Papers: Giggs injury fear
Giggs injury gives Ferguson a headache
Manchester United are anxiously awaiting the results of an x-ray after Ryan Giggs left Villa Park with his right arm in a sling at the end of an evening that also saw Sir Alex Ferguson suffer the blow of losing Nani for three domestic matches, including the Carling Cup final, after the Portuguese was sent off in the first half for a two-footed lunge on Stilian Petrov. Giggs left the field in the 74th minute clutching his arm after a challenge with the Villa substitute Steve Sidwell and United will hope to ascertain the full extent of the damage this morning. With Nani facing an automatic three-match suspension for his reckless challenge, which Ferguson acknowledged was worthy of a straight red card, United can ill-afford to lose Giggs as well. They will be particularly keen to have him available for Tuesday's Champions League game against Milan. "We have sent Ryan for an x-ray to see if there is any damage," said Ferguson. "It is very painful but hopefully he is going to be all right."Stuart James, The Guardian
Nani's dismissal against Villa is a talking point in most of the papers, with The Mirror describing the three-match ban as "reckless and needless" and The Times labelling the in-form winger as "immature".
But the press are largely united in their praise of United's performance on Wednesday. The Reds dominated, despite playing with 10 men for more than an hour after Nani's red card. "It says everything about United’s mood that their body language as they left the pitch last night was that of a team who regarded this result as two points dropped," reports The Times.
Elsewhere, the Daily Star carries a complimentary piece about Rio Ferdinand, previewing the new England captain's fashion range, Five.