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: Guus chase

16/03/2009 09:41

Chelsea can catch 'tense' Manchester United, says Guus Hiddink 

Guus Hiddink last night claimed Chelsea were ready to take advantage of Manchester United's title "tension" and warned Sir Alex Ferguson: "We're in your rearview mirror." Michael Essien's first-half goal saw the Blues leapfrog United's conquerors Liverpool to move into second, four points adrift of the Old Trafford side, who have a game in hand. Even though Deco and Didier Drogba limped off - the former with a season-ending recurrence of a hamstring injury - Hiddink believes life has been breathed back into the title fight. He said: "It's clear that the tension has come back into the league and that's a boost for us. When you are in the driver's seat and someone else is coming up in your mirrors, you can get a little bit nervous. Rafa and Sir Alex are very experienced, but I will try to chase them."
Martin Lipton, The Mirror

Elsewhere, the fallout from United's defeat to Liverpool dominates the back pages, with Rio Ferdinand's assertion that it could be a wake-up call for the champions widely reported.

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez claims United are 'shaky', while captain Steven Gerrard insists the Merseysiders can still win the title.

Several newspapers report that Sir Alex Ferguson snubbed Sky after the game in protest at the 12:45 kick-off time.

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