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Jury is still out on Nani and Valencia
Sir Alex Ferguson's sermon made short work of the afternoon. Liverpool were the better team and deserved to win. He also pointed out that he made the same speech twice last season and United still won the title. The first name on his team sheet in those days is now the first on Real Madrid's. The absence of Ronaldo is the greater part of the problem. Antonio Valencia has made a promising start, but is not yet a like-for-like replacement. When Nani will turn up is not clear. There is stardust in his feet, he just needs to connect them with his brain. Only at Tottenham have United looked a class apart. Progress in the Champions League tells us little. The standard in the group stages points to a two-tier Europe. Only Wolfsburg would raise a smile in the Premier League.
Kevin Garside, The Telegraph
In The Mirror, former footballer Stan Collymore has named Nemanja Vidic his ‘Villian of the Week’: “He has been sent off in the last three games against Liverpool.”
Jerry Lawton of the Daily Star mentions Darren Fletcher’s move from his home in South Manchester to a security-laden £2.5million mansion in Cheshire, following the break-in of knife-carrying thieves in February. He writes: “It has been fitted with a £100,000 security system which includes infra-red cameras to record night time movements. The house also has a secret escape route in case of emergencies, and high security fences.”
Many papers are picking up on Sir Alex Ferguson’s comments on Andre Marriner following yesterday’s defeat at Anfield. The United boss felt the referee was intimidated by the home crowd. Do you agree with the manager? Have your say about this and any other mentioned newspaper stories on Talking Reds.