winning more silverware - all of it, in fact. "We want to win everything this season and I know it’s possible," the Portuguese winger is quoted as saying in all the tabloids.

However, The Daily Mail's Martin Samuel doubts the Reds' chances of a clean sweep of silveware, using his column to suggest that the smart money is on Inter to knock the Reds out of the Champions League. "Since 2004, the last 16 of the competition has been the graveyard of champions," he reasons.

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