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: 34-year itch?

21/07/2009 08:18

We can get Ferget about City


Sir Alex Ferguson has dismissed Manchester City's title threat by claiming Liverpool and Chelsea are his only rivals. Megabucks City have splashed the cash this summer, signing Emmanuel Adebayor, Carlos Tevez, Gareth Barry and Roque Santa Cruz. But Ferguson does not think they will be strong enough to challenge for silverware. He said: "It won't be easy for them to win anything, even with the players they have bought. I can't look at them as our main competitors. Liverpool and Chelsea are our main competitors." Strikers Adebayor, Tevez and Santa Cruz join fellow frontmen Robinho, Craig Bellamy, Valeri Bojinov, Felipe Caicedo and Benjani at Eastlands. And Ferguson is baffled as to how Hughes will cope with the huge firepower in his squad. The Scot said: "They have bought a lot of high-profile players but they have eight strikers. That is a hell of a lot. I have not spoken to all the managers but the one or two I have are saying 'Who are they going to leave out?' How does he pick a team? We are all interested."
Staff reporter, The Sun

Meanwhile, Sir Alex says Cristiano Ronaldo's love for United could see him return to the club one day. "He may come back, you never know. He loved United, and if you look back at the six years he had with us, he never missed training," revealed the boss.

During a sit-down with the daily newspapers on tour, the Reds manager also admitted that he does not think Carlos Tevez is worth £25million. "The fans quite rightly have their heroes, and I respect the fans so I was happy to go along with a deal as long as it was the right deal. But simply he was not worth £25m," insisted Sir Alex.

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