Papers: Ready for Rangers
Manchester gearing up for Rangers return
Manchester was last night bracing itself for another invasion of Rangers’ notorious fans. Manchester United’s pairing with the Glasgow club in their Champions League group sparked fears of a repeat of the mayhem caused by Rangers fans in the city centre before, during and after the UEFA Cup final at Manchester City’s Eastlands stadium in May 2008. Rangers will visit Old Trafford on September 14 but last night police, UEFA and the two clubs dismissed suggestions that Rangers fans could be banned from the match. United chief executive David Gill also played the diplomacy card, saying: “I don’t think it’s something we need to worry about. Clearly we have to work with the authorities and with Rangers and as a club we will do that. But they will not be bringing the number of fans who came to the UEFA Cup final and we have to look positively at the game.” Richard Tanner, Daily Express
The Rangers fixture is the focus for many newspapers in their reaction to the draw. The Times
lead with the headline “Security tops agenda as United draw Rangers” and “New yob fear over Gers tie” is the Daily Star
's main story on the Reds.
In other news, the Daily Telegraph reports that United centre-back Rio Ferdinand could return in less than two weeks. Despite Sir Alex’s previous estimate that Rio was likely to miss a chunk of September’s fixtures, the broadsheet claims the England captain has made a “quicker than expected recovery”.
The Sun reports that Paul Scholes will once again turn down an approach from Fabio Capello to rejoin the England set-up. The Mirror has Michael Carrick quotes on his “battle” to re-establish himself in the Reds' engine room.