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.

24/12/2010 09:34

Papers: Wenger's riposte

John Cross writes in The Mirror…

Wenger ridicules Nani's title jibes
Arsene Wenger has ridiculed Nani after the Manchester United winger wrote off Arsenal's title chances. Portugese star Nani claimed only United and Chelsea can win the Premier League this season after claiming Arsenal and Manchester City are already out of the running. But Arsenal boss Wenger laughed off Nani's jibes and claimed he is ready to prove the United winger wrong. Wenger said: "Everybody has a different opinion in this league and nobody is a prophet. We live in a society where everybody knows everything and it looks like it is a shame to say I don't know. I personally don't know who will win the league. I have managed 1,600 games so if Nani knows he must be 1,600 times more intelligent than I am."

Several of today’s newspapers speculate on the date of United’s rearranged trip to Chelsea. ManUtd.com can confirm the game will be played on Tuesday 1 March at 19:45, subject to neither team being involved in an FA Cup fifth-round replay.

Elsewhere, there’s widespread coverage of the news, revealed on ManUtd.com on Thursday, that Edwin van der Sar is set to retire at the end of the season. The Sun and the Daily Express quote Sir Alex’s regret at not signing the Dutchman earlier in his career, while The Telegraph profiles goalkeepers who might ‘tempt’ United.

On Thursday Sir Alex quashed speculation suggesting he might re-sign David Beckham – that’s reported in the Daily Mail, along with quotes from Sunderland striker and United fan Asamoah Gyan, who’ll put sentimentality to one side this weekend.

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