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.

18/05/2009 09:48

Papers: Rafa snubs Sir Alex

Benitez: I'll say well done to Utd, no one else
Rafa Benitez last night refused to congratulate Alex Ferguson on winning the Premier League. The angry Liverpool boss could not even bear to mention Fergie’s name when quizzed about Manchester United’s achievement in drawing level with the Reds on 18 titles. Instead, Rafa — whose side relegated West Brom yesterday by beating the Baggies 2-0 — snapped: “I’ll say ‘Well done’ to Manchester United — but not to anybody else! I try to be polite and respectful to my fellow managers at all times throughout the season. But in this case, I saw some things and I heard some things that I did not like. So I’ll repeat, to make it clear, that I’m prepared to congratulate Manchester United as a good club and a big club. But that’s all, nothing else.”
Janine Self, The Sun

Meanwhile Ryan Giggs has hailed Nemanja Vidic after the Serbian scooped two gongs at United’s end of season awards ceremony. Giggs, who picked up the PFA Player of the Season crown last month, was beaten to the United Players’ and Fans’ Player of the Year titles by the defender. The Welshman is quoted in The Sun saying: “Consistently through the season he’s been brilliant.”

Elsewhere the Daily Mirror claims that Carlos Tevez will leave United in the summer because he “does not feel loved by boss Sir Alex Ferguson.” The paper has interpreted the Argentine’s substitution on Saturday as Tevez waving “adios” to the fans at Old Trafford.

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