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.

16/12/2010 11:00

Papers: Boss eyes Bridge win

Martin Blackburn writes in The Sun

We’ll smash Bridge curse
Alex Ferguson admits he cannot wait to get to struggling Chelsea and smash his eight-year Stamford Bridge hoodoo. Manchester United head for West London on Sunday looking to extend their unbeaten start to the season in the Premier League and consolidate top spot. In contrast, Carlo Ancelotti's men have picked up just six points from their last seven matches to ruin their impressive opening. On paper, at least, United will never have a better chance to pick up a first win at the home of the champions since April 2002. Looking ahead to the battle with the Blues, Sir Alex said: “That's a massive game now. We used to have a terrific record at Chelsea but not so much over the last few years. We haven't won there for a good while. It's a big game for us and we'll be ready for it. We can't get there soon enough. It will go a long way to establishing the top of the league. It's a big, big game for United.”

Sir Matt Busby’s son has paid tribute to Sir Alex ahead of the boss becoming United’s longest serving manager on Sunday. In an interview with The Mirror, Sandy Busby explains: “If he were here now my dad would hold a gun to Alex’s head and make him sign a new contract for another five years. He would be so proud of what Alex has achieved for United and I know he couldn’t think of a better man to succeed him as the club’s longest-serving manager.”

Elsewhere, Patrice Evra insists he was right to describe Arsenal as a club in crisis. The Sun quotes the Frenchman: “I think we confirmed what I'd said before the match. I think Arsenal played really well, you shouldn't neglect that, but we were better.”

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