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Predictably, the Reds’ victory in Italy is the centre of attention in all the papers today. The Mirror’s David Anderson focuses on Wayne Rooney, who admitted the famous half-time hairdryer treatment from Sir Alex transformed United’s performance. Oliver Holt, also writing for the Mirror, commented on David Beckham’s performance against his old side – the verdict being that he was dangerous early on, but faded away in the second half, as United took control.
James Ducker was rather critical of the Reds' performance in The Times. He claims United’s midfield was “bamboozled” by Sir Alex’s decision to station Fletcher out on the left with Park through the middle. He claims: “United players simply did not know what their colleagues were supposed to be doing. It almost had a domino effect, Fletcher’s absence in the centre affecting Carrick and Scholes, with the defence, in turn, exposed by gaping holes in a midfield that was about as secure as an Icelandic bank.”