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Fergie Red-y for battle
Sir Alex Ferguson has laughed off talk that Manchester United are a spent force. Fergie told the Premier League and Europe to write them off at their peril. He was riled as pundits queued up to claim United were well below their normal level. Many expected a rejuvenated Tottenham to deal the champions their second losing hand of the season on Saturday. Then the real United showed itself again. They came from a goal down to win 3-1 at what was quickly becoming known as fortress White Hart Lane. Yesterday in Istanbul, Fergie had that glint in his eye as he reflected on ramming the words back down his doubters' throats. He said: "Some guy said it was the worst United team in years. That was a beauty! The worst team in years! Maybe it will be... maybe we will only win the league. It will be really hard to win the league.”
Neil Custis, The Sun
The Daily Star focuses on United’s opening Champions League Group B clash against Besiktas in Istanbul, with Rio Ferdinand admitting United's final heartbreak last year will spur him on. He said: “It was sickening because we were on the cusp of greatness. To lose the way we did was difficult. The worst thing was that we didn’t even put up a fight. It's not an easy thing to talk about."
Writing in The Times, James Ducker believes United will see the best of Wayne Rooney in his central role. He says: “Sir Alex Ferguson has decided that now is an opportune time to stop sacrificing Rooney for the greater good. The effect has been like taking a snarling dog off its leash. Played consistently through the middle, as opposed to being marooned on the wing, Rooney has six goals in as many games for United this season.”