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.

19/05/2009 11:27

Papers: Our greatest team

Sir Bobby: Simply the best


Sir Bobby Charlton has hailed Sir Alex Ferguson's champions as Manchester United's greatest side. The Busby Babe and 1968 European Cup winner has played in or watched all the great teams at Old Trafford since the 1950s and feels the current crop top the lot. Charlton said: "I think this United team and squad are the best the club has ever had. The game is getting faster and more intense. There is more concentration needed than ever before. Every side wants to beat United so badly, but this group of players concentrate so hard. They are a brilliant set of lads. There are some games when you think it might be a bridge too far for us with injuries or suspensions, but it never happens. They are an astonishing bunch. If we beat Barcelona nobody could ever accuse us of fluking it. They are a quality team and a marvellous club."
David Anderson, Daily Mirror

Meanwhile, United have again been linked with Wigan's tricky winger Antonia Valencia. But the Daily Mail claim that he won't come cheap, insisting the Reds would need to match an apparent £21.5m offer from Real Madrid in order to capture the Ecuadorian star.

Elsewhere, many papers comment that Sir Alex will risk the wrath of the relegation-threatened North East clubs after admitting he is likely to rest players at Hull on Sunday ahead of the Champions League final. The Daily Telegraph states: "Sir Alex is likely to be met by the accusation that United have called into question the integrity of the League."

Round Up By Mark Lomas

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