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: Sparks fly

21/09/2009 08:17

We were robbed, cries furious Hughes


Mark Hughes tore into the officials after watching his Manchester City team come from behind three times only to lose an explosive derby 4-3 at a spellbound Old Trafford yesterday. As Sir Alex Ferguson, the Manchester United manager, took delight at silencing “a noisy neighbour”, Hughes claimed that City were “robbed” after watching Michael Owen score a controversial late winner and he accused Martin Atkinson, the referee, of being swayed by the home crowd. The City manager was furious that Owen’s goal had come in the sixth minute of stoppage time, even though Alan Wiley, the fourth official, had signalled for only an additional four minutes just as Craig Bellamy drew City level at 3-3 in the 90th minute, with his second goal of a tumultuous encounter.
James Ducker, The Times

All the papers hail United's stunning victory over City with the Reds' matchwinner Michael Owen insisting his injury-time goal will go down as one of the highlights of his career.

Meanwhile, police are investigating Craig Bellamy's confrontation with a fan towards the end of the game. The City striker marched towards the man, who had invaded the pitch, and shoved him in the face before the fan was led away by match stewards.

Round Up By Gemma Thompson

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