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: Time for change

04/11/2009 09:54

United pushed to the limit

Sir Alex Ferguson urged UEFA to review Darren Fletcher’s controversial booking after Manchester United came from behind to claw their way into the Champions League knockout stages with an enthralling 3-3 draw against CSKA Moscow at Old Trafford last night. Wayne Rooney celebrated becoming a father by coming off the substitutes’ bench to inspire a dramatic fightback, but Ferguson was outraged by the referee’s decision to deny Fletcher a clear penalty and show him a yellow card for diving. Although yellow cards cannot be appealed, Ferguson has asked the European governing body to make an exception after branding Olegario Benquerenca’s decision to book Fletcher as “the worst I have ever seen in my lifetime”. It appeared that the midfield player clearly had been tripped. Ferguson fears that the yellow card could come back to haunt United and Fletcher, who missed the Champions League final against Barcelona in May after being controversially sent off in the semi-final against Arsenal.
James Ducker, The Times

In transfer chit-chat, The Daily Mail claims Manchester City will rival United for Everton's highly-rated Jack Rodwell, 18. The pair, and other top Premier League clubs, will allegedly wait until the summer before bidding for the versatile youngster.

Meanwhile, the same paper links United Reserves coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with the manager's role at Rosenborg. Ole's adviser, Jim Solbakken said: "It is only natural that the Norwegian club would check out Ole Gunnar’s situation. He will not be reserve team coach at Manchester United for the rest of his life."

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