Papers: Nev prefers title
I don't mind losing to Liverpool
Gary Neville will be happy to suffer another double dose of Mersey misery - if it means Manchester United lift the Premier League title again. The champions lost home and away to Liverpool last season but still beat them to the trophy in the end. This Sunday the old foes face each other at Anfield in another gigantic clash with all the pressure on struggling Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez. But while Neville is desperate to win, he will not worry if Benitez is beaming come Sunday night as long as the big prize is United's once more. He said: "Liverpool may have beaten us twice in the league last season but I wouldn't say we're looking for revenge. I suppose we'd rather lose both games again and win the league than beat Liverpool and not win the title." - Neil Custis, The Sun
Jim White in The Telegraph
is campaigning for Ryan Giggs to be awarded the Sports Personality of the Year Award for 2009. He writes: “A head of steam might easily build behind Giggs, one sufficient even to lap [Jenson] Button. With Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Real Madrid, he has emerged as the creative hub of the country’s leading club side. Which is not a bad feat for someone who turns 36 next month, an age at which most top-flight footballers have long since departed to spend more time with their current accounts.”
Pepe Reina will have no fears about a repeat beach-ball incident on Sunday, according to John Edwards of the Daily Mail
: “Liverpool's security staff have been instructed to react swiftly if they see any balloons or beach balls being inflated inside the stadium. Referee Andre Marriner will be looking out for any threat of disruption, with United fans expected to try and smuggle inflatables into the Anfield Road away section.”
Finally, all the papers pick up Rio’s quotes on needing a run of 10 games to regain top form.