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.

15/02/2010 09:41

Papers: Good timing

It's a good time to meet Milan


Sir Alex Ferguson believes AC Milan are a different proposition since the departure of Kaka and is in buoyant mood as his Manchester United side prepare to travel to the San Siro. Kaka moved to Real Madrid last summer, joining former United forward Cristiano Ronaldo at the Bernabeu. United lost 3-0 in their last contest with the Rossoneri at the San Siro as Kaka inspired the hosts to a semi-final win in 2007 and Ferguson is happy not to be facing the Brazil playmaker. "It's a good time for us to be going to Milan," said Ferguson. "They played this weekend (beating Udinese 3-2 on Friday night), they've lost Kaka and have a few injuries, whereas we aren't playing this weekend and we have had a good rest." Tactically, Leonardo's side have been forced to adapt since Kaka's move to Spain, according to Ferguson. Ferguson added: "They have changed since they lost Kaka. They used Kaka at the head of a diamond and two front players but they have changed that and gone 4-3-3 with two wide players and three centre-midfield players. You have to recognise they are not short of skill and experience. Ronaldinho, Pato all these players, but equally we have players who can win the match too. After the experience in the San Siro three years ago, where they dominated the game, I know that won't happen again."
Staff writer, Daily Mirror

According to The Sun, Dimitar Berbatov is relishing the chance to feature at the San Siro. "I've played against each big club in the world but never against Milan - I'm very excited," says the Bulgarian. "I was a fan because Van Basten was there. I was a big admirer, he is one of the greatest forwards ever."

The Daily Mail claims Manchester City will launch a shock bid for defender Nemanja Vidic, who has also repeatedly been linked with a move to Real Madrid next summer.

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